The Everyday Hazards of Hazardous Waste

July 27, 2015

The days when any waste could be discarded in any office bin are long gone.

Today, due to legislation enforced by The Environment Agency  (The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005) much of our business and office waste is classified as ‘Hazardous’ and must be collected and disposed of in accordance with current legislation.

 

So, what is Hazardous Waste?

Waste becomes hazardous when it contains elements that are deemed harmful to our health or the environment, either immediately or over a period of time.

Hazardous waste was officially known as ‘special waste’ until new regulations concerning its management were introduced in July 2005.

No matter how big or small your office is, we’re pretty confident you’ll have some of these items on or around your desk;

  • Fluorescent Tubes 
  • Batteries
  • Toner and printer cartridges
  • Computer screen cleaning wipes
  • Disinfectants, cleaning products and polish sprays
  • Glues
  • Smoke alarms
  • Electrical Items; laptops, computer screens, fridges, kettles, telephones, televisions

 

Hazardous waste

 

Are you a Hazardous Waste Producer?

Offices and business based in England and Wales which produce more than 200kg of hazardous waste in any 12-month period will need to register as a Hazardous Waste Producer with the Environment Agency.

As an indication of how much 200kg equates to, it is approximately 10 small TV’S, or 14 lead acid car batteries, or 500 fluorescent tubes or 5 domestic fridges.

Many offices and businesses are not likely to generate these quantities; therefore there is no need to register as a hazardous waste producer.

 

Remaining Compliant

Businesses that produce hazardous waste are legally responsible for the safe removal and disposal, and are obliged to check that the appointed contractor is a registered hazardous waste carrier.

Accompanying the hazardous waste is a ‘Consignment Note’, which must be completed for every movement of the hazardous waste, including the transportation from one premises to another.

Your appointed Waste Contractor will produce this on your behalf; however, there is usually an associated charge.

 

How Can We Help You?

For advice on managing hazardous waste in your office or your operations, call a member of our helpful team today on 01633 2777. As a licensed hazardous waste carrier, GD Environmental is certified to transport all quantities of hazardous waste from a small test tube to an arctic lorry load.