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Rubbish Fact 9 – What not to do with waste

Construction, commercial or domestic, we all deal with waste every day and it can build up quickly! We are constantly reminded of the benefits of recycling and the ‘correct’ way of disposal, but are you also aware of the legal requirements associated with some types of waste? It can be a lot to get your head around, so this month we take a look at the facts of the dos and don’ts of waste.

Legal Waste Requirements: What NOT to do

Flytipping

Sadly, fly tipping still occurs frequently. Illegal fly tipping unwanted waste has a number of damaging consequences to the environment and health. Click here to read more
However, its not just about what you do with your waste, it’s what happens to your waste once it has left you. If not disposing of waste yourself, you need to work with reputable brokers who you can trust to dispose of your waste correctly.

Need a reputable and trusted waste removal company? Look no further than Site Solutions!

Hazardous waste

Firstly, you need to know the difference between hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste. Put simply, it is a type of waste that would have a substantial threat to the environment or humans if left to dispose in an uncontrolled manner.

  • Asbestos: Many buildings built pre 1980 can contain some sort of asbestos in the materials used for construction. Asbestos can be a hazardous material when disturbed and should therefore be handled safely and disposed of correctly.
  • Plasterboard: If gypsum waste is mixed with biodegradable waste it results in the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. Exposure to this gas could cause breathing difficulties or skin and eye irritation.
  • Contaminated soil: The ground, be it soil or some other substrate, can become contaminated in many ways. One common way is through a spill of fuel oil (such as kerosene). Contaminated soil or hardcore can be classified as both hazardous and non-hazardous, but either needs to be disposed of properly and responsibly.

Failure to dispose of hazardous waste correctly can have serious consequences and lead to hefty fines.

Legal Waste Requirements: What to DO

Think Green!

Site Solutions always has sustainability at the forefront of everything we do. We ask our customers to do the same when working with large amounts of waste. Considering the environment when disposing of waste is key to the negating the impact of incorrectly disposed waste.

We recommend considering the waste hierarchy pyramid when dealing with waste. When it comes to waste can…

  • You reduce the amount of waste?
  • The waste be reused?
  • Your waste be repaired?
  • Any waste be recycled?
  • Your waste be recovered?

If it’s ‘no’ to all questions, then disposal should be the final option.

Pallets

Using pallets as an example, it is a common material that quickly builds up and often considered as waste. However, pallets are made from a versatile material that can be reused, repurposed or recycled. Site Solutions has recently begun national pallet collection and recycling.

Stay on top of the rules!

There are rules and regulations in place to govern the correct disposal of waste that has a legal requirement to be adhered to. Failure to comply will result in hefty fines and possible prison sentences, depending on the severity. To get up to date on the latest rules and regulations, check the environmental waste section of the governments website.

Contact the professionals to manage your waste to avoid any legal waste requirement issues!

Site Solutions specialise in waste management, providing national skip hire, site services, pallet collection and contaminated soil treatment. We do it all. Our team are well equipped with the knowledge and rules of waste, so our customers are assured their waste is in good hands!