Hazardous Waste

Dealing with hazardous waste

 

Dealing with hazardous waste can be tricky and in the UK, the USA and Australia, where I currently live; there are very strict guidelines when it comes to disposing of hazardous and contaminated waste.

Hazardous waste cannot just be thrown in the Wheelie Bin or Otto Bin for the truck to come and collect it on garbage night. In actual fact, disposing hazardous waste in an incorrect manner is illegal and if you are found out, there will likely be some kind of fine. What is even worse is that someone is harmed due to not thinking when disposing something hazardous or contaminated; well the possibilities are endless. The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 is legislation that was passed in order to ensure that people dispose of hazardous waste in an authorised way, depending on the type of waste it is.

Do you know what to do with old medicine that has passed it’s shelf life? There are many people who would flush them down the toilet, but this would not be good for the environment. Throwing them into the household garbage or recycle bin is not the answer. Someone could go through your bin and ingest the tablets and might get very sick, or even die. The safest way to dispose of unused or unwanted medication is to take the medicine to your pharmacy.

This list below will show you some of the common types of hazardous and contaminated waste. This list gives a few examples of hazardous waste. When some of these items are not disposed of safely, it can be dangerous and in some cases it could be fatal.

Acids
Alkaline Solutions
Asbestos
Batteries (Lithium and Nicad Chemistries)
Cathode Ray and Tubes (TVs and Computer Monitors)
Flourescent Tubes
Fridges
Oil Fly Ash
Industrial Solvents
Pesticides
Pharmaceutical Compounds
Photographic Chemicals
Waste Oils
Wood Preservatives

Our waste disposal services are committed to disposing of hazardous waste in a way that is safe and kind to the environment. We are dedicated experts in this field and our customers will benefit from our services, as our goal is to help our customers find the best solutions to disposing of waste and hazardous waste. We are also committed to protecting the environment as much as possible.
If a customer requires us to remove hazardous waste, such as pesticides, we are required to register our clients property with the Environment Agency. We are registered carriers of hazardous waste and will ensure that the disposal of any pesticides our clients want removed from the property. Taking care of our clients needs and removing the offending hazardous items is carried out in a timely manner.
To use an example: we all know how dangerous Asbestos is and it can affect a person’s health to the point where they could become terminally ill from an awful type of cancer. If a client requests that we remove Asbestos from their home, then rest assured that we are experts in removing Asbestos and disposing it safely. All of the necessary paperwork is taken care of by us, we will take care of eradicating our client home of the hazardous item or items and ensure that your property is registered correctly for authorised disposal.

Hopefully this article has given you a little more information about hazardous waste, but if you have any questions at all, please do not hesititate to get in touch with us.