Commercial Waste and Enforcement

If your organisation does NOT collect commercial waste from businesses please skip to question 3. Otherwise please continue to question 1.


1: Do you use the EDOC system for commercial waste? (

1b, If not, are there any specific reasons why it has not been implemented?

2: What commercial waste streams do you collect?

Please answer yes or no.


Mixed Recycling:







Other (Please describe):


3: Do you enforce Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990? (Duty of Care for businesses)?

3.A If yes is this done internally or by an external company?

3.B Is the enforcement facilitated strategically based on intelligence or through random visits?

3.C How many enforcement officers do you have?

3.D Do you offer a grace period when discovering a business is in breach of the EPA where they can improve their compliance? Or is the fixed penalty notice issued immediately?

3.E How many fixed penalty notices have been issued in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for businesses not having Duty of Care/Transfer of Waste documents.

3.F How many fixed penalty notices have been issued in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for businesses not keeping to the waste hierarchy. Such as keeping waste to a minimum by doing everything they reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste in that order. As enforced by the Environmental Protection Act.


Questions 1-3 – Devon County Council is a Waste Disposal Authority and not a Waste Collection Authority. Devon County Council therefore does not collect commercial waste from businesses.


4: If applicable, what checks are in place to mitigate commercial and trade waste entering household waste sites?

DCC operate a vehicle restriction policy. This can be found online at:-


In addition, DCC will turn away any obvious trade/business waste from its Household Waste sites. If it is not obvious if the waste is trade/commercial/business or household then the depositor will be asked to complete a legal declaration form confirming the waste is from their own household and not a business or Trade. These are monitored and followed up as appropriate.


4:A If applicable, do you allow businesses to take waste to your household waste sites? If so, what are the charges?


We allow cardboard waste and garden waste to be delivered by businesses using pre-paid tickets. The details/charges can be found online at:-