Recycling in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Local Business Waste: Cambridge City

Cambridge City Council offer commercial waste and recycling collection services and can provide bins and bags in a variety of sizes to accommodate any business need.

Collections can be arranged for general waste, cardboard, mixed glass or mixed recycling which includes paper, cans, and plastic bottles.

Charges are based on the size of bin and frequency of collections, with reduced collection rates for recyclable materials. Remember if you have recycling collections then you can usually reduce the frequency of your general waste collections, and this will save you money.

Recycling collections

Cambridge City Council is able to collect cardboard and mixed glass for recycling at very competitive rates. These collections are ideally suited for shops, pubs, restaurants and clubs, and can save you money on your waste disposal. If bin storage space is a problem we can even offer collections of loose cardboard or provide one mixed recycling bin enabling you to put paper, cans/tins, plastic bottles, cardboard and glass all in one bin. These collections are much cheaper than general waste collections which have to be landfilled.

Some benefits of recycling to your business include:

  • Saving money on waste collections
  • Ensuring compliance with the pre-treatment of waste regulations
  • Reducing your carbon footprint
  • Helping you to achieve ISO accreditation
  • Excellent for public relations

Blue commercial waste bins

The majority of commercial waste can be put into these bins with the exception of heavy or dangerous items such as rubble, or clinical waste. The council’s blue trade waste bins come in the following sizes: 140, 240, 360, 500, 660, 770 or 1100 litres, to suit your available storage space. If you would like to have a lock for your blue trade waste bin this can be arranged free of charge.

These must be stored off the highway other than during collection.

Blue trade waste bags

The blue commercial waste bag service operates as an alternative to bin collections, and may be appropriate for those businesses with either limited storage space or only small quantities of waste.

These bags can be purchased at a cost of £26 per roll of 20 bags which includes the cost of collection and disposal.

They can be purchased by contacting our customer services team.

You will need to complete the contract paperwork in order to receive collections from your business address, and you should retain this paperwork for a minimum of two years. This is your 'Controlled Waste Transfer Notice'

In the city centre bags are collected between 9am - 10am. Please ensure that bags are only placed out thirty minutes prior to the collection times and are not left out overnight.

Additional collections

If you require an additional collection of waste, this can be arranged for a small charge. Please contact our customer services team to arrange this. Excess waste will not be removed without prior arrangement.

If you require a review of your collections a visit can be arranged by our after-sales coordinator at your convenience.


We can provide large link tips which measure 18 cubic metres. These can be delivered and removed for a charge of £150.

Additional information

Please note that the Business Rate charge does not cover the removal of waste from your business premises.

We are happy to visit your business to discuss the service that best meets your needs, budget and storage facilities.

For further information please contact the Cambridge City Council Commercial Waste Team on 01223 458284, or email