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Running a commercial garage requires the proper storage, removal, and disposal of all automotive waste you produce. From dead car batteries and damaged tyres to fuel, cleaning fluids, and even cardboard packaging, garages produce all sorts of rubbish. Proper management involves following strict environmental controls for all hazardous waste you generate – such as waste engine oil.

As a result, garages and automotive companies have complex waste management needs that require careful planning, storage, and collection – alongside various disposal and recycling methods. At Business Waste, we provide tailored automotive and garage waste services to help commercial garages of all sizes control your hazardous and non-hazardous waste storage and disposal.

Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 today for a free quote for garage waste removal and disposal anywhere in the UK.

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Our garage waste services are tailored to the unique needs of your business – whether you run a commercial garage or any other type of company within the automotive industry. Our expert team can assess your needs and help put in place a plan to ensure all your waste is stored, collected, and disposed of properly.

We can help you manage your garage waste by providing the following garage waste collection and disposal services:

  • Garage waste oil collection – We can supply COSHH certified containers to safely store used engine oil and arrange waste engine oil collection when you need it.
  • Waste solvents – We can supply COSHH certified labelled containers for the safe storage of all solvent types, such as toluene, ethanol, and lacquer thinner.
  • Car tyres – Get rid of worn down, ripped, shredded, and any other waste tyres from cars, vans, and other vehicles left in your garage in a responsible way.
  • Soiled rags – Oil is highly flammable, which makes oil-soaked rags a potential fire risk. Therefore, you must store soiled rags in metal containers with a heavy hinged lid. We can supply these containers and arrange collection and recycling on a schedule that suits to reduce fire risks.
  • Plastics – Commercial garages that carry out body repairs often have plastic body panels and bumpers that need disposing of properly. We can arrange skips or large bins to provide safe storage of these panels before collection and recycling, with collection schedules to suit your business requirements.
  • Scrap metal – All garages produce large amounts of scrap metal. This must be stored in compliance with the Special Waste Regulations Act and disposed of in compliance with the Environmental Protection Act. We can supply the appropriate containers, bins, and skips depending on the amount and type of scrap metal you produce.
  • Cardboard – Waste cardboard poses a fire risk if not stored correctly. We can supply waste cardboard bins, skips, balers, and compactors of all sizes to help you store cardboard safely. We’ll collect it and ensure as much as possible is recycled to help protect or planet.

Garage waste 
disposal and recycling

As your commercial garage is a business, you have a duty of care to ensure any waste you produce is stored, transported, and disposed of properly. This means taking steps so that as much as possible is recycled and any hazardous waste is disposed of in a safe and legal manner.

Using a licensed waste carrier for your garage waste collection, such as with Business Waste, can ensure all automotive waste you produce is disposed of appropriately. The exact method of recycling and disposal varies according to the materials from your garage. These are some of the main collection, recycling, and disposal processes for garage waste:

  • Used engine oil – Garage waste oil collection involves the used engine oil being filtered and demineralised to remove all contaminants. The oil is then re-refined for use in base oils or lubricants.
  • Waste filters – Any waste filters are shredded before being separated into their component parts. The paper, ferrous, and nonferrous metals are then sent for recycling in the normal way.
  • Battery waste – Flat and unusable car and other batteries are ground up before the polypropylene and electrolyte are separated for reuse in the battery industry. Any lead present is removed before being melted down and recycled in the normal way.
  • Soiled rags – Pre-treatment happens to soiled rags to remove any contaminants. They’re then sent to an industrial furnace and used for fuel. Rags that don’t contain solvents are laundered before being reused.
  • Scrap metal – Scrap metal is shredded before being sorted into various base metals. The base metals are then passed through a furnace to burn off any impurities. The pure metal is melted into ingots and then used to make new products.

Garage waste bins

As there are many types of materials that make up garage waste, the bins your business needs will be based on the common streams you produce. Commercial garages also vary in size, which affects the number and size of bins best for your operations – including whether you have storage space for them.

From standard carboard recycling bins to big balers, discover some common bins used to store types of automotive and garage waste.

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  • 240 litre wheelie bins

    Mainly used for paper, cardboard, and general waste storage in your garage.

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  • Skips

    Large storage option for scrap metal and high volumes of plastic and other waste.

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  • Waste drums

    A common choice for storage and waste engine oil collection, available in various sizes.

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Garage waste 

We provide a range of automotive waste solutions to help businesses and commercial garages across the UK get rid of your waste with ease. One of our expert and friendly team can assess your operations and help put together an effective waste management plan – including everything from storage to collection and disposal.

Whatever type of automotive waste you produce, however much and how often, we can provide free bins for its storage – you just pay for collection. Ensure your premises has enough space to keep the bin types you need and an accessible location for pickup.

Arrange garage waste collection on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly schedule. We’ll deliver garage waste bins to fill with your rubbish, then our licensed waste carriers will collect your refuse at an agreed time and pickup point. Costs of collection vary based on the type and number of bins and your location.

They’ll safely transport your automotive waste to a nearby facility for the relevant treatment, recycling, and disposal. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online for a free quote for commercial garage waste collection. Our team will happily answer any questions you have about our automotive waste solutions.

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How does garage 
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 
garage waste?

Garage waste is simply any kind of rubbish your commercial garage produces during its working activities and daily operations. This can be anything from packaging waste from parts to waste motor oil and more. Commercial garages generate many types of specialist waste that needs storing and disposing of carefully to meet environmental regulations.

Most commercial garages need to manage the following types of garage waste:

Garage waste regulations

There are no specific garage waste regulations, but three key acts set out storage and disposal procedures for hazardous materials. These are applicable to any garage or automotive company that deals with hazardous waste types such as batteries, engine and motor oil, and more. The three acts to follow are the:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Special Waste Regulations Act 1996
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Act (COSHH)

As a result of this legislation, garage owners have a duty of care to ensure all waste engine oils, solvents, paints, and metals are stored and disposed of correctly. Failure to do so can result in large fines and/or prison sentences. At Business Waste we can help ensure your garage waste management is compliant with all such regulations.

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Garage waste

  • AUTOMOTIVE How much does it cost to dispose of tyres?

    Tyre disposal costs depend on where you get rid of them. If you visit a garage to have new tyres fit on your vehicle, they’ll normally dispose of them for free. When changing tyres at home, some tyre companies may collect and dispose of your old tyres for a small fee.

    Certain household waste recycling centres also accept tyres for disposal but normally charge for the service too. Along with the tyre disposal cost, there’s often a limit to how many you can dispose of at once too. Check if your local authority offers the service.

    Businesses must get rid of any old tyres from their vehicle as commercial waste. Arrange collection by licensed waste carriers such as with Business Waste, and the only tyre disposal costs you’ll have to cover is for their removal. We provide free bins with no rental charges or hidden fees. Contact us for a free quote.

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  • AUTOMOTIVE How do garages get rid of oil?

    Garages use lots of oils, from engine and motor oil to types for lubricating doors and other vehicle parts. Sometimes these can be contaminated or removed from vehicles and are no longer usable. This should be stored in a sealable and leak-free container, such as a waste oil drum, and kept in a safe and secure place.

    Garages that have registered licensed waste carriers can either transport this to an oil recycling facility or arrange garage waste oil collection.

  • AUTOMOTIVE What happens to waste engine oil?

    After arranging waste engine oil collection, any used or contaminated oil is moved to a nearby oil recycling facility. Here it’s filtered and demineralised to remove all contaminants. This is then re-refined (where water is extracted from the oil) and then the final product is reused in base oils or lubricants.

  • AUTOMOTIVE What plastic waste do garages produce?

    The main plastic waste garages produce is from car body repairs. This can include bumpers, body panels, and even interior work. Depending on the type of plastic it may be recyclable. Either way, we help avoid it going to landfill where it could otherwise add to pollution if the chemicals plastics contain leach into the ground, air, and water.

    Garages may also generate a smaller amount of plastic waste due to food and other packaging for parts and other goods. Small amounts may go in dry mixed recycling bins, or you can use specific plastic recycling solutions.

  • AUTOMOTIVE What removes oil from a garage floor?

    Used oil can get everywhere in a garage and cause a slip hazard. There are various tried and tested methods, such as covering the oil spill with cat litter, WD-40, and a combination of sawdust and paint thinner. Pouring over mineral spirits, leaving for five minutes to sink in, then scrubbing with a stiff bristled brush may also work.

  • AUTOMOTIVE Is it bad to burn used motor oil?

    Burning used motor oil can be a good way to generate heat. However, you must have a proper and approved waste oil furnace in place – you cannot just put used motor oil on a fire or in an oil heater at home. Otherwise, burning used motor oil is no different to using any other kind of oil heater.

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