If you are a producer of hazardous waste then the chances are you are already well versed in how to dispose of it in a safe and timely manner – but for those who are new to hazardous waste management or for those who feel they may need a refresh on legislation and the practicalities of hazardous waste then this article should prove handy.
At Micro Environmental Ltd, we deal with hazardous waste on a daily basis, so it is fair to say that we know a thing or two about it. That being said, you should always refer to the latest government legislation when considering your obligations as to the storage and disposal of waste.
It is perhaps important to start by having a sound understanding of what classifies as hazardous waste – something that is imperative if you think you are creating or storing hazardous waste.
Before you even begin to classify your waste using the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) you should be able to make a distinction as to what kind of waste you have – essentially, if it can be deemed to have materials or substances that are harmful to the environment or human health then it is highly likely it will be classified as hazardous waste.
If you are a producer or holder of hazardous waste, then you have a series of legal obligations that you must adhere to and the notion of safe disposal doesn’t just apply to how you remove it from your site but includes how you store it.
We will cover the ideal flow of events when it comes to the creation, storage and ultimately the disposal of this kind of waste.
Any waste that your business creates will need to be classified using the EWC. By finding the relevant code for your waste you will be able to determine whether or not it is hazardous.
Any waste created by your business will need to be disposed of – you should be aware that you cannot dispose of your own waste unless you register as a waste carrier. More often than not, businesses will utilise specialist companies such as Micro Environmental to help with waste management.
Any hazardous and non-hazardous waste that has been created by a business will need to be stored appropriately and safely until disposal takes place. You must not store different kinds of hazardous waste together and hazardous waste should never be stored with non-hazardous waste.
The optimum way to ensure hazardous waste is removed as safely as possible and in keeping with government legislation is to use an accredited waste management company such as Micro Environmental.
Working predominantly in the Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham areas but covering the West Midlands – Micro Environmental provide a WAMITAB certified service that is fully insured and offers excellent rates for the disposal of hazardous waste and asbestos. At Micro Environmental, we also offer compliance audits and health and safety guidance so you can be rest assured you are adhering to the required standards.
As part of the disposal process you will be required to fill out hazardous waste consignment notes as well as keeping a record (register) of your waste for at least 3 years.
If you are in a position where your business is creating hazardous waste and you are looking for a solution, or if you simply need some advice on how best to tackle your waste management then please get in touch with us at Micro Environmental for an informal and friendly discussion.