Collect and Recycle

Hand Sanitiser Disposal For Businesses

We specialise in disposing of hazardous waste, including hand sanitiser, for businesses across the UK.

How To Dispose Of Hand Sanitiser

During and since the COVID-19 pandemic, large volumes of hand sanitiser products were produced to maintain hygiene and reduce the spread of the virus. However, with this production, we were faced with large quantities of waste that was surplus and passing expiry dates .

Typically, the industry standard for when hand sanitiser expires is 2 to 3 years. For the disposal of expired hand sanitiser, or surplus products, you should contact a professional waste management team.

This is incredibly important for a large quantity of hand sanitiser, due to its classification as hazardous waste. Hand sanitiser is high alcohol based which causes its hazardous nature, due to its flammability risk. The alcohol content poses a threat to both the environment and human health.

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HAND SANITISER DISPOSAL PROCESS

Disposing Of Hand Sanitiser Safely

As this item must be disposed of as hazardous waste, adhering to strict guidelines is critical. You should never dispose of sanitiser down the drain as the chemicals in water pipes and local sewer systems can cause fires. You should also never place this product in general waste disposal bins because of risks in landfill.

For the safe disposal of hand sanitiser, our team are here to help. We offer collections for large volumes of this waste nationwide, allowing businesses to safely dispose of hazardous waste. At Collect and Recycle, we have a team of ADR drivers ready to remove your waste safely, transporting it to liscened treatment facilities.

Hand Sanitiser Disposal Quote

Please fill out the form to receive your quote. We will get back to you as soon as possible regarding your collection.

Book A Collection For Hand Sanitiser Waste

If you are ready to book a collection, get in touch with our team by filling in the form. We can then provide you with a quote and arrange a collection day to suit your business. Your business will be provided with HWCNs (Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes), creating a clear audit trail for your waste streams.

FAQs

How Should Waste Hand Sanitiser Be Stored?

Waste hand sanitiser should be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area away from any sources of ignition or heat. Containers must be clearly labelled and tightly sealed to prevent leaks and evaporation. 

It is essential to use storage containers that are compatible with alcohol-based products and fire resistant to reactions. Additionally, storage areas should be equipped with spill containment measures and be regularly inspected to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

What Makes Hand Sanitiser Hazardous?

Hand sanitiser is considered hazardous primarily due to its high alcohol content, which makes it highly flammable. This flammability poses a significant fire risk, especially if the sanitiser is stored improperly or exposed to heat and open flames. 

Additionally, the chemical components of hand sanitiser can be harmful if ingested, inhaled, or come into prolonged contact with skin, making proper handling and disposal crucial to avoid health and environmental hazards.

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