Bin Cleaning Rules and Regulations

Illegal Bin Cleaning- Rules and Regulations in the bin cleaning industry

This Blog will hopefully help you to protect the environment and stay legal.

Believe it or not this photo was taken right outside our Harrow Office, down an alley way behind some shops this restaraunt has cleaned their own commercial bins (Mop bucket and bleech job) and then tipped all waste water and contaminants down a drain which you cant see as its blocked and under the foul water.

The drain the guys were trying to use is  a surface water drain which is only designed to take rain water, no waste water should be poured down these drains as they could easily end up in streams and rivers and cause harm to our environment.

Whats equally as bad in this picture, the drain is blocked and the smelly foul water is now lying on the ground where people walk past causing a health hazard and undoubtedly attracting pests to the area.

So what should this restaraunt have done?

The restaurant should have called a professional bin cleaning company like London Bin Cleaning who would have professinal equipment to catch the waste water. This is usually done by bin lifting equipment which lifts the bin into cleaning position where all waste water and contaminants are caught on board during the cleaning operation  and later disposed of in a foul sewer (not rain water drain) where consesnt has been obtained from the local water authority for a Trade Effluent.

You can see the correct procedure here

What is a Trade Effluent?

The definition given by southern water is;

Trade effluent is any liquid waste (effluent) discharged into our sewers from a business or industrial process.


Rules and Regulations in The Bin Cleaning Industry

All waste water from washing activities is to be disposed of in a foul sewer where consent has been granted from local water or sewerage provider.

This wash water should first be caught on board and recycled so not to waste water and then disposed of at the permitted location later in the day.

Liquid Waste for Bin Cleaning Activities

If you allow waste container washings to enter rain water drains or discharge onto unmade ground you could be causing water pollution, damaging wildlife and contaminating drinking water sources. Causing pollution or making a discharge without a permit is against the law with a maximum fine of £50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for cases taken at a magistrates court.

Solid waste from bin cleaning activities


Most bins are going to have some rubbish stuck to the bottom of them that needs scraping before cleaning

What happens to this rubbish?

Good practice is to bag this rubbish and replace into waste container after cleaning.

If your bin cleaning company is removing this waste from site they need a waste carriors licesnse 

Heres the information on the governments website

If you remove residual (left over) solid waste from bins or collect solid wastes screened from bin washings and transport them for onward waste disposal, you will need to register with us as a Waste Carrier to comply with legislation (The Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989).


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Case study: Balcony clean in central London

Our team completed a 6th floor balcony clean this morning
access issues included
Building site to rear with no parking and no water source on site
Our mobile pressure cleaning units with own water on board were used combined with over 70 metres of high pressure hose to provide the solution by going over the entire building

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Winning a cash prize as well as business support and Mentoring


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