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Manufacturers – have you correctly classified your hazardous waste?

hazardous wasteIf your business produces hazardous waste, it’s vital that you know how to classify it correctly.

How waste is classified decides how it must be dealt with and incorrect classification could lead to prosecution.

You will need a permit to dispose of your waste, and you’ll need to classify it correctly before that permit is issued. The company you choose to deal with your waste will also need to know the classification, to ensure they have the capacity and equipment to move it or process it.

What is hazardous waste?

This waste is harmful to the environment or humans. It may be chemicals, batteries, asbestos, solvents, oils, or pesticides.

As a business, you have a legal duty of care to ensure the hazardous waste you produce or deal with does not cause harm to people or the environment.

 

How do you classify hazardous waste?

Firstly, check the government’s waste classification guidance. You can find that here. It will give you a waste classification code (also called a List of Waste or European Waste Catalogue code) for your waste. Generally, a code with an asterisk next to it is hazardous.

Some waste will be a mixture of hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

If your manufacturing process produces packaging waste, see the government’s guide on that here.

For electronic waste, see this guide, and for oil waste, check the codes here.

Secondly, you will need to describe your waste. You must include:

  • the waste classification code
  • whether the waste is hazardous
  • the name of the substances
  • the type of premises or business where the waste was produced
  • a report of the chemical and physical analysis of the waste
  • a description of the process that produced the waste
  • any special problems, special requirements, or special knowledge about to the waste

 

What the law says

To comply with the law, you’ll need to ensure different hazardous wastes in different classifications and hazardous and non-hazardous wastes are not mixed.

You will usually need more than one code if you have two types of hazardous waste.

Why you should get expert advice

Dealing with hazardous waste is a complex undertaking. There are a great many rules and there is huge potential to fall foul of the law.

An experienced company, such as Inspire Waste Management, will help you through the process.

We ensure our clients across the UK are fully compliant with the law and that all the contractors used have the correct certifications and are audited properly.

Find out more about us here.

Need some advice on hazardous waste disposal? Call our friendly team on 0191 6824142.

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The Importance of recycling​ IT equipment

Would you throw a piece of paper containing your customers’ bank details and addresses into the general waste?

Would you put papers with your employees’ national insurance numbers into an ordinary rubbish bin?

The answer’s obviously no.

Every business owner knows they must comply with the Data Protection Act when it comes to dealing with these details – and if they don’t, they could face a stiff fine.

So, when it comes to recycling old computers and smartphones, why would you not ensure the hard drive is completely wiped?

Most people wrongly believe that deleting files from your desktop or laptop computers will mean they cannot be retrieved.

That isn’t the case.

The files are still on those devices somewhere. They’re just hidden from view.

All you’ve done by deleting these items is remove the site map to find them.

Data recovery software can find them and the information contained in them.

This information could fall into the hands of unscrupulous people who could use it to defraud or steal from your customers and employees. Or, they could be out to ruin the reputation of your business.

The financial cost could be substantial.

What’s the importance of wiping your hard drives? It’s of vital importance.

What’s the difference when I erase a file?

This is when a special program permanently wipes or scrubs a file.

For one file, you’d tend to shred it – using a program which overwrites the contents with binary code.

When you wipe a whole hard drive, that means you erase everything on it and anything you have deleted previously.

Don’t be fooled into thinking a factory reset or a reformatting will do the trick. They tend to be the equivalent of deleting files, rather than erasing them.

How can I wipe the hard drive securely?

There are products like SafeErase and DBan which will wipe your PC hard drive with one wipe. Anyone using the computer afterwards will have to install all of their own software as a result.

On Macs with mechanical hard drives, you can put it into Recovery Mode then use Disk Utility – an application on all Macs – to wipe the hard drive.

It can be trickier to wipe the hard drive on smartphones. A factory reset won’t wipe the drives on Android phones and tablets unless you encrypt the storage first, then erase it and restore the factory settings.

Should I call in the experts?

Yes – if you want your sensitive information to be dealt with securely, hire a company like Inspire Waste Management with a long track record in dealing with top companies and their confidential waste.

Our expert staff understand our clients’ need to be legally compliant and to deal with sensitive information in a secure way.

Are you a North-East business owner who needs advice on wiping hard drives on your computers and smartphones? Call Inspire Waste Management on 0191 6824142. Discover our range of services here

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Make securing your confidential waste your New Year resolution

Is securing your confidential wast your New Year resolutions?

When it comes to your business, one of the most important resolutions to make for 2017 would be to overhaul the way you deal with confidential waste.

Business owners and managers have become far more aware of the threats they face in terms of cyber security, and the potential for large fines if data is not properly protected.

Neglecting the basics when it comes to information on paper, however, could also lead to a substantial fine if you breach the Data Protection Act, substantial losses for a business, and a massive hit to a company’s reputation.

The Information Commissioner’s Office reported a rise in data breaches from items being posted or faxed to the wrong location during the second quarter of 2016, and an increase in data breaches from the loss or theft of paperwork.

Of the 545 data breaches between April and June 2016, 81 came from the loss or theft of paperwork.

Find out how you can comply with the Data Protection Act here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/.

What could thieves do with your data?

  • Defraud your customers posing as you, a particular threat if your paperwork contains bank or credit card details.
  • Sell information about your business and customers to competitors.
  • Gain access to your cyber systems if passwords and other relevant data are printed out and thrown out in the insecure waste. That could lead to online data theft.
  • Find details of staff rotas and shifts, and details of when your business premises are empty. Imagine what thieves and burglars could do with that information.

What action could you face?

The ICO has issued actions including notices to comply with data protection rules and substantial fines during 2016.

The largest fine it issued was to Talk Talk for £400,000, which was a record fine, while one care home in Northern Ireland was fined £15,000.

Any business which suffers a data breach may well also find itself liable in the courts for any financial loss customers face as a result of the breach.

Health companies are vulnerable to data breaches

Companies operating in the health sector should be particularly wary of how they deal with paperwork, the ICO says, because of the level of detail which is often contained in patient reports and medical records.

They often contain national insurance numbers, names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and details of prescribed medicines

So, for care homes, care providers, therapists, doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dentists, and opticians, having a secure method of dealing with confidential waste is vital.

What can you do?

Ensure your confidential waste is deal with securely by employing a company which is experienced in helping businesses comply with the law – like Inspire Waste.

All the confidential waste we process is collected by BS7858-vetted staff and destroyed or recycled to the BS15713 standard – complying with the code of practice for securely destroying confidential information.

Need help dealing with confidential waste in the North East? Call us on 0191 6824142.

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4 things you need to know to deal with batteries and electronic waste…

Does your business produce electronic waste or waste batteries?

You need to follow the correct procedure for disposing of them. If you don’t, your company could face a substantial fine for breaching HSE regulations.

This is 4 things you need to know to deal with batteries and electronic waste…

What is WEEE?

WEEE stands for waste electrical and electronic equipment. This covers electrical and electronic equipment at the end of its life, almost everything with a plug or battery.

That includes computers, mobile phones, photocopiers, printers, tablets, kettles, toasters, microwave ovens, fridges, lamps, shredders, and other office and factory equipment.

WEEE items are classed as household or non-household.

Most items are sold with a label showing a crossed-out wheelie bin meaning they should not be placed in general household waste.

What are the 10 categories of WEEE?

  • Small household appliances
  • Large household appliances
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Electronic and electrical tools
  • Leisure and sports equipment and toys
  • Instruments for monitoring and control
  • Automatic dispensers

How can WEEE waste be moved?

Any hazardous waste produced or shipped by businesses, including batteries and some items covered by the WEEE regulations, must have a consignment note if it is moved.

Hazardous WEEE waste includes fridges and freezers which contain ozone-depleting chemicals and electronic items with capacitors which contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

This includes collections by registered waste carriers, movements between premises in the same business, and movements from your customers’ sites. The only exceptions are domestic waste, and waste covered by international waste shipment controls – when a different note is used.

The note must have the details of who has the waste and where it is going. It must also describe the waste and how it was created, detail the quantity and any chemical components.

Your carrier must enter their details, including the vehicle which will transporting it.

At each step of the process, the details must be checked, and signed off by the business sending the waste, the carrier, and those receiving it.

Find out more about consignment notes here: https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/consignment-notes

What are the rules for its disposal?

WEEE waste has to be taken to an approved authorised treatment facility where it is weighed and categorised.

The items are then broken up and component parts recycled and re-used wherever possible, while hazardous waste is processed safely.

Anyone dealing with waste batteries must be an approved battery treatment operator and evidence notes must be kept as proof. Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste-batteries-treat-recycle-and-export

Ensure your batteries and WEEE waste are dealt with safely and securely. We offer secure destruction – or if you’ve wiped your computer hard drives, we can recycle them. They can then be used by local charities, for example. Need advice? Call us on 0191 6824142 or Email: enquiries@inspirewaste.co.uk

 

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How to save money by recycling

Sending waste to landfill is expensive.

The average charge at the moment is between £80 and £90 per tonne (including the landfill tax and depending on which area of the UK you’re in).

The cost increases every year as local authorities push businesses and households to recycle more.

The UK government has introduced stringent regulations which include reducing the amount of waste councils send to landfill.

Waste prevention charity WRAP says the cost of dealing with waste can be up to 4% of a business’ turnover. The charity says that most businesses can save 1% of that with little or no extra cost.

Think about how much that could save your bottom line.

Under the waste regulations 2011 (England & Wales), businesses also have a legal duty to keep waste to a minimum by recycling and reusing items or recovering item from waste.

It must be sorted and stored safety and companies have to complete a transfer note for each load of waste which leaves their premises.

Businesses must check their waste carrier is registered to deal with their waste and that no loads are dumped illegally.

Businesses disposing of their own waste have to register was a waste carrier to do so.

Breaching the regulations could lead to a business facing a substantial fine.

One of the key things your business could do to save money by recycling, and ensure regulations are complied with, is to use an experienced waste management firm like Inspire Waste.

None of the contractors we use will take items directly to landfill and their operations are legally compliant. We aim to reduce our clients’ costs and their impact on the environment.

Waste management companies carry out waste audits for their customers, highlighting areas where they can boost recycling rates and cut costs.

Each business is different. Some produce manufacturing waste during their production processes, other office-based businesses have high rates of paper and cardboard waste and need to recycle electronic equipment.

Here’s what your business could recycle:

  • Electronic equipment
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Organic waste
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Tyres
  • Wood

Removing these items from your general waste could slash the weight of items you’re sending to landfill.

Newspapers can be recycled into packaging or egg boxes, printer paper can be recycled into high quality paper, and organic waste can be composted.

 

To find out how to save money by recycling in your business, call us on 0191 6824142.

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Welcome to Inspire Waste Management

Firstly welcome to the website of inspire waste management
I’m richard tucker director of inspired waste and I thought I’d start the blog rolling with some frequently asked questions
What size bin do I need ?
We offer a wide range of bins to suit all needs, often businesses start with a like for like swap from their previous supplier, we can always swap the size of bin later in your contract if you find your needs change
What does it cost ?
Waste management companies are notorious for hidden charges at inspire we do it differently, we are clear transparent on costs and give you the price the unit will be with no hidden extras
Who should I call if I have a problem?
All service enquirers should be directed to our service team on 0191 6824142
Do I need to leave my bin out the night before ?
Only if your bin is kept inside or in a locked compound, for the vast majority of customers there is no need to move your bin around
What if my bin gets stolen ?
Bins can be expensive to replace, we always advise out customers to take out container insurance this way you can have peace of mind no additional bills will be coming your way