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Any waste produced or handled by your business must be disposed of in the correct way to ensure it causes no damage to the environment or any living being. This responsibility is known as your duty of care, and failing to carry out your duty of care and comply with the law can lead to prosecution, so it’s imperative you know all of the relevant information regarding the handling and disposing of your hazardous waste.
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Hazardous waste refers to any product that is harmful to humans or the environment, or any product that is made up of any elements that are harmful. Examples of hazardous waste include
As a general rule, anything that is toxic, corrosive or flammable is usually considered hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste must be classified before it is disposed of - this is part of your duty of care. You are obliged to fill out the following information in your classification description:
We offer to help customers classify their waste by supplying a fully qualified chemist, to walk them through the identifying stage right through to the disposal stage.
17-06-01 - Insulation containing asbestos
17-06-03 - Insulation containing other hazardous substances
17-06-05 - Other construction materials containing asbestos
17-01-06 - Concrete, bricks, tiles or ceramics containing hazardous substances
17-08-01 - Gypsum materials containing hazardous substances
17-09-03 - Unused cement
17-02-04 - Treated wood, glass or plastic containing hazardous substances
17-04-09 - Metallics containing hazardous substances
17-04-10 - Cables containing hazardous substances
17-05-03 - Soil or stone containing hazardous substances
17-05-05 - Dredging spoil containing hazardous substances
08-01-21 - Paint or varnish remover
20-01-27 - Paint Tins
15-01-10 - Empty containers that contained hazardous materials
14-06-03 - Aerosols
16-06-01 - Lead acid
16-06-02 - Nickel-cadmium
16-06-03 - Batteries containing mercury
16-02-13 - Fluorescent tubes and low energy bulbs
20-01-27 - Mastic tubes
20-01-21 - Fluorescent tubes
20-01-35 - Laptops, computers, tablets, mobile phones, flatscreens
20-01-35 - Monitors
16-02-11 - Industrial coolants with ozone depleting substances
16-02-13 - White goods with hazardous components
20-01-23 - Fridges
13-07-01 - Fuel oil or diesel
13-07-02 - Petrol
16-01-13 - Brake fluids
16-01-14 - Antifreeze
15-02-02 - Oily contaminants
13-02-05 - Oil
20-01-36 - Mixed WEEE (Non-Hazardous)
Your hazardous waste must be stored separately from general waste and correctly disposed of. It is best to use an authorised business to collect and dispose of/recycle your waste in the correct manner. This protects your business from inadvertently breaking the laws and regulations regarding hazardous waste disposal, and thus prevents you from being penalised.
Unless you have a licence, hazardous waste must be removed from the site within 12 months.
You must keep a record of your copies of:
Keeping these records will allow your business to prove that you have been abiding by all of the relevant laws and legislations when handling your hazardous waste.
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