How to negotiate a rubbish removal contract for your business

Proper rubbish removal is an essential service for any type of business. If you rely on a particular company to remove and dispose of waste from your commercial property, then you probably signed a contract with them in advance. A contract ensures that both parties will adhere to the terms of the agreement. A contract also clearly stipulates what each party is responsible for—and the consequences of failing to fulfil your obligations.

Unfortunately, some waste disposal contracts for small businesses are not negotiated appropriately. You may find that one party may have much more control over the other—essentially tipping the scale in their favour. For example, if the waste disposal company can adjust costs and trash pickup days whenever they like, you may find yourself struggling to keep the business clean.

This is why it's important to negotiate a contract that works for your company and doesn't exert undue pressure on your operations. 

1. Understand what the law requires

Even before you begin negotiating with rubbish removal companies, start by learning what the law requires in terms of waste disposal contracts. There are cases where some companies present unfair contracts for your business to sign. For example, clauses such as "prices can change without notice" or "cancellation of services will require the customer to pay all remaining service fees for the duration of the contract" have been determined as unfair and illegal.

Waste disposal companies that accept no liability for damages caused to your property may also be breaking the law. Indeed, a contract must be reasonable in representing the interests of both sides. You will find that the best rubbish removal companies provide reasonable contract terms that fall in line with the needs of your business.

2. Remember that cancellation shouldn't be complicated

At some point during the course of your contract, you may come across a more effective rubbish removal company, or your waste disposal needs might change. For example, you may need to dispose of hazardous waste if you end up providing a new product/service.

Your contract shouldn't have clauses that make it unreasonably difficult to get out of. High cancellation fees, non-negotiable terms, and very long contract lengths are examples of unreasonable terms. Make sure your contract is flexible and allows room for adjusting your services whenever necessary.

3. Explore your options in the market

Before signing on the dotted line, you should first explore what other rubbish removal companies in the market are offering. You may be able to negotiate lower rates, more frequent rubbish pickup dates, and shorter contract lengths if other competing companies are offering something similar.