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6 Tips For Hazardous Waste Removal

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You cannot dispose of certain dangerous items as general waste. Electrical items are one of the numerous types of products that are classified as hazardous waste and require a specialist hazardous waste removal service. Electrical products are subject to regulations, they are known as WEEE regulations.

There are various different reasons why a business may need to dispose hazardous items such as electrical equipment. For example, you may have upgraded the computers in your office and now have 20 old computers that need to be responsibly disposed of.

Whilst detailed information about the WEEE regulations and Hazardous Waste regulations can be found visiting legislation.gov.uk. Some people can find legislation difficult to understand. As such we have created this short and informative guide.

6 Tips For Hazardous Waste Removal!

1. Is Your Waste Hazardous?
Many different types of waste can be classified as hazardous. Such as the dangerous material asbestos. Asbestos fibers are very small, yet these tiny fibers can cause very serious medical conditions such as mesothelioma , asbestosis and lung cancer .

Asbestos isn’t the only type of waste that is considered hazardous. There are many other types of waste that can be very dangerous, such as batteries. Batteries are very commonly used by many people throughout their lives; however these batteries can contain numerous harmful substances such as lithium.

If you are unsure if your waste is hazardous or not, the Gov.uk website has a page dedicated to providing information regarding the disposal of hazardous materials. Alternatively you can give our team a call on 03333 218402 and we will be happy to help.

2. Be Careful! Waste Can Be Dangerous!
Waste is called hazardous because when it has properties that can make it harmful to either human health or the environment. Whilst waste in this category might not be immediately harmful to your health, some waste can pose an immediate risk. As such it is very important to take all the necessary precautions.

Businesses produce numerous different types of waste and as such it is important to correctly separate your waste. It is very important that your harmful waste does not contaminate your non-hazardous waste.

Not only will segregating your waste make it easier to recycle any items of your waste that is recyclable, but it will also help you manage your harmful waste. Segregating your waste is an important part of any business’s waste management plan .

3. Electrical Waste Cannot Be Disposed Of As General Waste
Many people use electrical items in their day-to-day lives, so they feel like general items. However, they are items of harmful waste and as such they require a specialist hazardous waste removal service.

This is because electrical items contain a variety of dangerous materials, such as mercury or cadmium. These materials can be harmful to human health and the environment. For example, cadmium is carcinogenic . Even worse, it is classified as group 1. This means that cadmium is can cause cancer in humans. If you’re interested in learning more, cancer.org has more information regarding carcinogens.

4. Stay Up To Date On Current Waste Legislation
It is very important that you stay up to date on current waste legislation. Whilst it is important that you stay up to date on hazardous waste legislation, it is very important that you are up to date and well informed on all waste legislation.

If you find legislation confusing and difficult to understand, no worries. Skippy Nationwide is here to help. We have a helpful legislation guide to give you lots of information regarding waste legislation. For example, businesses that produce hazardous waste must register their premises. However, a household producing less than 500kg of hazardous waste a year does not have to register their premises with the Environment Agency.

If you are still struggling and would like some advice or have any questions to ask. You can contact our friendly and dedicated team of waste management experts by calling 03333 218402 and enquire about our many waste management services.

5. If You Are Disposing Of Computers, Back Up Your Data!
Computers cannot be disposed of in the general waste stream and require a specialist disposal service. However, before your dispose of your computers, think about your data.

It is likely that your business’s computers contain lots of valuable information. It is very important that you make sure that the information isn’t lost. So before you hire a commercial waste management business to responsibly dispose of your business’s old computers, remember to double check that all the information that you need to keep has been backed up.

6. Choose A Reputable Waste Management Disposal Service
When you are disposing of waste that is hazardous it is very important to choose a reputable business. A simple way to check a waste management company’s credentials is to enter their waste carrier number on the Environment Protection Agency’s website .

If you’re disposing of hazardous materials, you don’t want to hear that the company you hired to responsibly and ethically dispose of your waste had fly tipped your waste.

Fly tipping is a very serious offense. If you are caught disposing of waste illegally you could face some very serious consequences. If you are interested in reading more information regarding the penalties for fly tipping, tacklingflytipping.com has some very useful information regarding fly tipping legislation.

Interested In Any Of Our Commercial Waste Management Services?
Contact Skippy Nationwide Today!

If your business is producing hazardous waste and you are searching for an ethical and responsible way to dispose of your waste in a legally compliant manner, contact our friendly and dedicated team of experts and discuss a waste management solution with Skippy Nationwide.

Skippy Nationwide is one of the UK’s leading waste disposal companies. Our wide variety of services mean that we can manage multiple waste streams under one roof; providing your business with a responsible and comprehensive waste management solution.

If you would like more information regarding our waste services, such as, hazardous waste removal, construction waste management and commercial skip hire , please contact our friendly team of experts.

You can contact us in a variety of different ways:

  • To contact us by phone please call 03333 218402. Our lines are open Mon-Fri 8:00-5:30 and 8:30-12:30 on Saturdays.
  • You can also contact us by email, please send an email to, sales@skippy.co.uk .
  • You could also fill out our contact form and our team will respond as soon as possible.
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