Privacy Notice

Read our privacy notice to find out what we do with your personal data


Privacy Notice

Bristol Waste Website (the website) is owned and operated by Bristol Waste Company (Bristol Waste) (company number 09472624), a company registered in England whose registered office is at Albert Road Depot, Albert Road, Bristol, BS2 0XS.

About this Privacy Notice – last updated 14/07/2021

Bristol Waste is committed to protecting and respecting your personal information and privacy.

Bristol Waste is responsible for ensuring we only collect the information necessary to provide you with a service, to only share your information when it has a legal basis to do so, and to ensure we maintain the highest standards necessary to protect your information.

Please read the following carefully to understand how we collect and use your information. If you have any questions about this notice or our use of your information you can contact Bristol Waste at

Bristol Waste employees can view the employee specific Privacy Policy in your employee handbook, you can also request a copy from your line manager or supervisor or by emailing

Changes to this notice will be posted on this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this notice.

Bristol Waste’s Collection and Use of Your Information

Information you give Bristol Waste:

You may give Bristol Waste information about you by filling in forms on the website, subscribing to our services (such as SMS text bulletins or email newsletters), attending events, or by corresponding with Bristol Waste by phone, e-mail, social media or otherwise. This includes information you provide when you register to use the website, apply for jobs, take part in litter picks, subscribe to our services, participate in discussion boards or other social media functions, make a complaint, submit an enquiry, apply for a Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC) permit, enter a competition, promotion or survey and when you report a problem with the website. The information you give Bristol Waste may include your name, date of birth, address, country of residence, photo consent, education and skills, e-mail address, vehicle registration number, photo card ID information and phone number. Copies of personal information (i.e. drivers license, V5 log book, Council tax bill, etc.), provided as part of the HRRC permit application, are securely destroyed once they have been reviewed as part of the application process.

Information Bristol Waste collects about you:

Each time you visit the website Bristol Waste may collect the following information: technical information, including the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform; and information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from the website (including date and time); page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page and any phone number used to call our customer service number. Please note: Bristol Waste records incoming calls that we receive to our Customer Services Team. These calls are recorded for training and quality purposes and are kept inline with our Data Protection Policy and Retention Schedule.

Bristol Waste may also process information about you from the use of CCTV at our sites. The CCTV is used for crime prevention purposes and for protecting the safety of visitors and staff.

Bristol Waste live streams traffic footage from our two HRRC sites onto our website. This is to enable residents to view how busy the sites are before they travel and to improve traffic management.

Bristol Waste recycling centre staff have body-worn cameras in use at the two Household Reuse and Recycling Centres. Bristol Workplace Services employees also use body-worn cameras in applicable roles. The key objectives of the cameras are to discourage physical assaults, aggressive or abusive behaviour against staff and to investigate any complaints, grievances or health and safety incidents.

Our weighbridge system at our Albert Road, Days Road and Avonmouth sites takes photographs of the vehicles, drivers and the waste streams entering our sites. There is also a camera within our Avonmouth weighbridge office. The purpose of this processing is to help with commercial party invoicing to reduce discrepancies; to assist with health and safety and other serious occurrences; to assist with contractor compliance and to assist with BWC compliance and performance monitoring.

Bristol Waste has 360 degree cameras fitted to recycling and refuse vehicles for the purposes of Health and Safety of employees and members of the public and for the investigation of accidents, incidents, compliance and near misses. Please email for a copy of our Fleet and Site CCTV Policies and Retention Schedule.

Information Bristol Waste receives from other sources:

Bristol Waste may receive information about you if you use any of the other websites Bristol Waste operates or the other services Bristol Waste provides. Bristol Waste also receives information from Bristol City Council such as resident complaints, addresses, enquiries, FOIs and service requests and needs for additional collection support. A data sharing agreement is in place with Bristol City Council. We may also get some information about you from information you make public on social media; family members; your legal representative; health and education providers; commissioned partners; regulatory bodies and police and other local authorities.

Bristol Waste provides the secure destruction of confidential material as part of its commercial service offering. Bristol Waste is certified to ISO27001 (Information Security Management) and BSEN15713 (Secure Destruction of Confidential Material).

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful bases we reply on for processing the information listed above is:

  1. Your consent. You will have given your consent for us to use any photographs or videos of you; online identifiers (cookies) and to send you information, for example, newsletters and communication updates. You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting
  2. We have a contractual obligation. We need the information because you have entered a contract with us, or have asked us to do something before entering into a contract. Examples of this include our commercial customers data; recruitment data and our waste management, street cleansing and Workplace Services provided on behalf of Bristol City Council.
  3. We have a legal obligation. We need the information to comply with the law.
  4. Legitimate Interests. The processing is necessary for our legitimate interests, for example, CCTV at our sites and our vehicles; contact details from litter picking activities; email records and call recording.


The website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of the website. This helps Bristol Waste to provide you with a smooth user experience when you use the website and also allows Bristol Waste to improve the website. For detailed information on the cookies Bristol Waste uses and what Bristol Waste uses them for see our cookie policy

How we use your information

Bristol Waste uses information held about you in the following ways:

Information you give to Bristol Waste

Bristol Waste will use this information: to deliver services and support to you; to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and Bristol Waste/Bristol City Council and to provide you with the information and services that you request from Bristol Waste/Bristol City Council; to check the quality of services; for recruitment purposes; to investigate any complaints; for research & analysis purposes; to notify you about changes to Bristol Waste or our services; to ensure that content from the website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer; to provide you with information about other services we offer that are similar to those that you have already enquired about; to provide you, or permit selected third parties to provide you, with information about products or services Bristol Waste feel may interest you. If you are an existing customer, Bristol Waste will only contact you by electronic means (e-mail or SMS) with information about goods and services similar to those which were the subject of a previous sale or negotiations of a sale to you. If you are a new customer, and where Bristol Waste permit selected third parties to use your information, Bristol Waste (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.

Information Bristol Waste collects about you

Bristol Waste will use this information: to administer the website and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes; to improve the website to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer; to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so; as part of Bristol Waste’s efforts to keep the website and our sites safe and secure; to prevent and detect crime and fraud; to measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising Bristol Waste serves to you and others, and to deliver relevant advertising to you; and to make suggestions and recommendations to you and other users of the website about products or services that may interest you or them.

Information Bristol Waste receives from other sources

Bristol Waste may combine this information with information you give to us and information Bristol Waste collects about you. Bristol Waste may use this information and the combined information for the purposes set out above (depending on the types of information we receive).

Disclosure of your information

Sometimes we have a legal duty to provide personal information to other organisations.  This includes where we have a statutory enforcement duty, disclosures we are required to make by law, to detect or prevent fraud. We only share information if necessary and where we have a legal basis for doing so.

Bristol Waste may share your personal information with any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006. This will be done under the compliance of GDPR.

Bristol Waste may share your information with selected third parties where it is appropriate and legal for us to do so, including business partners, insurance providers, the police, regulators, Bristol City Council, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract Bristol Waste enter into with them or you; and/or analytics and search engine providers that assist Bristol Waste in the improvement and optimisation of the website; and/or research organisations/students with regard to any survey responses (this will not include your personal information).

Bristol Waste may disclose your personal information to third parties: if we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case Bristol Waste may disclose your information to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; and/or if Bristol Waste are under a duty to disclose or share your information in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Bristol Waste, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction or insurance claims.

Bristol Waste will not pass on your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes without your consent.

Any payment transactions will be encrypted. Where Bristol Waste have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of the website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. You should not share this with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although Bristol Waste will do its best to protect your information, Bristol Waste cannot guarantee the security of your information transmitted to the website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once Bristol Waste has received your information, Bristol Waste will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

The website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of Bristol Waste’s partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that Bristol Waste does not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any information to these websites.

Where we store your information

Most personal information we collect and use is stored on systems in the UK. Any hard copies of personal information are kept securely.

and in accordance with our retention schedule.

On occasion, your information may leave the UK:

  • either to get to another organisation or
  • if it is stored in a system outside the EU

When this happens, we make sure the country it is sent to has the required level of data protection.

How long we will keep your information for

We will keep your information only as long as we need to. Sometimes the law tells us how long we much keep personal data for.

We have a retention schedule which lists all the categories of personal data we keep and when it must be deleted by. Please email for a copy of Bristol Waste’s Retention Schedule.

Your Rights

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

Your right of access

You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.

Your right to rectification

You have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.

Your right to erasure

You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to restriction of processing

You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to object to processing

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to data portability

You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.

Please contact us at or write to Albert Road Depot, Albert Road, Bristol, BS2 0XS. if you wish to make a request.

Access to Personal Information

Bristol Waste tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘Subject Access Request’. If we do hold information about you we will: provide confirmation that your personal data is being processed by Bristol Waste give a description and copy of the personal data outline the reasons why the data is being processed provide details of who we have, or might, give it to let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

If you wish to see the information held by Bristol Waste about you, please contact

Complaints or queries

Bristol waste tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate.

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address is:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113

ICO website:

Contact for Bristol Waste

Questions, comments and requests regarding this policy are welcomed and should be addressed to