Garage Waste Management

Operating a commercial garage requires the owner to maintain strict environmental controls for all the hazardous waste that is produced. As a result, garages have complex waste management needs that need to be managed carefully. We can help commercial garages of all sizes manage their hazardous material storage and waste requirements.
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Garage Waste Disposal

What types of waste do garages typically produce?

Commercial garages produce many types of specialist waste which needs to be stored and disposed of carefully if environmental regulations are to be met. Most commercial garages need to manage the following types of garage waste.

Waste oil

    • Waste oil filters

Old batteries

    • Contaminated fuels


    • Waste tyres

Scrap metal

    • Soiled rags
    • Waste solvents
    • Anti-freeze


    • Paint containers
    Waste brake fluid

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What laws govern garage waste management?

The Environmental Protection Act 1990, The Special Waste Regulations Act 1996 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Act (COSHH) all set out storage and disposal procedures for such hazardous materials.

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

Waste engine oil – We can supply COSHH certified containers to safely store used engine oil ready for collection.

Waste solvents – We can supply COSHH certified labeled containers for the safe storage of all types of solvent.

Soiled rags – Oil is highly flammable which makes oil-soaked rags a potential fire risk. As a result, soiled rags must be stored in metal containers with a heavy hinged lid. We can supply these containers and arrange collection/recycling on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly schedule.

Plastics – Garages that carry out body repairs often have plastic body panels/bumpers which need to be disposed of properly. We can arrange skips or large bins to provide safe storage of these panels before collection and recycling and offer 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/skips, allowing you to safely store such material before collection and recycling.

Cardboard – Waste cardboard poses a fire risk if not stored correctly. We can supply waste cardboard bin, skips, balers and compactors of all sizes to help you store cardboard safely. Daily, Bi-weekly and monthly collections can then be arranged for recycling.

Garage waste recycling

Storing hazardous waste is one thing but what happens to it once it has been collected? The exact method of recycling varies according to the material. Here is a brief outline of the recycling and collection processes used for each material.

What happens to each type of waste from a garage once it is collected?

Storing hazardous waste is one thing but what happens to it once it has been collected? The exact method of recycling varies according to the material. Here is a brief outline of the recycling processes used for each material.

Used engine oil – Used engine oil is filtered and demineralised to remove all contaminants. The oil is then re-refined for use in base oils or lubricants.

Waste filters – 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 – 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 – Soiled rags are pre-treated before being sent to an industrial furnace where they are used for fuel. Rags that do not 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 then melted into ingots after which it can be used to make new products.

If you would like more information about our range of garage waste collection and recycling services, please give us a call for free on 0800 211 8390 or complete the contact form.

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