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Commercial waste collection providers in Bristol

Companies and other organisations in Bristol have many choices for commercial waste management. To assist in making this crucial decision, our commercial waste experts have compiled the following guide to the best commercial waste providers based in and around Bristol.

💡Click if you’re looking for commercial recycling, hazardous waste or council waste services in Bristol.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">McCarthy Marland</a></h3>

McCarthy Marland

McCarthy Marland is a local waste management company operating across Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, and Somerset. McCarthy’s proudly recycles 90% of the waste collected by its fleet of 32 waste vehicles.

The firm provides services across Bristol and Bath from its location on the banks of the River Avon in St Philip’s, a suburb of Bristol.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hills Waste</a></h3>

Hills Waste

Hills Waste Solutions offers collection services to businesses across the West Country with its fleet of 200 waste vehicles.

Established back in 1900, the team at Hills is proud of its service and contribution to the local community. Hills has provided the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust with almost £9 million in grants to date, helping to maintain and grow local nature reserves, including Brandon Hill in Clifton.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bristol Waste</a></h3>

Bristol Waste

Bristol Waste is a brand indirectly operated by the City of Bristol Council, whose main activity is providing regular domestic waste collections across the city.

Bristol Waste is a non-profit organisation where all surplus profits are reinvested back into the City to improve services and the environment. Bristol Waste offers a range of one-off and regular collection services for businesses.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ETM Recycling</a></h3>

ETM Recycling

ETM Recycling’s goal is to divert as much of Bristol’s waste as possible from landfill. This is achieved through their state-of-the-art Material Recovery Centre in Knowle West.

ETM Recycling provides commercial waste services to some of Bristol’s largest institutions, including the University of the West of England and Ashton Gate Football Stadium.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Grundon</a></h3>


Grundon is the UK’s largest family-owned commercial waste provider. Operating from their central Bristol location in St Philip’s Marsh, Grundon utilises a specialist fleet of carbon-neutral waste vehicles.

Grundon offers a full suite of waste services, including commercial food waste and business glass recycling collections.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ecogen Recycling</a></h3>

Ecogen Recycling

Ecogen provides commercial cardboard and plastics recycling services throughout Bristol. The collected recyclables are processed at their nearby recycling centre in Hampshire.

Ecogen achieves a recycling rate greater than 99%, with the remainder being converted into biofuel. This positions them as one of the providers with the highest recycling rates in the UK.

Commercial waste collection with Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council strictly prohibits local businesses from disposing of waste on the kerb for collection by the free weekly domestic waste service.

Bristol’s regular domestic waste collections are carried out by ‘Bristol Waste’, which offers businesses one-off and regular waste collection services for a fee. We’ve included Bristol Waste in our breakdown of Bristol’s commercial waste providers above.

Commercial waste recycling centres in Bristol

Bristol City Council operates a commercial waste transfer station in Avonmouth, where businesses can legally dispose of their commercial waste. The commercial waste recycling centre is branded as ‘Bristol Waste’, the name of the waste collection service operated by Bristol City Council.

Bristol commercial waste disposal address is: Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 0YS.

⚠️ Businesses that transport their waste must be registered with a waste carrier licence. Register a carrier licence here. Anyone visiting the site must wear PPE, including steel-toe cap boots.

The waste transfer stations above will provide you with a Waste Transfer Note for any business waste you bring, allowing your company to demonstrate its compliance with commercial waste regulations.

Website – Bristol Waste Company – Business transfer station.

Bristol commercial waste recycling centre cost

Neither the Bristol Waste Company nor the Bristol City Council website publish a price list for the Avonmouth transfer station. However, they provide the following information:

  • Payment can be made by cash or card at the site.
  • Costs are based on the weight and classification of waste you take.
  • Costs are reduced if you’ve segregated recycling streams in advance.

Commercial waste collection services in Bristol

Businesses in Bristol have access to a wide range of regular waste collection providers for their day-to-day waste management needs. Given the many choices available, our business waste experts are ready to help you find the most cost-effective options. Simply start by entering your details above.

If you’re in search of specialist or one-off waste collection services in Bristol, continue reading for details on the best providers operating across the city:

<h3 id="recycling">Commercial recycling services in Bristol</h3>

Commercial recycling services in Bristol

All the commercial waste collection providers we have highlighted above offer a range of recycling collections, including dry mixed recycling, as well as glass and food waste collections.

These firms are legally obligated to minimise the volume of Bristol’s waste reaching landfills.

We recommend consolidating your recycling and general business waste collections into a single contract to obtain the most cost-effective business waste collection rates.

<h3>One-off waste collection in Bristol</h3>

One-off waste collection in Bristol

It’s common for businesses to require a one-off waste collection service for projects such as office refurbishments. Our experts have compiled a list of highly-rated local firms offering this service:

Avon Waste Clearance is a family-owned removal company that provides commercial office clearance services, including asbestos removal.

Brunel Rubbish Clearance provides commercial site clearance services across Bristol, Portishead and Chepstow.

<h3 id="hazardous">Hazardous waste services in Bristol</h3>

Hazardous waste services in Bristol

Companies and organisations in the healthcare sector and related industries often require specialist waste providers. Our experts have compiled the following list of hazardous waste providers in the Bristol area:

Environmental waste services based across the Severn Bridge in Newport offer specialise in asbestos removal services.
Pegasus Waste Management is based in Yate within the City of Bristol and specialises in the management and removal of hazardous and chemical waste.

National waste collection providers operating in Bristol

In addition to Bristol’s local waste collection providers, companies in the city can also consider the following national commercial waste collection providers operating across the South West.

Biffa’s commercial waste collections in Bristol

Biffa, a leading waste management service provider in South West England, offers a comprehensive range of services. These include general waste collection, commercial recycling, hazardous waste treatment, food waste recycling, and asbestos disposal, all tailored to meet the diverse needs of local businesses and organisations.

Biffa employs over 300 staff in the South West, handling more than 5 million tonnes of waste each year. The company operates two sites in the city of Bristol, one in Avonmouth and another in Filton.

Website: Biffa in the South West.

Veolia’s commercial waste collections in Bristol

Veolia, the UK’s largest commercial waste company, provides regular commercial waste collections across the city of Bristol, currently serving over 2,500 business customers.

Veolia operates from a commercial waste depot on the banks of the River Severn in Chittening, on the outskirts of the City of Bristol.

As part of Veolia’s national strategy to decrease pollution and combat climate change, the company operates a large composting facility in nearby Stockbridge. This facility processes over 100,000 tonnes of commercial garden waste annually. The resultant compost, trademarked as Pro-Grow, is sold across the UK.

Website: Veolia – Low-cost bin collections in Bristol

Suez’s commercial waste collections in Bristol

Suez, a notable national waste provider, has partnered with Bristol Waste to operate an energy recovery facility. This facility transforms domestic black bag waste produced in Bristol into fuel to generate energy. This process exemplifies Suez’s commitment to innovative waste-to-energy technologies, showcasing a sustainable approach to waste management.

In addition, Bristol is the headquarters for Suez’s Smart and Environmental Solutions business, situated in Aztec West, Almondsbury. This division is at the forefront of integrating advanced technology in waste management, employing state-of-the-art systems to optimise waste processing and enhance environmental sustainability.

Website – Suez Bristol

Banksy and commercial waste

In the vibrant streets of Bristol, a revolution in street art emerged, spearheaded by an enigmatic figure known as Banksy. This anonymous artist, whose identity remains in mystery, has become synonymous with contemporary street art. Bristol proudly stands as the canvas for some of his earliest and most iconic works.

You may wonder what connection Banksy has with commercial waste in Bristol.

Banksy’s 2021 gull mural on the side of a house in Lowestoft features a large commercial skip. This art piece was part of Banksy’s ‘Great British Spraycation’ collection.

Banky's skip

Credit: Metro Newspaper – Original Banksy picture.

In January 2023, a local council controversially removed the skip, transforming the artwork into merely a large depiction of a bird. The council’s decision followed repeated incidents of illegal rubbish dumping in the skip.

Due to Banksy’s anonymity, we can only speculate about his reasons for incorporating a commercial waste bin into his work. Given that Banksy frequently addresses environmental issues in his art, we can be assured that he is a fan of responsible commercial waste management in his home city of Bristol.