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What Is Hazardous Waste And The Correct Disposal Process

Does Your Business Create Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is classified as any waste which is harmful to human health or the environment. This type of waste must be disposed of and recycled where possible to ensure limited damage is done to the environment and your safety is not at risk. The following waste types are classified as hazardous by the government:

  • asbestos.
  • chemicals, such as brake fluid or print toner.
  • batteries.
  • solvents.
  • pesticides.
  • oils (except edible ones), such as car oil.
  • equipment containing ozone depleting substances, like fridges.
  • hazardous waste containers
  • WEEE (electrical equipment).

These types of waste materials hold a potential threat to the planet. You must store these waste types securely and labelled to ensure separation and avoid the threat of mixing. All of these wastes include the possible risk of the following if not recycled or disposed of appropriately:

  • Pollution of land, air, and water supplies
  • Corrosion
  • Explosive & reactive events
  • Toxic fumes.

You should also only keep the exact amount needed on the premises i.e as small amount as possible to ensure regulations are met and no mistakes are made. This not only means nothing is missed, but you are also limiting usage of these harmful wastes and avoiding the need for more to be produced. This saves pollution in production and reduces raw materials being overused.

Appropriate Disposal Of Hazardous Waste

Specialist hazardous waste management for businesses is vital to avoid errors being made and the safety of your team is not put at risk. Waste collections should be made by licensed waste carriers that can transport your waste to professional facilities that will then identify items to dispose of correctly, and can recycle materials where possible. 

If you do not follow the correct regulations and requirements, you could risk high fines and further action taken against your business that will cause complications.

Collect & Recycle’s Hazardous Waste Disposal Service

At Collect & Recycle, we offer a hazardous waste disposal & collection service to businesses across the UK. Our team has the experience and vast knowledge in handling this type of waste so you can have peace of mind that you are following the correct regulations and are disposing of this waste effectively. 

Not only is this critical for the environment, but can also lead to contamination and chemical byproducts which may cause a huge health hazard on site. This could also have a major impact on your businesses reputation and cause many issues going forward. Get in touch with us at recycle@collectandrecycle.com to book your collection, or simply have any questions answered in regards to your hazardous waste materials.

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