How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Safely and Legally

Hazardous waste can come in many forms, and if it’s not managed properly, it can be incredibly dangerous to the environment and humans.

That’s why it’s important for businesses to, firstly, understand the regulations around hazardous waste disposal and, secondly, work with a reputable waste management company to ensure that their waste is disposed of safely and legally.

What is hazardous waste?

The Environment Agency states that waste is considered hazardous if it can be dangerous to people and the environment or contains harmful materials and substances. This kind of dangerous waste can come in a variety of shapes and forms, including:

  • Liquid waste such as oils, chemical lab waste, and solvent waste
  • Solid items such as biological waste and contaminated packaging
  • Other items such as asbestos, batteries, and WEEE waste (including your fridge and tele!)

Why is it important to dispose of this waste safely?

If hazardous waste is not disposed of correctly, it can have serious consequences for the environment and human health.

It can very easily pollute our air, water, and soil, as well as cause health problems such as cancer, birth defects, and neurological disorders.

What are the haz-waste disposal regulations in the UK?

There are a number of regulations in place here in the UK to ensure that hazardous waste is disposed of safely.

The main piece of legislation is the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005. These regulations state that businesses that produce more than 500kg of hazardous waste per year must register with the Environment Agency as hazardous waste producers.

Businesses also have a duty of care to ensure that their hazardous waste is disposed of safely. This means that they must take all reasonable steps to prevent their waste from causing harm to people or the environment.

How should you dispose of hazardous waste?

The best way to dispose of hazardous waste is to work with a reputable waste management company. There are various ways to safely treat and dispose of your hazardous waste in line with the regulations in place.

Once you have identified the hazardous waste you have, you can contact a licensed waste carrier to collect and dispose of your waste safely. Once collected, there are various ways the hazardous materials can be managed, including:

  • Recycling: We will try to recover and recycle as much of your waste as possible. Depending on the type of waste, it could go through solvent extraction, washing, and recycling, or waste-to-energy recovery. Items such as batteries are separated to be recycled. Paint cans are often washed to remove any harmful materials, leaving a metal can that can then be easily recycled.
  • Neutralization: If the waste can’t be recycled, it can be transformed at the molecular level and neutralized. This is when the acids and alkalis are blended together to get a neutral PH level in the material. This means it can then be sent to cement kilns or incinerators to be burned safely.
  • Landfill: This is the least desirable option, but it is sometimes necessary for waste that cannot be recycled or neutralized. Asbestos, for example, cannot be recycled and must be transported to deep landfills.

Why choose KwikTip Waste Management for your hazardous waste disposal needs?

KwikTip Waste Management is a veteran-run business that is committed to providing excellent customer service. We are fully licensed and insured, and we have a team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are trained in the safe and legal disposal of hazardous waste.

We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our customers, including collection, transportation, and disposal.

We have the experience and expertise to dispose of all types of hazardous waste, including batteries, paint, electronics, aerosols, clinical waste, oils, and chemicals.

We understand that hazardous waste disposal can be a complex and daunting task, but we are here to help you every step of the way. We will work with you to develop a customized waste management plan that meets your specific needs and complies with all applicable regulations.

If you have hazardous waste that needs to be disposed of, don’t take any chances.

Contact KwikTip Waste Management today to learn more about our hazardous waste disposal services. We are here to help you keep your business and your community safe.