Cornwall Council considering imposing commercial waste regulations on holiday businesses
Cornwall Council has announced that its to go-ahead with a study to assess whether the waste produced by holiday businesses (i.e holiday homes) in Port Isaac should be considered household waste or commercial waste.
According to the council, the study is necessary in order “to determine how easy it is to distinguish between commercial waste and household waste”. If the waste project proves to be successful in Port Isaac, Cornwall Council will likely impose commercial waste regulations on holiday businesses throughout the county.
As part of the study, the council will assess the waste production of the following types of businesses in Port Isaac:
- B&B accommodation
- Self-catering accommodation
- Caravan parks
- Restaurants, cafés and other catering businesses
- Pubs, clubs and bars
- Outdoor activities and sports businesses
- Leisure centres and other leisure facilities
- Tourist attractions
Those involved in the Cornwall tourism industry are concerned regarding the financial impact the study might have on tourism businesses if the council decides that the waste they produce is commercial waste. If the study confirms this assessment, holiday businesses would be required to pay for a commercial waste collection service.
Malcolm Bell, of Visit Cornwall, told The Cornish Guardian: “Commercial waste disposal is expensive and has to be done properly to comply with all the relevant environmental rules… Cornwall has many small holiday businesses who will really struggle with this.”
Under Government regulations, Cornwall Council has had the ability to treat the waste produced in self-catering accommodation and by campsites as commercial waste since 2012, however, until now the council has never imposed these regulations on businesses.
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