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Waste Drums and Barrels

Storing hazardous and liquid waste safely on your business premises can be challenging, but it’s vitally important you get it right. Waste drums and barrels provide a secure and convenient option to keep different types of hazardous waste, toxic, liquid, and solid waste separate and secure.

There are different guidelines for storage and disposal of waste in barrels and drums, depending on the type of waste you need to keep. Waste barrels are available in various sizes and materials to suit your commercial waste storage and removal needs. Find the right one to remain compliant with any relevant guidelines and regulations.

Whether you need a chemical waste drum or toxic waste barrel, at Business Waste we can help you arrange delivery and collection of the waste disposal drums right for your organisation. Maintain your legal and moral responsibilities with the appropriate drums and barrels for your commercial waste.

Collection Frequency:
One-off, daily, weekly, fortnightly, or ad hoc collection
30 to 220 litre waste drums
Waste Type:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Liquid Waste
  • Oil Waste

Waste drum 
sizes and types

Waste disposal drums come in various sizes, made from either steel or plastic, with a choice of lid types. It’s important that you use one that’s properly suited for the type of waste you need to store before collection and disposal, with the right capacity for the amount of waste your organisation produces.

Steel waste barrels are normally used to store liquids, oils, hazardous materials, and some solid waste. Plastic waste drums often hold solids, pastes, and sludge – though some can store liquids, so check with the supplier first. There are three main kinds of lid to suit the waste they contain too:

  • Bung tops – liquid waste
  • Clip tops – solid, sludge, and liquid waste
  • Vented drums – aerosols

Sizes of waste barrels and drums vary greatly to suit businesses of all shapes, sizes, and industries. Choosing the best size for your organisation also affects how often you’ll need deliveries and collection of your barrels. Some popular sizes available in steel or plastic include:

  • 30-litre waste drum – ideal for small businesses or minimal amounts of liquid and hazardous waste
  • 60-litre waste drum – best for less frequent collections of specific waste types
  • 120-litre waste drum – good for businesses regularly producing chemical, oil, and liquid waste
  • 220-litre waste drum – some of the largest waste barrels for storing oil, hazardous materials, and liquids

If your company produces a high volume of liquid, oil, or hazardous waste, then you could consider using an IBC container.

Why do I need 
a waste drum?

As a business, it’s your responsibility to ensure all waste you produce is stored, collected, and disposed of safely and in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. You need to protect both human health and the environment in your waste storage and removal. Using waste drums and barrels can be a safe and effective option depending on the waste type.

Waste barrels and drums help you easily separate different waste streams into appropriate storage. Choose a barrel with the right kind of lid to secure its contents and prevent any leaks or contamination. Rest assured that using these waste drums and barrels ensures compliance with environmental protection regulations too.

Especially if you generate hazardous waste, your storage and disposal must comply with the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005. We can help you find the correct type of waste drum or barrel for your commercial waste to avoid inappropriate storage, disposal and the fines and reputational damage that can carry.

Waste barrels and drums can separate different waste streams
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What can you put in 
waste barrels and drums?

A variety of liquid, solid and viscous (or sludge) waste can be stored in waste barrels and drums. This varies from hazardous waste such as old batteries, to toxic waste. Some of the common waste types stored in drums and barrels include:

Arrange delivery and 
collection of waste drums

Safely store all sorts of waste with delivery of free waste drums and barrels to your business – you just pay for collection. We can arrange delivery of drums and barrels to organisations anywhere in the UK to store a variety of waste types.

Get one or more of the same or different waste drums delivered as a one-off or on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly schedule. Whatever your waste storage and removal needs, we’ll help devise a tailored solution for your organisation. After they arrive simply fill with your waste, store in a safe place, and our licensed waste carriers will come and collect them.

When a 200-litre drum is full, it can weigh around 300kg, so ensure the pickup point is accessible. If you have any questions or want to learn more about our waste drum delivery and collection services, speak to one of our friendly team.

Get a free quote today by completing the below form, contacting us online or calling 0800 211 8390. How much it costs will depend on the size and number of waste barrels and drums you need, how often you want them collecting and the location of your business.

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