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Dry Cleaning Waste

The dry cleaning industry produces all sorts of hazardous waste daily that can be harmful to humans and the environment. Any producer or holder of dry cleaning hazardous waste has a legal duty of care to safely manage its storage and disposal. At Business Waste, we can help your organisation achieve this.

Dry cleaning waste must be handled and disposed of by an expert. Failing to manage hazardous waste may result in large fines, reputational damage, and potentially an immediate closure of your business. Therefore, it’s essential you dispose of all your dry cleaning waste correctly and safely.

Learn more about proper dry cleaning waste disposal or get a free quote for your business when you contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 today. We provide dry cleaning waste disposal from anywhere in the UK.

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Dry cleaning 
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Wherever you’re based in the UK, we can provide your business with dry cleaning waste disposal. Our experts can advise you on the best ways to implement an appropriate waste management system to save your organisation time, money, and resources. One of our licensed waste carriers will collect your waste and transport it to a nearby facility for disposal.

Methods of dry cleaning waste disposal depend on the type of waste. As an example, some common waste disposal methods for dry cleaning waste can include:

  • Hazardous waste – usually undergoes chemical, thermal, biological, or physical treatment before safe recycling or disposal.
  • Cardboard packaging – any dry and clean cardboard is flattened and recycled to create new cardboard.
  • Sludge – after treatment sludge may be used for landspreading in agriculture, sent for incineration or to landfill.
  • Textile waste – contaminated rags, fabrics, and textiles must be treated first before being separated and turned into fresh fabrics.
  • Liquid waste – wastewater and other liquids may go through dewatering, sedimentation, incineration, composting, or solidification.

We understand all dry cleaning businesses are different and have their own waste disposal needs. That’s why our experts will assess your organisation to determine the best waste management services for you – based on the types, amounts, and frequency of your waste generation. This ensures effective and cost-efficient dry cleaning waste disposal.

Speak to one of our team and they can advise on the right bins and sizes, alongside an appropriate collection schedule, to safely get rid of all your dry cleaning waste. Whether your dry cleaning business requires more hazardous waste bins, more frequent collections or simply a qualified professional to remove your waste – we can help.

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Dry cleaning
waste bins

We can provide your organisation with dry cleaning waste bins to store all types of dry cleaning waste safely and securely on your site. You’ll get free bins delivered to your premises anywhere in the UK – just pay for collection. Our collection teams are trained and qualified to handle hazardous waste.

Explore some common bins used to store dry cleaning waste.

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  • Waste drums

    A secure and simple way to store a range of hazardous, liquid, and chemical waste in different sized drums.

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  • IBC container

    Ideal for dry cleaners that produce high volumes of liquid hazardous waste including solvents.

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  • 1100L wheelie bin

    A large four-wheel bin suitable for packaging waste including cardboard and plastic materials for recycling.

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Dry cleaning 
waste collection

Arrange dry cleaning waste collection for your business anywhere in the UK thanks to our nationwide network. Whatever the size of your organisation and wherever its location, we can send out licensed waste carriers to deliver free bins and collect at an agreed date and time.

Decide what type of bins you need, which sizes, and how many for free delivery. Then agree a collection schedule on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis and pay for collection. Ensure you have an accessible pickup point our drivers can reach for quick and convenient dry cleaning waste collection.

Simply fill each bin within any weight limits to avoid overweight charges and store in a safe place on your premises. You can get one or more of the same or different bin types and sizes delivered and collected. Our flexible terms mean you can adapt too, if your dry cleaning business grows.

Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 to arrange dry cleaning waste collection. One of our friendly and expert team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and can provide a free quote to help you decide if dry cleaning waste collection is right for your business.

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How does dry cleaning 
waste collection work?

  1. Select your free bins

    It’s quick and easy to organise commercial waste collection for your business.

    Simply start by telling us the:

    • Type of waste you need removing
    • Size of bins you require
    • Number of bins you want

    We’ll provide you with a free quote.

  2. Arrange delivery

    When you’re happy with the type, number, and size of free bins, tell us when you need your bins delivering.

    Let us know about any access issues where you want the bins delivering – such as locked gates, access codes and times. We’ll get you up and running in no time.

  3. Fill up your bin

    After the free bins arrive at your chosen location, fill them up with the agreed waste type.

    Make sure you remain within any weight limits for the specific waste type and bin size.

  4. Get your business waste collected

    We’ll arrange waste collection at a time and frequency to suit you and the amount of waste you have.

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What is 
dry cleaning waste?

Dry cleaning waste includes a range of different waste types. Hazardous waste is the main kind, due to the different chemicals and solvents used in the dry cleaning process. However, any rubbish your dry cleaners produces classes as commercial waste and requires appropriate disposal. Therefore, any cardboard and plastic packaging is also a form of dry cleaning waste.

The Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management in England (2010), sets out principles to advise those who handle, manage, and operate hazardous waste. Only those who are qualified to dispose of hazardous waste should do so, such as using licensed waste carriers with Business Waste.

We can dispose of all types of dry cleaning waste, including:

  • Cooked muck
  • Cooked powder
  • Perchloroethylene (Perc)
  • Contaminated rags and textiles
  • Waste sludge
  • Filters
  • Separator water
  • Chemical cleaning products

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Dry cleaning waste

  • DRY CLEANING What substances are used in dry cleaning?

    Dry cleaning uses a variety of chemicals, solvents, and liquids in the process. The main substance used in dry cleaning is perchloroethylene (also known as PERC, tetrachloroethylene, or PCE). It’s colourless and non-flammable, but it’s also toxic and therefore classes as hazardous waste.

    Other substances sometimes used in dry cleaning may include:

    • Glycol ethers
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Liquid silicone
    • 1-Bromopropane
    • Petroleum spirits

    Learn more about PERC.

  • DRY CLEANING How bad for the environment is dry cleaning?

    Solvents used in dry cleaning are bad for the environment when not disposed of properly. Any kind of chemical and hazardous waste such as perchloroethylene can leach into the ground and water supplies if sent to landfill. This can make them toxic and be harmful for any humans or animals living nearby.

    Some dry cleaners use non-toxic products that help protect workers and the environment. However, simply disposing of any solvents and substances used appropriately can help the environment, as it ensures they’re properly treated and disposed of.

  • DRY CLEANING Do dry cleaners contaminate soil?

    Any dry cleaning solvents, chemicals, and hazardous liquids can contaminate the soil when sent to landfill or dumped in wate, sewers, or the ground. Even vapours from these solvents and dry cleaning waste can spread through the air and be harmful to humans if not disposed of properly.

    Ensure your dry cleaning waste is sent to an appropriate treatment facility to avoid it going to landfill or contaminating soil.

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