Improper handling of hazardous wastes could lead to human health and environment safety risks. While it could cause contamination of groundwater, it could also lead to diseases in humans. It is crucial for businesses dealing with hazardous waste to maintain a robust waste management contract. The guidelines related to waste management by the UK government are very strict. However, when implemented properly, they can actually ward off troubles for your establishment as well as for humans encountering it.
Not all waste is created the same. The first step to waste management is identifying the different types of waste. It will be easier to dispose waste off if it is marked properly. Identification of hazardous waste is more important in this case.
Generally, hazardous waste contains the following:
- Chemicals (this may include printer toner and brake fluid)
- Oils (including car oils)
- Equipment like fridge that contain ozone depleting substances
If your establishment produces any such waste, you will have to make separate arrangements for their disposal. In fact, if such waste is created in your establishment, your primary objective should be reduction in waste quantity.
Classifying and categorizing waste
You also need to focus on classifying and categorizing your waste properly before it is disposed off. Hazardous waste’s primary categorization is industry-based. Here is what it can be categorized as:
The kind of waste that you produce should be labeled in the storage containers. Note that the storage containers must be adequately sealed to avoid any leakage. To avoid even the slightest chances of a run off while storing or transporting, waterproof covers are placed on the contained. These covers are also marked appropriately according to the kind of waste being carried.
If you are storing hazardous waste on-site, make sure that the area is checked regularly for leakages. The material must not create any threat to the employees working in the facility or the local community. Note that while the material must be kept at a secure place where employees don’t come in contact with it, the place must also be accessible. In case of a hazard, the emergency service staff should be able to reach the storage area easily.
Working with consignment notes
When hazardous waste from your established is removed for disposal, it usually carries a consignment note. This note be filled carefully and completely to avoid any problems in the future. If the domestic waste is moving domestically and it does not contain asbestos, you may not need a consignment note. If the waste is being moved internationally, under the international waste shipment controls for import and export, you will need different documents for the waste consignment.
When do you require a consignment note?
A consignment note becomes essential under the following circumstances:
- If registered waste carrier businesses carry collection.
- When the waste is moved between different premises of the same organization.
- Movement of waste from customer premises, if another business has produced the waste
A quick guide to hazardous waste description on a consignment note
We talked to skip hire service providers Reconomy, to explain us the details of a consignment note and how to fill it. Here is all you should know.
In this section, describe the type of waste that needs to be carried away from the premises.
The quantity is generally listed in kilos. For liquids, you should be listing out the total volume of liquid being carried.
Physical form of waste
List whether your waste consists of solids or liquids.
Chemical component of waste
This is a crucial section as you need to list whether the components of your consignments are hazardous or non-hazardous.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, you could be charged 15 pounds for each collection. In England and Wales, each collection costs 10 pounds. However, if you opt for multiple collections (called milk arounds) you will pay 5 pounds per collection.