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A recent survey by the waste management industry discovered that the majority of small businesses within the UK were not aware of the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, meaning that they often were not compliant. Upon hearing this, we wanted to act in order to better educate our customers, suppliers and others in the industry to ensure safe and compliant environments.

So what do you need to know? Firstly, it’s worth being aware that hazardous waste includes more items than you are probably thinking of. We tend to associate it with industrial effluents when really, a lot of it is actually generated within the workplace. Offices, car garages, schools, dental and medical surgeries plus a whole other array of organisations are all guilty of dumping in the bin materials that have a need to be separated for safe recycling and disposal. These items are things such as batteries, paints and out-of-date electrical items that the law stipulates must be treated with care, mainly due to the risks posed to the environment and human health.

Encouraging staff to become more aware of their waste disposal habits is certainly something worth investing time into. Aggregating simple, yet clear, information such as posters and stickers can work well (images are preferable so as not to disadvantage those whose first language isn’t English.)

We now face the obvious question: what is hazardous waste?

  • Bulbs and UV lamps
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Adhesives (e.g. superglue)
  • Aerosols
  • Waste electrical and electronic items (WEEE) e.g. printed circuit boards, kettles, toasters, old mobile phones
  • Full or part-full paint tins
  • Mineral oil (packaged)
  • Rags/granules contaminated with oil or solvent
  • Oil filters
  • Empty containers contaminated with oil.

Essentially, we can see just how closely linked the cleaning and waste industries are, converging ever closer in a society that places increasing importance on legislation and customer expectation. We hope that this blog has shed some light on the situation, and if there is anything further we can help with, please get in touch:

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Link to the Hazardous Waste Amendment Regulations 2009: