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How To Dispose Of Hazardous Waste

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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Identifying Hazardous Waste

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

  • Chemicals (examples: chlorine, printer ink, brake fluid, industrial cleaners)
  • Asbestos
  • Solvents (examples: paints, aerosols)
  • Pesticides
  • Batteries
  • Inedible oils (example: car oil)
  • Any electrical equipment that contains substances that deplete the ozone layer (examples: refrigerator, freezer, air conditioning unit)
  • Hazardous waste containers

As a general rule, anything that is toxic, corrosive or flammable is usually considered hazardous waste.

Classifying Your Waste: What To Include

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:

  • Waste classification code (We’ve included some of the more commonly used codes)
  • Confirmation that the waste is hazardous
  • Type of business where the waste was produced
  • Name of the hazardous waste/substance
  • The production process
  • A chemical and physical description
  • Any special circumstances

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.

List of Waste Codes
  • Construction & Demolition Waste

    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

  • Wood, Glass & Plastic

    17-02-04 - Treated wood, glass or plastic containing hazardous substances

  • Metallic Waste

    17-04-09 - Metallics containing hazardous substances

    17-04-10 - Cables containing hazardous substances

  • Contaminated Soil

    17-05-03 - Soil or stone containing hazardous substances

    17-05-05 - Dredging spoil containing hazardous substances

  • Paints

    08-01-21 - Paint or varnish remover

    20-01-27 - Paint Tins

  • Packaging

    15-01-10 - Empty containers that contained hazardous materials

    14-06-03 - Aerosols

  • Industrial Batteries

    16-06-01 - Lead acid

    16-06-02 - Nickel-cadmium

    16-06-03 - Batteries containing mercury

  • Industrial Light Bulbs

    16-02-13 - Fluorescent tubes and low energy bulbs

    20-01-27 - Mastic tubes

    20-01-21 - Fluorescent tubes

  • Electricals

    20-01-35 - Laptops, computers, tablets, mobile phones, flatscreens

    20-01-35 - Monitors

  • White Goods

    16-02-11 - Industrial coolants with ozone depleting substances

    16-02-13 - White goods with hazardous components

    20-01-23 - Fridges

  • Vehicle Fluids

    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)

Disposing & Storing Of Hazardous Waste

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.

Tips For Storing Your Hazardous Waste:
  • Store different types of hazardous waste separately
  • Use suitable containers to prevent waste escaping or being spilled
  • Label any container containing hazardous waste clearly
  • Use waterproof containers if rain could cause hazardous run-off
  • Store hazardous waste away from potential fire sources

Unless you have a licence, hazardous waste must be removed from the site within 12 months.

Recording Your Hazardous Waste

You must keep a record of your copies of:

  • Consignment notes (A form you fill in when moving hazardous waste, usually filled in by yourself and your disposal company)
  • Waste Transfer Notes
  • Any other related documents

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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