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.