Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste

The Environment Agency defines hazardous waste as that which contains substances or has properties that might be harmful to human health or to the environment. This may be immediate or over an extended period.

In April 2011 The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 were implemented, bringing major changes to the way hazardous waste is managed.

Only those with an appropriate permit may mix hazardous waste and they must comply with Best Available Technique (BAT). A new "sensitising" hazardous property was introduced and changes were made to the requirements for record keeping. Consignment notes were amended and procedures for multiple consignments were simplified.

In addition to these regulations the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations also may apply when handling or disposing of materials that are listed in the European Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations.

These substances are categorised according to how dangerous they are. They can be either, very toxic, toxic, harmful, corrosive or irritant.

CLP is based on the United Nations' Globally Harmonised System (GHS) and over the next few years will be introducing new symbols for labelling hazardous waste. Details of these new symbols and what might constitute a hazardous waste can be found at the HSE’s site

For the last few years the Law has also considered electrical and electronic waste to be hazardous and this is controlled under The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006, details of which you can find here

With more stringent rules and regulations on waste disposal it is vital to ensure that your hazardous waste is handled correctly.

Suppliers of chemicals may provide a safety data sheet. Whilst this does not necessarily mean that your chemical waste is classified as hazardous, the supply of one of these safety data sheets would make it highly likely that your chemical waste disposal would need to be handled by a licensed waste management company.

We have the expertise and experience to help plan all aspects of your hazardous waste management strategies, with the technical know-how to take advantage of opportunities and to meet the challenges of new legislative demands.

RJS will audit your site and provide the best options for storage and disposal.

We offer a total package for the identification, collection and treatment of all hazardous wastes and "difficult" non-hazardous waste in packages and bulk, whether in drums or tanks.

We have the flexibility, capability and commitment to provide quality, cost effective solutions which provide our clients large or small with peace of mind.

Our processes will ensure that a complete consignment note or Data Destruction Certificate paper trail is provided to give you peace of mind and comply with all current laws and regulations.

We can handle virtually every type of chemical waste including but not limited to:

  • Paints
  • Adhesives
  • Solvents
  • Detergents
  • Cleaning Products
  • Fertilisers
  • Lubricants
  • Varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Thinners
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