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Commercial Waste Collections Lancashire

Lancashire is home to 55,000 businesses and is a hub for advanced engineering, aerospace, and energy firms.

All businesses in Lancashire must pay to dispose of the waste and recycling they generate. Our waste experts have prepared this guide to business waste in Lancashire to help connect businesses with the best waste services. We cover:

Commercial waste collection providers in Lancashire

Businesses in Lancashire benefit from a variety of choices for their commercial waste and recycling collections.

Our experts have collated a list of the top five commercial waste collection providers in Lancashire:

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


Gaskells is a carbon-neutral certified commercial waste firm. Their fleet of waste vehicles serves customers throughout Lancashire, transporting waste to their modern recycling facility in Liverpool.

Serves: Preston and South Lancashire

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">B&M</a></h3>


B&M is a sustainable waste collection provider that offers services across various sectors. Notably, B&M collects waste for Preston College and Leyland Golf Club.

Serves: All Lancashire boroughs

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


Biffa, the UK’s largest waste collection firm, offers a comprehensive suite of trade waste collections across Lancashire. In 2022, Biffa collected 7.9 million tonnes of waste in the North West.

Serves: All Lancashire boroughs

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


Veolia is a global firm focused on resource regeneration and offers a range of commercial waste collections nationwide. Veolia has an extensive presence in Lancashire, with a hazardous waste facility in Preston and a recycling centre in Blackpool.

Serves: All Lancashire boroughs

Commercial waste collection with Lancashire’s Councils

The county of Lancashire comprises 14 separate local authorities, each providing bin collection services to their residents.

Some of these councils also offer a paid-for commercial waste service. Our business waste experts have summarised the services currently available:

Lancashire local councilCommercial waste collections?Services offered
BlackburnYes - More info hereComprehensive waste and recycling services.
BlackpoolYes - More info hereGeneral business waste only.
BurnleyYes - More info hereGeneral business waste and mixed recycling.
FlydeYes - More info hereGeneral business waste only.
HyndburnYes - More info hereComprehensive waste and recycling services.
LancasterYes - More info hereGeneral business waste and mixed recycling.
PendleYes - More info hereGeneral business waste and mixed recycling.
PrestonYes - More info hereComprehensive waste and recycling services.
Ribble ValleyYes - More info hereGeneral business waste only.
RossendaleYes - More info hereGeneral business waste and mixed recycling.
South RibbleYes - More info hereGeneral business waste and paper & card collections
West LancashireYes - More info hereComprehensive waste and recycling services.

💡Commercial waste collections offered by local councils are often limited and unnecessarily expensive. Compare Lancashire commercial waste quotes today.

Commercial waste recycling centres in Lancashire

Local contractors in Lancashire often need to dispose of their own commercial waste. Unfortunately, Lancashire’s public recycling centres do not accept commercial waste disposal.

Instead, we recommend the following private commercial waste recycling centres in Lancashire:

  • Martlands – New Bartons Farm off Runway Road, Kestral Place, Burscough, Ormskirk, L40 8AB
  • JA Jacksons – Bradley Sandpit, Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR4 0AP

⚠️ Businesses transporting their own waste must be registered with a waste carrier licence. Register a carrier licence here.

Business Waste in Lancashire

Most businesses in Lancashire are concentrated in three cities: Blackpool, Preston, and Blackburn. Our business waste experts will outline some of the unique waste management challenges faced by these cities:

<h3>Blackburn commercial waste</h3>

Blackburn commercial waste

Blackburn has a rich history in textile manufacturing and maintains several facilities today.

Waste from the textile industry presents specific challenges for firms to navigate. Learn more about the innovative recycling programmes employed by Blackburn’s textile industry on our textile waste page.

<h3>Blackpool commercial waste</h3>

Blackpool commercial waste

Blackpool, world-famous for the Blackpool Tower and other attractions, relies heavily on tourism and entertainment as its biggest economic activities.

The hospitality and arts & entertainment industries in Blackpool face the challenges of managing large volumes of food, packaging, and single-use plastics, particularly during the tourist influx each summer.

<h3>Preston commercial waste</h3>

Preston commercial waste

Preston is home to the University of Central Lancashire, a leader in recycling technology and waste innovation.

The University’s Centre for Waste Management, established in 2002, pioneers research into waste solutions that reduce energy, water, and waste costs.

Find out more on the UCLAN Centre for Waste Management page.

Commercial recycling Lancashire

Businesses in Lancashire have the opportunity to reduce their commercial waste collection costs by segregating their waste. They can arrange separate collections for the following common commercial recycling streams:

<h3>Food waste collections</h3>

Food waste collections

Lancashire boasts a vibrant culinary scene, with restaurants serving local favourites such as the Lancashire hotpot and cuisines from around the world.

Local businesses benefit from dedicated food waste collections, which are more cost-effective than general business waste collections and provide an environmentally friendly disposal option.

<h3>Electronic waste collections</h3>

Electronic waste collections

Lancashire is home to 628 schools and four universities. The education sector increasingly adopts digital solutions to improve educational outcomes and reduce unnecessary paper waste.

As a result, e-waste management has become a growing issue for Lancashire’s education sector. For more information, visit our dedicated commercial electronic waste page.

<h3>Glass waste collections</h3>

Glass waste collections

Unlike plastic waste, glass is highly recyclable and can produce high-quality, environmentally friendly second-generation glass products.

At Commercial Waste Quotes, we’ve helped several of Lancashire’s pubs save thousands on commercial glass waste collections. Compare prices today with our easy comparison tool.

<h3>Hazardous waste collections</h3>

Hazardous waste collections

Lancashire is renowned for its aerospace manufacturing industry and hosts the final assembly facility of the Eurofighter Typhoon in the village of Warton.

Advanced manufacturing necessitates the use of various hazardous materials. Manufacturing firms in Lancashire partner with specialist commercial hazardous waste providers to ensure safety and regulatory compliance.