Commercial Waste Services

Council offer a commercial waste collection service to businesses across the borough.

Read our guidance on this service during Covid-19 pandemic

This includes: 

  • residual & food waste collection service across all 3 areas
  • recycling service (Larne only)   
  • an annual pricing policy
  • free duty of care
  • excellent customer support
  • a rolling contract

Contact our team:

Commercial Collection Charges 2020-21 

Alternative Arrangements ¦ Trade Waste Audits ¦ Commercial Waste Containers ¦ HRC Cardboard Pass - Trade Waste
Seasonal / Top Up Collection Service ¦ Contract Terms and Conditions ¦ Duty of Care - Legislation
 Food waste - Legislation ¦ Reducing food waste ¦ Contact us

Alternative Dates for Trade Waste Collections listed below:


Normal Day Revised Day
24 December 2020 Normal collection
25 December 2020 26 December 2020
1 January 2021 2 January 2021


Normal Day Revised Day
24 December 2020 Normal collection
25 December 2020 19 December 2020
1 January 2021 2 January 2021


Normal Day Revised Day
24 December 2020 Normal collection
25 December 2020 21 December 2020
1 January 2021 4 January 2021

#Any collection queries please contact or T: 0300 124 5000 (0)

Trade Waste Audits

Our designated trade waste team are available to discuss existing and new arrangements for commercial waste.

We aim to help you increase your businesses recycling and reduce cost. Contact us at E:

We are available to arrange suitable collections through Mid and East Antrim or alternatively support you to find alternative providers (whichever best suits your business needs).

Commercial Waste Containers

Commercial Collection Charges 2020-21 (PDF 407KB)

Collection Service Container Type Larne Ballymena Carrickfergus

General (Residual Waste)

Black/Grey bin



1100lt YES YES YES
Seasonal/Top Up Tags YES YES YES
Bags (Up to 10) / Manual YES YES YES

Blue (Dry Recycling Waste)

blue bin

240lt* YES n/a n/a

Food (Organic Waste)

brown bin

240lt* YES YES YES

*240lt bin refers to standard domestic size bin

Seasonal / Top Up Collection Service

Contract Terms and Conditions

Commercial Collection Terms and Conditions Contract (PDF 224KB)

Duty of Care - Legislation

All businesses have a duty of care to ensure any waste they produce is handled safely and within the law. A Waste transfer note is required to allow us to know what waste we are handling on your behalf. This is a legal requirement issued under Article 5 of the Waste And Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency*. You can read a simple guide to your responsibilities on the Right Waste, Right Place website.

Council offers a free annual waste transfer note for our customers available in the following ways:


E: to request an electronic copy


T: 0300 124 5000 (Option 0) have a copy posted out

*Please note a duty of care is only valid when the document provided has been signed and copy returned to our trade team.

Residual Duty of Care      Dry Recycling Duty of Care  

  Organic Duty of Care       SIC code guidance

Food waste - Legislation

As of 1 April 2017 The Northern Ireland Environment Agency introduced new legislation that means that all businesses that generate more than 5kg of food waste must have a food waste collection.

Businesses can arrange the collection through their own waste collection contract. Our commercial waste service can also provide a food waste collection, please phone us on T: 0300 124 5000 (0) for more information.

As part of this new legislation, we will not collect general commercial waste bins which contain 5kg or more of food waste.

For more information please contact Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Download: Northern Ireland Environment Agency Guidance on food waste collections (PDF 449KB)

Reducing food waste

In 2013 WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) published research showing that food waste cost the UK Hospitality and Food Service (HaFS) sector around £2.5billion each year.

Over half of this food waste is currently not being recycled, even though it could be. Recycling food waste can save businesses a lot of money, and most businesses recover the costs of implementing a food waste programme within the first two years.

WRAP produced a set of campaign resources, “Your Business is Food; don’t throw it away”  (PDF - 593KB) for the HaFS sector providing practical tools for measuring and reducing food waste. These resources include tips for reducing food waste and engaging staff.

Please contact T: 0300 124 5000 (0) or E: of you would like more information about participating in this project through our Environmental Services Section.

HRC Cardboard Pass – Trade Waste

Trade waste customers of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are entitled to access our Household Recycling Centres free of charge to recycle cardboard. Passes are available from the Trade waste team by contacting:

T: 0300 124 5000 (0)

Or can be downloaded:

Download Cardboard Pass

Customers can access the pass using the encrypted password provided by our trade waste team.

Check your nearest HRC and opening times.

Please note from October 2020 – any trade waste customer carrying cardboard (from their own premise) to our HRCs will be required to present a lower tier waste carriers licence with their customer pass.

This licence is a legal requirement, free of charge and does not require renewal. Further details are available on our Waste Carriers Licence - Lower Tier Fact Sheet, from the DAERA website or from our Household Recycling Centre Supervisor via T: 0300 124 5000 (0) or E:

Contact Us

For all your contract and collection enquiries

T: 0300 124 5000 (0) or E:

For invoice enquiries T: 028 9335 8275

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