Businesses are to be offered help to recycle more, as the council seeks to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has committed to 12 pledges aimed at making recycling easier, and helping companies with their legal responsibilities to manage waste.
Many of the pledges are free to all businesses and include help with donating unwanted items for re-use, assistance in locating quality, second-hand items, such as office equipment and cartridges, and a practical approach to enforcement.
This latter means that legal action will be taken only when other forms of action have failed and problems are being caused to neighbours and the environment.
The council is also committed to tailoring collections to the needs of individual businesses and providing easy ways for people to provide feedback on its services.
A spokesman said: “Local businesses are a vital part of our community and this commitment is the council’s way of showing we value them and want to provide assistance.
“We are also encouraging companies to come to us with their own ideas so we can play a more active role in managing their waste.”