Useful Tips on Hazardous Waste Disposal

Has your business recently started producing waste that is considered hazardous such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) which includes laptops, phones and computers, paints, oily rags and chemicals.

Here are some tips on what you need to do to ensure the waste is disposed of responsibly.

Tip 1: Check if the waste is hazardous and classify it.  

Before you send your waste for disposal or recycling you must detail the content. The description must include the following:-

  • the waste classification code
  • the premises or business where the waste was produced
  • the name of the substance or substances of the waste
  • how was that waste produced
  • analysis if chemical or physical

Tip 2: store the 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
  • use covers to stop waste blowing away
  • use waterproof covers if rain could cause contaminated run-off or prevent the waste from being reused
  • ensure the waste is not mixed with non-hazardous waste

Tip 3: Call an authorised waste carrier like Site Clear to collect, recycle or dispose of your hazardous waste.

You are responsible for the disposal of this waste even after it has left the site, therefore always ensure that you select a waste carrier who is registered.  Ensure that they have the correct environmental permits.

Tip 4: Complete a consignment note and ensure it is kept for 3 years

When moving hazardous waste a consignment note must be completed and stays with the waste until it reaches its disposal point.  You will retain a copy for your records.  Site Clear will advise you on this and what parts will need completing.  Site Clear will always be able to provide you with a full audit trail of the waste that is collected.

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