How to Manage & Dispose of Hazardous Waste

All types of waste produced by businesses across sectors must be effectively managed, ideally without negatively impacting the environment, none more so than hazardous waste. Where other waste types may be recycled, reused or even disposed of in landfill, hazardous waste requires additional attention and care.

Here at SL Recycling we are authorised hazardous waste carriers, providing manufacturing, construction and utility businesses in South Wales with comprehensive hazardous waste management. Our team have put together this guide to hazardous waste management and disposal including our in-house process and important tips.

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How to Manage & Dispose of Hazardous Waste

Most importantly for businesses looking to dispose of hazardous waste or enlist a waste management provider: businesses must identify and classify hazardous waste before sending it for recycling or disposal. This way, those who handle the waste are aware and can act accordingly. Failure to correctly classify waste can lead to serious human and ecological harm.

If you are a business owner and unsure on the process of classifying waste, read the Government guidelines.

What is Classified as Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is usually defined as waste (or the materials/substances it contains) that are harmful to humans or the environment.

Common examples:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals – ranging from brake fluid to print toner
  • Batteries
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Non-edible oils
  • Equipment with substances that deplete ozone – fridges
  • Hazardous waste containers

May also exhibit:

  • Ignitability
  • Reactivity
  • Corrosivity
  • Toxicity

To find out if the waste you produce is hazardous, check the waste code associated with the waste type. The waste your business produces may have multiple classifications, and in that case you much look at the exact ingredients of the waste and how much of these are hazardous. Obvious signs are that products may be packaged with orange and black danger symbols.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Methods

The disposal of hazardous waste is more complex than regular municipal waste due to the threats the waste type poses to humans and the environment. Therefore, only authorised businesses can handle, manage and dispose of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste not disposed of properly can incur great amounts of remedial action to reduce contamination and environmental damage.

Landfill can be used for hazardous waste disposal, like other waste types, however corrosive or flammable waste can pose threats to facilities. Due to the ecological threat and regulation, hazardous waste can only be disposed of at ‘secure’ landfill sites.

Some hazardous waste can be recycled. This includes: fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, cleaning fluids, oil-based paints, propane and butane tanks, automobile fluids and more.

Alternatively, hazardous waste may be treated using chemical, thermal, biological or physical methods. Examples include incineration, chemical neutralisation or landfarming.

Tips for Hazardous Waste Management

Here are tips for businesses looking to dispose of their hazardous waste in line with legislation.

  • Separate Hazardous Waste – It is illegal to mix hazardous with non-hazardous waste.
  • Store Hazardous Waste Considerately – Hazardous waste should be stored responsibly; in a secure place, in suitable containers, protected from rain etc.
  • Use an Authorised Waste Carrier – Make sure your waste collector is registered to handle hazardous waste, like SL Recycling.
  • Make and Keep Records – Businesses must complete consignment notes and keep relevant paperwork for 3 years following a waste transfer.
  • Reduce the Amount of Hazardous Waste Produced – The most preferred method of waste disposal is to reduce the amount produced in the first place. Following the Waste Hierarchy, prevention is best.

SL Recycling Hazardous Waste Management Process

We offer comprehensive hazardous waste management, using our own fleet of vehicles and in-house experts to best dispose of our customers’ waste.

We collect hazardous waste at intervals determined by our customers to ensure maximum efficiency. Our collections are for bulk tanker, drummed and package waste.

Our tankers take all forms of hazardous waste, with capacity of 2000-5000 gallons and self-loading vacuum technology. Alternatively, our curtain-sliders collect drummed hazardous waste or packages, from 20 litre drums to 1000 litre bulk containers.

Once the waste is at SL Recycling facilities, our in-house qualified chemists sample and inventory the waste, critical for compliance. Then, the applicable recovery, recycling or treatment route is taken.

If you are a business in South Wales looking for hazardous waste management and disposal, contact SL Recycling. Our advanced facilities and experienced team are able to handle a variety of waste management and recycling requirements. As an authorised hazardous waste carrier, we can advise businesses on waste management solutions and provide flexible, cost effective collection services.

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