How to Manage Industrial Waste correctly

July 2, 2015

What is Industrial Waste?

According to The Environmental Protection Act (1990) Industrial waste is defined as “The waste from a factory, or from any premises used for, or in connection with provision of public transport; public supply of gas, water, electricity or sewerage services; or provision to the public of postal or communication services”.

In simpler terms, trade waste can be classified as the residue/waste generated from a manufacturing process, and no longer has a use; this can be any waste products produced in, for example  factories, mills and mining operations, to name just a few.

Commercial and industrial waste can appear in a number of different forms; solid, liquid or gas. This can range from waste logging which is the fibres that are produced when cutting material, to old equipment which is no long required.


Disposing of Industrial Waste

The most common outlet for industrial waste is landfill. However, here at GD Environmental, we strive to view waste as a resource and therefore view landfill disposal as a very last resort. In turn, we explore a number of sustainable outlets to house the waste instead. Here is just one of our examples, where we were identified the opportunity to construct The Celtic Manor’s 2010 Ryder Cup Driving Range from trade Waste produced at Aberthaw Power Station.

As you’re already probably aware commercial and industrial waste disposal comes at a cost, however, it is equally important to consider the additional costs which are associated with producing the waste.

It is important to factor in the cost of the raw materials as well as the energy and labour involved in the generation of the waste. In reality, this can sometimes be 5 – 20 times higher than the cost of disposal.


Why you Should Employ a Waste Management Company

Asides the obvious financial benefit of appointing a sustainable waste management company to take care of your industrial waste, manufactures can also ensure they remain compliant with increasingly strict waste legislation, which has been enforced to limit the environmental impact of landfill sites.

By choosing to appoint a sustainable waste management company like GD Environmental to provide an effective waste management service, creates a number of benefits to those in commercial and industrial backgrounds, including;

  • Cost Saving - reducing raw material consumption
  • Improving the sustainable performance of your operations
  • Ensuring your company complies with legislation enforced by Natural Resource Wales / The Environment Agency


Get in Touch

If you’re based in Wales, and are looking to improve the sustainable performance of your operations, then we strongly recommend reviewing your current waste management procedures. We’re happy to send a member of our team to one of your sites to undertake a site audit. For more information call us today on 01633 277755 or email

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