Business waste is any discarded material produced during operations. Much of this may be of the same nature as residential waste, but companies in the UK are held to a higher standard. Industries steadily produce more waste, including potentially hazardous materials like industrial chemicals.
Your company is accountable for seeing that business waste disposal is done lawfully. Your legal responsibilities in waste management include safe and proper storage, adoption of a program to minimize waste, contracting with registered disposal firms only, and an obligation to report illegal waste practices. You’ll also have to fill out a transfer note for every load that leaves your premises.
Whether you contract with a third party or manage you own waste, exact laws and requirements will vary according to the area in which you live, such as Wales, England, or Scotland. If you plan on hauling your own waste, you may need to be registered for the purpose.
Types of waste
The kind of waste you dispose of will depend on the nature of your business. Office environments may produce nothing more than paper or electronic waste, and may be able to dispose of it through recycling and landfills. Medical waste is considered a hazardous substance and there are strict laws regarding how it’s to be disposed of. Automotive garages may generate waste metal that could be recycled, but also chemicals such as solvents, grease, oil, and fuels that would be considered hazardous.
Landfills are less popular today as space disappears and environmental laws become stricter. Some things like drywall, paper, or wood from construction/demolition jobs are environmentally safe and okay for landfills.
Recycling of common materials such as paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, metals, and even concrete is a good option for manufacturers.
Combustion of materials such as wood, plastics, cardboard, and old fuels may be used to power generators and provide electricity. Plasma, or electrical arcs at very high temperatures, are now used with certain substances to vaporize them into a burnable gas.
Plant waste can become compost for fertilizing agricultural land. If gathered and processed promptly, it can also become biofuel, or ground and formed into pellets to use as animal feed or as a fuel source.
Look to plan a waste disposal solution for your business by identifying all the types of waste produced by your company. Learn the laws regarding disposal of these substances. Then you can determine whether hiring a registered waste removal firm is the best option for you.