However, it is important to understand that there are various different subcategories of waste. This means that there are multiple rules and regulations regarding their disposal – you cannot simply lump all of your waste together and hope for the best. This guide will take you through the different kinds of waste, providing tips on how to dispose of each product safely. It will also provide you with guidance on how to reduce the waste you produce. To learn about starting a workplace recycling scheme click here.
What are the most common types of waste?
Scrap Metal Waste
Bulky Waste Items
01 | Hazardous Waste.
What is hazardous waste?
What are some examples of hazardous waste?
How do you manage hazardous waste?
Orange chemical waste bags. Suitable for bandages, dressing, and PPE products such as masks, gloves, and aprons.
Sharps Bins (Yellow lid). Suitable for sharps containing contaminated medical products, such as needles and syringes.
Sharps Bins (Orange lid). Suitable for sharps used for blood tests and acupuncture.
Sharps Bins (Purple lid). Suitable for medicinal products.
Bulk containers. Suitable for storing hazardous liquid and chemical waste.
Once full, all bags should be tied securely to prevent any products from spilling out. They should then be left in an appropriate bin or container, depending upon the volume of waste you produce.
What are the hazardous waste legislations and laws?
The Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005). This legislation was an expansion of the Hazardous Waste Directive (1991) and focused on tracking hazardous waste in England and Wales (i.e. how the waste is collected from premises).
How can I reduce the amount of hazardous waste I produce?
There are various different ways that you can reduce the amount of hazardous waste you produce. For example, you should carefully research the materials you use to see if you can find a non-hazardous (or less hazardous) alternative. You should also focus on developing your business plan, to ensure that you purchase the right amount of products, thus effectively reducing the amount of waste you produce as a whole.
How much does it cost to dispose of hazardous waste?
For an immediate quote call 0800 211 83 90
02| Landfill waste
What is landfill waste?
Landfill waste refers to any waste that is taken to a landfill site after disposal. Each year, around 14 million tonnes of waste are sent to landfills in the UK alone. Therefore, it is unsurprising that various industries contribute to the rapidly overflowing landfill waste.
Examples of landfill waste:
How do you manage landfill waste?
What are the Landfill waste regulations and laws?
The Environment Protection Act 1990. This legislation encourages business owners and companies to be mindful about the waste they produce, whilst also ensuring that it is safely and securely disposed of.
How can I reduce the amount of landfill waste I produce?
Proper education can significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills each year. For example, you should ensure that all employees know which waste can and cannot be recycled, thus limiting the amount of waste sent to landfill sites. Wherever possible, you should also alter your purchasing habits to limit the use of single-use, non-recyclable products that can only be disposed of via landfills.
How much does it cost to dispose of Landfill waste?
The cost of your landfill waste disposal will depend upon the amount of waste you produce. However, it is also subject to landfill tax. Landfill tax is an environmental tax, designed to minimise the amount of waste mistakenly sent to landfills that could be sent elsewhere.
03| Inert Waste
What is inert waste?
Inert waste examples:
How do you manage inert waste?
What are the inert waste legislations and laws?
The Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002. Following this legislation, inert waste must be disposed of at specialist landfill sites, though precautions should be put in place to limit the amount of waste you produce.
How can I reduce the amount of inert waste I produce?
The most straightforward way to reduce the amount of inert waste produced by your company or business is by managing your stock more efficiently. For example, you should ensure you buy the correct amount of materials you need each year, to reduce the risk of certain products going to waste.
How much does it cost to dispose of inert waste?
For costs for inert waste collection please contact 0800 211 83 90
04| Scrap Metal Waste
What is scrap waste?
The automotive industry
The aviation industry
Factories & Laboratories
Scrap waste examples:
The large majority of scrap waste are metals. This includes:
How do you manage scrap waste?
What are the Scrap waste regulations and laws?
Scrap Metal Dealers Act (2013) If you are planning on selling your scrap metal, you need to ensure that you work in accordance with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act. This law dictates that it must be sold to a licensed dealer.
How can I reduce the amount of scrap waste I produce?
There are numerous ways in which you can reduce the amount of scrap metal waste you produce. This begins with more efficient management to ensure that you reduce the amount of waste you produce overall. Following this, you can focus on improving employee efficiency, minimising the amount of scrap produced.
How much does it cost to dispose of scrap waste?
For local metal waste collection and disposal prices please call 0800 211 83 90
05 | Bulky Waste Items
What is bulky waste?
The construction industry
The takeaway and foodservice industry
The hospitality industry (i.e. hotels)
Bulky waste examples:
How do you manage bulky waste?
You need to arrange ‘one of’ collections for bulky items, and may not need such a permanent storage solution.
What are the laws and legislations covering Bulky waste?
The Environment Protection Act (1990). Bulky waste must be stored safely and securely before collection. This is particularly true if you are dealing with WEEE products, which may contain harmful chemicals or materials.
How can I reduce the amount of bulky waste I produce?
How much does it cost to dispose of bulky waste?
For a immediate price for a one off collection call 0800 211 83 90
06| Builders’ Waste
What is Builders’ Waste?
How do you manage builders’ waste?
Hazardous waste bags. If you are dealing with asbestos, you may need to bring in a member of our team to handle it outright. Ideally, it should be double-bagged to prevent the substance from being disturbed before collection.
Small/Large Builders Skips. Our builders’ skips are specifically designed for use on construction sites and can help you manage large volumes of waste effectively.
Man and Van rubbish removal
What are the builders’ waste legislations and laws?
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. This legislation applies to various fields outside of construction waste but places a duty of care on companies to ensure they minimise the amount of waste they produce.
How can I reduce the amount of builders’ waste I produce?
Builders’ waste can be reduced by effective management and training. For example, employees should be taught how to make the most of the resources available to them, thus reducing the amount of waste they produce daily. Wherever possible, you should also ensure you have a variety of recycling facilities on site, that allow you to better manage the waste you produce.
How much does it cost to dispose of builders’ waste?
07| Green Waste
What is green waste?
The Agricultural industry
The Foodservice industry
The Environmental service industry
Green waste examples:
Certain Food waste
How do you manage green waste?
Prepaid waste bags.
The storage solution you use will depend largely upon the amount of green waste you are producing. We are also on hand to arrange regular collections to meet your needs.
What are the green waste legislations and laws?
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. There are no specific regulations relating to green waste, though companies must ensure that they work to meet general waste regulations, as dictated in the Waste Regulations (2011).
How can I reduce the amount of green waste I can produce?
You can reduce the amount of green waste you produce by setting up a space for composting on-site. This could prove particularly useful if you work within the agriculture industry, as it proves to be beneficial in the growing of plants and crops.
How much does it cost to dispose of green waste?
For local green waste disposal costs please call 0800 211 83 90
08 | Recyclable Waste
What is recyclable waste?
The business industry (Offices, warehouses)
The education industry (Schools, colleges, nurseries)
The retail industry
Recyclable waste examples.
How do you manage recyclable waste?
What are the recycling waste legislations and laws?
The Environmental Protection Act (1990). This legislation was established to ensure that companies, businesses and individuals take responsibility for the waste they are producing, and operate with the environment in mind.
How can I reduce the amount of recyclable waste I produce?
Thankfully, there are various steps you can take to reduce the amount of recycling waste you produce. For example, the vast majority of waste produced within office or administration settings is paper waste. You can reduce this initially, by going paperless and digitising your files. This means you will no longer need to purchase paper products. Another way to reduce recycling waste across your business is by providing your employees with easy access to recycling bins. This means that you reduce the chances of recyclable waste ending up in your general waste bins.
How much does it cost to dispose of recyclable waste?
How can business waste help?
At BusinessWaste, we provide a range of waste collection and disposal services on your behalf. This means you will not have to hire multiple waste companies to manage your company’s waste – we’ve got you covered.
Our services include:
Quick quote services.
Free bins and containers.
One simple to understand invoice.
An expert team on hand to cover any questions.
How do I arrange waste collections?
Following this, we’ll work closely with you to put together a waste collection plan that works for you and your business. We can arrange for daily, weekly or monthly collection of waste and provide you with the appropriate storage solutions, including FREE bins to install on your premises.
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