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Do my business rate payments cover the cost of my recycling and waste collections?

The National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR or "business rates") does not fund the collection, treatment or disposal of recycling or waste generated by your business. Business rates are collected by Colchester Borough Council on behalf of central government, and the amount you pay is based on the rateable value of the premises occupied. As different types of business could occupy the same amount of space (rateable value) but produce very different amounts or types of waste, it would be unreasonable to include charges for its collection, treatment or disposal within the business rate calculation.