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The BCC Business Waste Guide

Private Waste Collection

If you’re wanting to start a business, it’s a good idea to get the trash side of it up and running as soon as possible, or else you can run into some problems with disposing of the waste you create pretty fast. Business plans frequently forget disposal and collection costs, because they aren’t seen as something noticeably expensive. Until they are.


That’s why we’re here to help out, give you a quick rundown of why it’s a good idea to plan it out before it’s a problem, and even teach you a thing or two about where to get started.


Just in case this isn’t something you’ve looked up or thought about before, we’re going to put it as straight-forward and simple as we can. Ready?

Why is commercial waste different to municipal waste?

They’re not as different as you’d think, but for legal reasons they have to stay separate. Plus, would you want to pay extra taxes to cover businesses in your area throwing out trash?


Municipal solid waste is defined by law as unwanted items thrown out by homeowners or apartment residents, that are made through their daily household activities. This also covers small amounts of DIY waste too, but for bigger amounts you may need to pay a removal service or hire a dumpster.


Commercial waste on the other hand consists of any waste made by a company. This includes old food and paper in a corporate building, as well as hazardous materials, but the laws vary depending on the type of waste. If your business deals with waste similar to what a regular household would produce, there’s less red tape and regulations to follow.


Hazardous waste is looked at differently from state to state, but it’s always harder to dispose of. Anything toxic, flammable or corrosive has to be picked up by vehicles with Department of Transport (DOT) registration and compliance, and taken to a special landfill.


Do I need a waste management company?

Not really, but they can help you save a lot of time and money in the long run. 

Like we said earlier, the rules are strict, especially for hazardous waste, and having the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knocking on your door isn’t what anybody wants.


Illegal dumping can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on state, the amount of waste,

the type of waste, and whether it is hazardous, or whether you’ve been charged before.


On top of these charges and potential jail time, fines are commonplace too. Depending on the severity, this can be between $50 and $50,000 per day.


Hiring another company to manage your waste is the best way to avoid this happening, because they already know the laws and have all the qualifications. 


What other benefits are there?

Waste management businesses are also experts in giving you advice, so they can tell you where you can recycle, and how to make collections cheaper. It’ll also help you come across as a greener business, helping your reputation.

How expensive is it?

Sadly, there isn’t just a ‘one size fits all’ price for your disposal, but your price will always be made up of these factors:


  • The type of waste (hazardous is the most expensive, food waste is the cheapest)
  • How much there is (mostly weight but some suppliers charge by size too)
  • How many locations you need collection from
  • The state you operate in


Landfill sites also have a tipping fee for every ton of trash that gets dropped off to them. $59.93 was the average per ton for states with waste-to-energy (WTE) in 2019. In states without it, the average tip fee was $53.58 per ton. Landfills with less space charge more, so if you’re visiting a landfill that’s at capacity you’ll have to pay an excess. This goes for smaller landfill sites too. 


A supplier works this all out for you and gives you a bill every month, and it comes out cheaper too since they know where to look. Without them, you have to put this all together yourself. 


Because of all of these factors, it usually takes a lot of research to find out how much you should be paying, and what your cheapest option usually is. That’s why we have a comparison on the best suppliers. We take your business name, type of waste, amount of waste and a few other details, and put you in touch with the cheapest company for your needs. No more scratching heads.

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