Do You Know Your Hazardous Waste Guidelines?
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Do You Know Your Hazardous Waste Guidelines?

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All businesses or firms anticipating construction projects, garden remodellings or any jobs that will result in waste materials need to know regulations and guidelines regarding hazardous waste. So, before you contact us to arrange commercial skip hire, here is a guide to the relevant legislature and other details about potentially harmful items.

Your Duty Of Care

The Duty of Care is a law that requires all firms to take the reasonable steps to keep waste safe. This also covers hiring an agency or commercial skip hire supplier to handle your rubbish for you. They must be authorised to take it, transport it and recycle or dispose of it safely. This is something we can guarantee at Skippy Nationwide. However, it’s worth pointing out what happens if you fail to comply with this legislature.

Breach of Duty of Care can result in a penalty of up to £5,000 on summary conviction. You could also be facing an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment. Duty of Care also applies to anyone who produces or imports, keeps or stores, transports, treats or disposes of waste.

Under the Duty of Care Regulations 1991, those that are transferring waste from one to another must complete a “transfer note”. This contains a written description of the waste being transported. DEFRA has a number of guidelines on what a transfer note should include. See their site for more details.

What About Hazardous Waste?

Firstly, let’s determine what hazardous waste actually is. Hazardous waste is essentially waste that contains materials that may render it harmful to human waste or the environment. A lot of everyday items, or those found on construction sites, such as fluorescent tubes, TVs, computer monitors and many paints, solvents and oils are all considered hazardous.

The Environment Agency has a full list of items and materials that are determined as hazardous waste. Visit their website for more details.

If you produce any of these hazardous substances you may need to register your premises with the Environment Agency on an annual basis. The Environment Agency charges a fee to register your premises with them. Skippy Nationwide can assist you with registering your premises if required.

We won’t be able to carry these materials away as part of our regular commercial skip hire service but we do offer more specialised containers and operations to help you with this. Contact us to learn more.

Who Needs To Register Their Premises?

There are some exemptions in place so not everyone need register their premises:

The following must register their premises:

  • Businesses producing any hazardous waste.
  • Any households, offices, shops, farms, schools, colleges, prisons, residential and nursing homes, hospitals, dental, veterinary and other medical practices, premises used by charities and places used for the purpose of collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment that produce more than 500Kg of hazardous waste in a year.

People who don’t need to register their premises include:

  • Businesses that do not produce any hazardous waste of any kind.
  • Households, offices, shops, farms, schools, colleges, prisons, residential and nursing homes, hospitals, dental, veterinary and other medical practices, premises used by charities and places used for the purpose of collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment, producing less than 500Kg of hazardous waste in a year.

Once again, failure to register your premises could result in a hefty fine. Hazardous waste is subject to the same Duty of Care regulations and thus transfer and consignment notes are required. As always, we can help arrange these at Skippy.

Mixing of different categories of hazardous waste or the mixing of hazardous waste with non-hazardous waste is prohibited under the regulations, unless the mixing is authorised by a permit or exemption.

Commercial Skip Hire Available Anywhere In The UK Today

We’ll be more than happy to chat to you in greater detail about any of the regulations and legislature that affects the handling of waste. Please do make contact if you require further guidance.

Interested in our commercial skip hire services? Then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! You can call us for free on 0500 401148 to chat to one of our experts. If you’re on a mobile, please call 03333 218402. Alternatively, email sales@skippy.co.uk to get your quote in a matter of minutes

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