Managing Hazardous Waste
There are different types of hazardous waste, and appropriate methods of disposal should be used to ensure compliance. This protects both the environment and the safety of other people. In relation to hazardous waste, the rules are both specific and strict.
What is Hazardous Waste?
Since 2005, there have been changes have been made to the way in which the waste can be disposed of. Hazardous waste streams by their very nature are considered to be dangerous, especially in large quantities. Some of materials that are considered to be hazardous are as follows:
- Hazardous waste containers
- Contaminated packaging residue
- Detergents containing hazardous substances
- Oil filters and oils (excluding edible ones)
- Fluorescent tubes
- Batteries and discarded electrical equipment
- Equipment containing ozone depleting substances (like fridges)
The government website has a link that will allow you to check if your waste can be classified as hazardous. You can take a look here
Your have responsibilities known as your ‘duty of care’. You must also meet extra requirements depending on whether you’re a waste:
- producer or holder (you produce or store waste)
- carrier (you collect and transport waste)
- consignee (you receive waste, eg for recycling or disposal)
There is a strong commercial case to create a hierarchy for waste considering the key stages:
- Preparing for Re-use
- Other recovery
There are two different types of hazardous waste, domestic and commercial.
Domestic hazardous waste can be disposed of via normal methods in small amounts (excluding asbestos). Larger quantities will require disposal in specially managed waste facilities for the safety of other people or the environment. Asbestos requires special collection and should never be placed in either a regular bin or a waste management centre. By contacting Countrywide, we can provide advice reference asbestos disposal.
Commercial hazardous waste is considered through a different process. Waste should be classified to check if it is hazardous. It should be segregated from regular waste in a safe manner. An authorised or licensed company as appropriate to the waste stream should be appointed collect your hazardous waste.
It is important to check the repository or disposal site has all of the correct environmental permits. Print of a consignment note and fill in the relevant details. You should keep one copy and give two to the carrier who is collecting the waste. Afterwards, you need to make sure you keep your collection records for at least three years.
You are considered the waste producer, and have responsibilities known as a ‘duty of care.’ The records of your commercial hazardous waste collection are important and should always be kept safe. Copies of consignment notes should be retained, along with your consignee returns (received from businesses that takes your waste). Related documents to the production and disposal, such as the carrier schedules and records of rejected loads should be kept.
Countrywide Environmental are licensed asbestos removal contractors serving Liverpool, Merseyside and the North West, holding a higher level carriers licence for the removal of hazardous asbestos waste. Further information may be gained from our team on 0151 426 2110.