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High and low volume hazardous waste removal

5 Simple Steps Disposing of Hazardous Business Waste

Posted in Services
On 28 Jun 2019
By Jessica Keynes

If your business is in the construction, manufacturing or utilities sector, you probably deal with hazardous waste disposal on a regular basis. However, if your business has recently started producing waste that is considered hazardous such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) including laptops, phones and computer towers; paints; oily rags; and chemicals you may not be aware of the necessary steps you need to take to ensure waste is disposed of responsibly.

Should your company require hazardous waste disposal, discover Biffa's wide range of services from bulk liquid disposal to low volume hazardous waste collection

Follow these five simple steps for disposing of your hazardous business waste responsibly

 

Step 1: Classify your waste to check if it's hazardous

You must detail the content of any waste your business produces before you send it for recycling and disposal. The description must include: 

  • the waste classification code 
  • whether it's hazardous
  • the type of premises or business where the waste was produced
  • the name of the substance or substances
  • the process that produced the waste
  • a chemical and physical analysis
  • any special problems, requirements or knowledge related to the waste

Step 2: Separate and store hazardous waste safely.

You must store waste safely and securely as follows:

  • store waste in a secure place
  • use suitable containers that will stop waste escaping
  • label containers clearly with the type of waste they contain
  • use covers to stop waste blowing away
  • use waterproof covers if rain could cause contaminated run-off or prevent the waste from being reused


Remember - It’s illegal to mix hazardous waste with either non-hazardous or another hazardous waste

Step 3: Use an authorised waste carrier to collect, recycle or dispose of your hazardous waste.

Ensure that your selected waste carrier is registered and their waste sites have environmental permits. Your business is still responsible for the disposal of waste even after it has left the premises.

Biffa Hazardous Waste Tanker 

Step 4: Fill in the parts of the consignment note that apply to you

You must use consignment notes to move hazardous waste and it must stay with hazardous waste until it reaches its final destination. For more information on filling out consignment notes visit gov.uk

Step 5: Keep records for 3 years at the premises that produced or stored the waste.

For further information on dealing with hazardous waste on a small scale within the workplace check out our blog post - Dealing With Hazardous Waste In The Workplace