Industry sector: Business services

Waste collection: Rent


Think about the type of premises that you will require and the amount of space that you will need.

You will probably need a yard or depot big enough to store your vehicle/s, plus any waste disposal containers that belong to your business. You may decide that undercover storage is needed. A business with a large vehicle fleet might have on-site maintenance and servicing facilities.

If waste is going to be stored temporarily, sorted or processed at your premises then you will need additional space for this. You might, for example, separate out metals and other recyclables to sell on. Note that there are certain legal requirements you will have to comply with if you store waste at your premises - for example you will need to take steps to prevent contamination of ground-water. You will also need to register your premises as a licensed waste transfer station and obtain an environmental permit (or waste management licence in Scotland and Northern Ireland) unless an exemption applies. Contact one of the following organisations as appropriate to find out more about legal requirements relating to your premises:

  • the Environment Agency in England
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • the Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland

Think about other facilities that you will require at your premises. For example, you will probably need some office space and general staff facilities.

Bear in mind that planning permission is likely to be an important issue for businesses that use a heavy vehicles and handle controlled (and possibly hazardous) waste. Make sure that vehicle access and the local road network is up to the job.

Enter in your cash flow forecast the amount of rent you will have to pay in the months when you will have to pay it. If you have not yet decided on a particular site you could contact a local estate agent who handles commercial property to get an idea of how much the rent is likely to be.

Your solicitor will help you with a lease agreement but make sure that you are clear about:

  • whether the premises can be used for your purposes
  • how frequently the rent will be reviewed
  • how long the lease runs for
  • what you and the landlord are each responsible for
  • the position as regards sub-letting