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Asbestos Disposal in the UK

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Asbestos poses a great risk to human health and safety, it is counted as hazardous waste, and you could be unaware if there is asbestos in your home or business premises and not know how to deal with asbestos. Exposure to asbestos may be very dangerous under certain circumstances. Asbestos-related diseases still occur today despite the material being banned before the year 2000. This shows the threat it still poses to human health and environmental health and that we have a duty to manage asbestos safely. The following article we have put together will help you understand critical factors about asbestos and why asbestos removal is important and how we can help you with the disposal of hazardous waste, including asbestos.

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What is Asbestos and Why is Asbestos Disposal Important?

Different types of rock contain asbestos. It is most commonly found in three rock types:

  • Altered ultramafic rocks
  • Serpentinites
  • Mafic rocks


Other rocks could contain asbestos as well, such as:

  • Carbonatites
  • Metamorphosed dolostones
  • Metamorphosed iron formations
  • Alkalic intrusions


Asbestos materials were used widely in the construction industry as well as many others up until the 1990s, so they were handling asbestos without any health and safety measures. They used this asbestos containing materials because asbestos is heat resistant, strong, fireproof, and chemical resistant, so it was mixed with other materials, making identifying asbestos now quite difficult. It was a versatile material with many uses before people began to realise how dangerous the fibres in asbestos are for human health and environmental health.


What are the Different Types of Asbestos When Conducting Asbestos Disposal?


There are six types of asbestos fibres, although three are commonly used in the UK:

  • Chrysotile or white asbestos – This is the most commonly used form of asbestos. This asbestos was usually used in walls, floor tile, roofs, and ceilings. Manufacturers also used chrysotile asbestos for gaskets and boiler seals, brake linings, and asbestos insulation for ducts, pipes, and appliances. The UK banned this type of asbestos in 1999.
  • Amosite or brown asbestos – This type of asbestos was usually used in pipe insulation and cement sheets. It has also been found in ceiling tiles and floor tile, asbestos insulation such as asbestos insulating boards, and thermal insulation products.
  • Crocidolite or blue asbestos – This type of asbestos was used to insulate steam engines. It was also found in some plastics, pipe insulation, sprayed coating on materials, and asbestos cement. The UK banned this type of asbestos in 1970.


The other three types of asbestos are anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. However, the county council have said these were used in small quantities or contaminants of chrysotile asbestos. Although some types of asbestos are more dangerous than others, they are all dangerous, so waste collection and waste disposal are the best options.


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Asbestos roof


Where is Asbestos Found?

As mentioned before, asbestos is commonly found in buildings older than the year 2000. Examples of things that contain asbestos are walls, floor tile, roofs and ceilings, gaskets and boiler seals, brake linings and insulation for ducts, pipes, and appliances, spray-on coatings, and cement bonded asbestos sheeting products.

Other examples of where asbestos waste is found include:

  • Lagging – located in or on heating systems such as calorifiers or around boilers and pipework.
  • Asbestos Insulating Board – mainly used for fireproofing, but also found in lift shaft linings, partition walls, ceiling tiles, panels below windows, fireproofing panels in fire doors, and soffits.
  • Roofing Felt
  • Textiles – can be found in fuse boxes behind the actual fuse, heat-resistant gloves, and old fire blankets.
  • Composites – examples of these are bath panels, window sills, toilet cisterns, and seats.

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Who is Most at Risk From Asbestos Outside of Asbestos Disposal and Removal Related Activities?

Suppose you have worked in an industry that dealt with asbestos fibres from the 1970s to 1990s, such as construction and building work, ship-building, or insulation work. In that case, you could have been subjected to exposure to asbestos. However, there are other jobs where asbestos exposure could have been possible. High-risk occupations for exposure to asbestos include general maintenance workers, electricians, plasterers, demolition workers, building surveyors, plumbers, painters and decorators, heating and ventilation engineers, roofers, gas fitters, and many more.

You could also be exposed to asbestos if you live with a worker in the high-risk occupations mentioned above. This is because asbestos fibres can be carried on clothing, where family members could breathe them in. Other than this, it is unlikely that you would be exposed to asbestos.

People older than 65 in the UK most commonly die from asbestos-related diseases from coming into contact with asbestos waste. However, there have been younger people diagnosed due to secondhand exposure to asbestos. Men make up around 80% of people receiving mesothelioma diagnosis in the UK. Women are more commonly exposed to asbestos waste indirectly, such as coming into contact with people who worked with asbestos materials or living near asbestos factories.

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Asbestos roof prepared for asbestos disposal

What are the Health Risks of Asbestos Disposal or Removal Done Wrong?

Asbestos is a very dangerous fibre that can cause many health problems, mainly lung conditions according to medical surveillance. Non-malignant pleural disease is one health risk. This is not a cancerous condition but still poses serious health risks.

The pleural disease includes:

  • Pleural Plaques – these are calcified buildups that occur on the pleural membrane. Although they are not considered a serious health condition, they can make breathing more difficult and painful if they become thick.
  • Pleural Thickening – this is caused by lesions forming on the pleural lining.
  • Pleural Effusion – this is a collection of fluid around the lungs.


Other health conditions caused by asbestos according to medical surveillance are:

  • Asbestosis is a non-cancerous condition that results in scarring of the lungs. Asbestosis leads to chest tightness and shortness of breath because it prevents the lungs from expanding and relaxing normally.
  • Mesothelioma is a condition that forms in membranes of body cavities. There are different types of mesothelioma depending on where tumors grow in the body. Pleural mesothelioma tumors grow on the lining of the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma tumors are found in the stomach. Pericardial mesothelioma tumors form in the heart. Testicular mesothelioma tumors appear on the testes.
  • COPD – this condition stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Asbestos can increase a person’s risk of developing the condition. COPD weakens the lungs, which could cause a person to be more susceptible to other asbestos-related diseases.
  • Asbestos-related cancers include lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and laryngeal cancer.
  • Cancers linked to asbestos exposure include pharyngeal cancer, colon cancer, and stomach cancer.

These examples of medical conditions due to asbestos show why it is important to get a licensed contractor to conduct the appropriate risk assessments.

Asbestos Disposal DIY: Can I Remove Asbestos By Myself?

Asbestos collections aren’t like dealing with standard household waste such as food waste. It can be difficult identifying asbestos because it is usually mixed with other materials. Due to the dangerous nature of asbestos, specialists to deal with asbestos who can follow asbestos regulations should be contacted to test whether there is asbestos in your home or business. That is unless you commit to training to hold a license from the HSE in the UK to remove ‘lower risk’ asbestos containing materials.

It is against the law to attempt handling asbestos without a certification and asbestos training due to the extreme health risks it can cause to you and others around you, the local authority can fine you £20,000 or up to six months in prison. If asbestos products are not disturbed, they do not pose any threat. Still, suppose you think asbestos is in your home or business. In that case, you should contact a certified asbestos surveyor who can run through the asbestos essentials task sheet and get asbestos disposal contractors so they can dispose of it properly as they will have the appropriate waste carriers license.


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Asbestos disposal containers


How is Asbestos Disposal Conducted?

Asbestos falls under the Hazardous Waste Regulations, which means it requires risk assessments and a specialised cleaning crew and skip hire with site staff should be employed for the disposal of asbestos to ensure all traces of the asbestos fibres are gone. The construction waste can then be taken to recycling centres.

Precautions need to be taken in both asbestos disposal and removal. When heavy power tools are used, such as drills and saws, asbestos materials could be exposed. The area needs to be cleared before any of it is removed to avoid contamination of any furniture, clothing, or any other type of material where the asbestos fibres can settle. Everything else in the room that cannot be removed also needs to be covered entirely and double wrapped using thick polythene plastic sheeting. This double bagging essentially creates a containment area where the place will be airlocked so no asbestos fibres can escape when the asbestos removal begins. This isolation is vital when asbestos removal is taking place because of the potential for asbestos fibres escaping and not following asbestos regulations. An alert sign will be placed outside of the containment area to warn others of the asbestos containing material nearby in order to avoid the spread of fatal diseases.

The team performing the asbestos removal all have to wear protective equipment such as respirators and protective gloves, and boots at all times when in the containment area. Personal protective equipment is not necessary outside of the containment area though.

The next step is the waste disposal.  A sealed skip suitable for asbestos collections will carry the asbestos waste which has a segregated waste carriers for the asbestos fibres. This skip then transports the asbestos safely to a licensed local tip or other disposal site that accepts asbestos and a ‘Waste Consignment Note’ will be filled in and be kept for three years. This asbestos can then be recycled by the recycling centres.

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Waste Recycling Methods in Asbestos Disposal

  • Asbestos can be heated in a sodium hydroxide solution above 1,250 degrees Celsius which breaks down the asbestos. The asbestos fibres in this process produces a type of glass which is non-hazardous.
  • A microwave thermal treatment can also be used when disposing of asbestos and then the remnants of the asbestos can be used for porcelain tiles or ceramic bricks.
  • Lastly, another method is to put the asbestos waste in a high-speed mill to be processed down into inert minerals.


What Should You Expect From Inspire Waste Management when it comes to Asbestos Disposal?

By using Inspire Waste Management for our asbestos disposal services, you and your business are correctly and fully following all hazardous waste regulations. Using our services of the disposal of hazardous waste ensures you the satisfaction that your asbestos will be disposed of entirely, safely, and legally.

We are always up-to-date with the latest legislation in Britain to ensure that we can provide you with advice for your legal requirements regarding the disposal of asbestos, including the safe disposal and environmentally safe disposal (in accordance to the UK environment agency) and using personal protective equipment.


How Much Does Asbestos Disposal Cost?

Companies charge different ways, but on average, any hazardous waste, including asbestos disposal, costs between £300 for a ¼ truckload up to £1000 for a full truckload. Asbestos disposal contractors also can charge based on per ton of asbestos waste, which the cost could range from £40 – £600 per ton. Of course, different factors can change the quote given to remove the asbestos, such as:

  • The location of the asbestos waste
  • How dangerous the type of asbestos is
  • How much asbestos needs to be removed


Call 0800 002 9282 or email to contact Inspire Waste Management. We will be happy to provide you with a quote and safe asbestos disposal.

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Hazardous Waste Incineration

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At Inspire Waste, we understand the dilemma business owners have when it comes to disposing of hazardous waste through hazardous Waste Incineration specifically or other waste treatment. There are many questions around the best way to dispose of hazardous waste, especially as we’re now seeing the long-term impacts of waste that haven’t been disposed of responsibly. Understanding hazardous waste incineration and its implications on the environment, the benefits it can provide, and how it can become a lifelong solution to dispose of hazardous waste are at the heart of our solutions for your business. We’re here, so you can be secure in the knowledge your business is part of the solution, not the problem.

Introduction to Hazardous Waste Incineration

Hazardous waste comes in many forms, and its disposal of has become a major concern for the UK. Previously, much of the waste streams, around 8,000 tonnes, were transported to China for recycling or other treatment facility, but this is no longer a viable option. Much of the plastic waste disposal was contaminated with other hazardous waste, which was then incinerated by the Chinese, but they are no longer willing to take on this role in the waste collection and waste disposal chain. The UK Environment Agency is placing greater responsibility on the UK to deliver its own, more efficient, and more effective ways of disposing and burning hazardous waste materials. Inspire Waste is rising to this challenge.

Can Hazardous Waste be Incinerated?

A huge variety of hazardous waste can be incinerated safely and securely. Hazardous waste management includes some of the most well-known products which are sent for secure destruction and utilisation:

  • Medical Waste – Infectious and Radioactive
  • Clinical Waste
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceutical waste / laboratory waste
  • Pesticides
  • Commercial and Household Paints
  • Radioactive Waste


Inspire Waste uses many disposal options for waste disposal including the most difficult materials in waste hierarchy like pharmaceutical waste and radioactive waste management.

What Waste Cannot Be Incinerated?

There are some substances which cannot be incinerated at a hazardous waste incineration facility:

  • Activated Carbon – This is used in purifying public drinking water, industrial pollution control and the manufacturing processes of certain food and drinks.
  • Animal Fats – These are highly flammable and uncontrollable, which leads to further issues within an incineration plant.
  • Agrochemicals – Some specific chemicals release harmful gases when they’re exposed to high temperatures. As air pollutants, they could lead to environmental and human health consequences.


What is Hazardous Waste Incineration Plant?

The different types of hazardous waste incineration facilities ensure the full destruction of hazardous materials, so they don’t become air pollutants and contaminate soil or natural environment. The burning process is associated with lower-level emissions control of greenhouse gases and is known to eliminate poisonous gases including dioxins and furans. These toxins can travel through the air and settle on crops and water sources, such as rivers and lakes, causing irreversible contamination and disrupting the food chain for humans and animals. The incineration process allows better pollution control and reduces the reliance on the use of fossil fuels for energy production, reducing carbon emissions and damage to the wider environment.

Modern Hazardous Waste Incineration Plant Facilities

Modern Hazardous Waste Incineration Plant Facilities

The Hazardous Waste Incineration Process

Significant steps have been made around the world when it comes to incinerating hazardous materials and the continued improvement of hazardous waste incineration facilities. Countries like Germany, Denmark and the USA have reduced the solid mass of the original waste using the incineration process to provide a reliable waste to energy conversion. Inspire Waste is leading the UK into the future – reclaiming this energy thanks to development of incineration technology has become an integral part of our strategy for the management of hazardous materials disposal.

Burning Hazardous Waste

Burning hazardous waste in an incineration waste facilities can be described as giving waste the thermal treatment, ensuring these types of difficult waste are thoroughly destroyed and contained. This high-temperature incineration takes hazardous waste and changes into other substances, such as gas, heat and flue ash. These new recovered substances can create reusable energy stores for redistribution, turning them from hazardous waste into valuable resources.

High-Temperature Incineration of Hazardous Waste

Solid Waste Incinerators can reduce the overall mass and volume of waste by up to 80 and 90 % respectively. The super high temperatures, often up to 1200°C are integral to breaking down toxic compounds and protecting the atmosphere from the release of toxic materials and the release of greenhouse gas emissions. These extremely high temperatures also produce the chemical reactions needed to create new and reusable forms of electricity and material redistribution.

What’s The Difference Between Incineration And Hazardous Waste Combustion?

Hazardous waste combustion is the chemical process which includes the reaction between the hazardous substances and oxygen, which produces energy as a by-product, and is vital in a variety of industries. Incineration can be described as the destruction of something through the process of burning. The organic matter is burned to produce ash, flue gas and heat as final viable and reusable products. Incinerators reduce the reliance on fossil fuels for energy production, preserving the environment.

What Are The Types of Incinerators for Hazardous Waste?

There are 4 main incinerator plant designs which are most commonly used to incinerate hazardous waste around the world.

  • Simple Incinerator
  • Fixed or Moving Grate Incinerator
  • Rotary Kiln Incinerator
  • Fluidized Bed Incinerator


Our range of hazardous waste incineration systems are specially designed to cope with most kinds of medical and hazardous waste in the majority of climates and conditions including biological waste, chemical waste, industrial waste and radioactive waste management.

What Are The Common Health Problems Associated With Poor Waste Management?

Health problems are also a major consideration, and previously poor waste management and old incineration technology has lead to human and animal health implications which have serious consequences.

For humans, these can include:

  • Respiratory Issues, often associated with air pollution
  • Reduces the chance of biological waste contagions in the populations
  • Blood Infections and Fatalities
  • Skin Allergies and Irritations
  • Various Strains of Cancers
  • Reproductive Issues


For the wider environment, poor hazardous waste management has driven changes which have included:

  • Animal Mutations
  • Destruction of Natural Water Sources
  • Infection of crops and a mutation of the food chain for animals and humans


Which is Better Landfill or Hazardous Waste Incineration?

The recovery of energy and reduced level of greenhouse emissions makes a solid case for incinerating hazardous waste. There is also the fact that burning reduces the amount of toxins which can seep into the soil and poison the ground when they’re left to languish at a landfill site. When it comes to the decomposition of waste, the landfill sites only allow for the thorough degradation of organic waste materials which continues to accumulate over time. In turn, the landfill sites themselves are becoming overwhelmed and less environmentally friendly.

Is The incineration of Hazardous Waste Better Than Recycling?

Over the last 20 years, the UK government has introduced waste legislation to reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill and to focus on recycling as a more environmentally viable option. Incinerating hazardous waste can be seen as a part of the recycling process, as new reusable and safe supplies of energy are being created and redistributed. Incinerator operators can also redistribute materials thanks to materials recovery facilities. Materials produced through burning, such as ash, can be sent to industries such as construction, saving valuable raw resources, including fossil fuels, from being used in the process of creating new industrial waste.

How Does Incineration Help in the Management of Hazardous Waste?

The incineration of hazardous materials reduces the overall volume of the hazardous waste which imposes a detrimental effect and has long term implications for the global environment. It stops hazardous waste from seeping into natural water sources and poisoning the soil in and around landfill sites, which could affect the wider geographical area. Medical Waste Incinerators keep hazardous medical waste away from the general public, reducing the possible spread of infectious diseases into the general population. It can also be a part of energy recovery process.

What Are The Advantages of Incinerating Hazardous Waste?

There are several advantages to incinerating hazardous waste:

  • Incineration could reduce overall waste volume by up to 90%
  • In areas where landfill space is limited incineration facilities can take up the slack
  • Incineration is more hygienic when it comes to smells and pests released into the environment
  • Incineration is an alternative and reliable source of generated electricity for homes and industry
  • The ash produced can be reused in the construction industry for road building
  • Metal can be extracted from the ash and reused by Industries such as the Steel Industry
  • Incinerators reduce the reliance on fossil fuels for energy production


How many incinerators are there in the UK?

There are over 90 incinerator units across the UK. A number of North East hazardous waste incineration plants were decommissioned including Byker, South Shields, Sunderland, Tynemouth and Gateshead Incinerator. Inspire Waste is here to make sure your hazardous waste is efficiently and safely incinerated at an inspected hazardous waste incineration facility.

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Inspire Waste will responsibly dispose of your hazardous waste in a safe and reliable process through our approved incineration facilities. We understand the corporate responsibility and the implications for business owners who need to dispose of their hazardous waste safely and with complete reliability, giving you the peace of mind to concentrate on running the other areas of your business.

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Hazardous Waste Companies In The UK: Collection – Disposal – Costs

Hazardous Waste Companies UK Collection Disposal Costs

Hazardous Waste Companies UK Collection Disposal Costs

Hazardous wastes pose a greater risk to the environment and human health than non-hazardous waste and thus require a stricter control regime. We’ve put together the following article to help you understand everything your business needs to know about the hazardous waste treatment and how to deal with it.

Let’s get right to it.

What defines hazardous waste

Hazardous waste is a broader term that also encompasses items that fall into terms such as toxic waste or dangerous goods. However, to be more specific, dangerous goods, abbreviated DG, are substances that when transported are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. Certain dangerous goods that pose risks even when not being transported are known as hazardous materials (syllabically abbreviated as HAZMAT or hazmat).

In any case, hazardous waste is a waste that has substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Characteristic hazardous wastes are materials that are known or tested to exhibit one or more of the following hazardous traits:

  • Ignitability
  • Reactivity
  • Corrosivity
  • Toxicity


Hazardous waste examples mentioned below are all materials specifically listed by environmental consultancy companies and regulatory authorities as hazardous wastes which are from non-specific sources, specific sources, or discarded chemical products.

Hazardous wastes may be found in different physical states such as gaseous, liquids, or solids. Hazardous waste is a special type of household or business waste because it cannot be disposed of by common means like other by-products of our everyday lives. Depending on the physical state of the waste, treatment facility and solidification processes might be required.


What are the major categories of hazardous waste?

Hazardous materials (also applicable to dangerous goods) are divided into nine classes and further specified in several subcategories (where applicable). The basis of the hazardous waste categories is specific chemical characteristics producing the risk.

HAZMAT Class 1 Explosive materials

HAZMAT Class 1: Explosive materials

Class 1 hazardous items cover substances that pose the risk of an explosion, including explosions that may project fragments and firebrands, as well as more general fire hazards and even fireworks. Class 1 hazardous substances are not usually shipped by air and are further divided into 6 subdivisions.

Examples: Fireworks, Type E water emulsion blasting agents, bulk industrial explosives (ANFO – Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil), Lithium-Ion batteries

HAZMAT Class 2 Hazardous Gases

HAZMAT Class 2: Hazardous Gases

The hazardous gases category is divided into three subdivisions that include flammable gases, toxic gases and gases that are neither flammable nor toxic but still pose a serious risk to health such as high concentrations of helium and oxygen.

Examples: Aerosols and gas-pressured cans that are Flammable (also called combustible), Non-Flammable/Non-Poisonous, as well as Poisonous (toxic)

HAZMAT Class 3 Flammable Liquids

HAZMAT Class 3: Flammable Liquids

Class 3 hazardous waste is used, most often, for mixtures of liquids that release flammable vapours at relatively lower temperatures and have a flashpoint below 60.5 degrees Celsius (140.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

Examples: Solvents and thinners, Combustible Liquids including gasoline and fuel oils

HAZMAT Class 4 Flammable Solids

HAZMAT Class 4: Flammable Solids

Flammable solids are further divided into 3 subdivisions that include highly flammable solid materials, solids with a propensity for spontaneous incineration and substances that emit flammable gases when in contact with water (water-reactive).

Examples: hardened solvent paint but also nitrocellulose and magnesium, aluminium alkyls and white phosphorus, sodium, calcium, potassium and calcium carbide

HAZMAT Class 5 Oxidising Substances and Organic Pesticides

HAZMAT Class 5: Oxidising Substances and Organic Pesticides

This class is divided into two subdivisions and covers agents – Oxidiser and Organic Peroxides – that react with oxygen (as well as organic pesticides) and can cause or enhance the combustion of other materials.

Examples: hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, sodium nitrite, ammonium nitrate fertilisers and oxygen generators

HAZMAT Class 6 Toxic and Infectious Substances

HAZMAT Class 6: Toxic and Infectious Substances

Class 6 is divided into two subdivisions: poisonous materials and biohazards. In general Class 6 are all materials (except for hazardous gases classed 2) known to be so toxic to humans that it presents a health hazard during transportation.

Examples: medical and biomedical waste, clinical waste, biological cultures, samples and specimens; also, tear gas substances and dyes

HAZMAT Class 7 Radioactive materials

HAZMAT Class 7: Radioactive Materials

Class 7 hazardous waste covers any materials containing radionuclides where both the activity concentration and the total activity in the consignment exceed the values specified in the ONR (Office for Nuclear Regulation) protocols.

In general, all Class 7 radioactive materials will have a specific activity greater than 70 becquerels per kilogram.

Examples: radioactive ores, medical isotopes, yellowcake, density gauges, mixed fission products, surface contaminated objects

HAZMAT Class 8 Corrosive materials

HAZMAT Class 8: Corrosive Materials

Class 8 hazardous waste involves corrosive liquids and solids that will cause severe damage when in contact with human tissue. Corrosive materials also include liquids prone to cause any physical damage and destruction to the environment in the case of leakage.

Examples: Corrosive items include battery acids, sulfuric acid, mercury and ammonia

HAZMAT Class 9 Miscellaneous

HAZMAT Class 9: Miscellaneous

Class 9 is for all dangerous items that do not fit one of the definitions listed in Class 1 through Class 8. These include substances that may pose a hazard during transportation. A new sub-class, class 9A, has been in effect since January 1, 2017. This is limited to the labelling of the transport of lithium batteries.

Examples: Class 9 most often includes items with anaesthetic properties, solid dry ice, asbestos, life rafts and chain saws, most cleaning products such as bleach, detergents and vehicle washing agents


The difference between hazardous and non-hazardous waste

All waste – household waste included – is regulated but different actions are required depending on the type and material. As a responsible citizen or a business owner, it is important to be able to define the difference between these two types of wastes to ensure storage and disposal requirements are met and undue damage is not done to other people or the environment (e.g. battery disposal, or electrical equipment scrapping).

The classification into hazardous and non-hazardous waste is based on the system for the classification and labelling of dangerous substances and materials, which ensures the consistency of applying safety protocols over the whole life cycle of products and goods. Waste generators that are hazardous pose a greater risk to the environment and human health than non-hazardous waste and thus require a stricter control regime, specific waste containers, packaging compliance and carefully thought out waste disposal processes (


Problems with hazardous waste disposal

Disposal of hazardous waste

Historically, some hazardous wastes were mostly a producer responsibility and disposed of in regular landfills. Increased need for industrial cleaning and commercial waste generation resulted in unfavourable amounts of hazardous materials seeping into the ground. The chemical waste eventually entered to natural hydrologic systems and became an environmental responsibility. Many landfills, wether it deals with plastic recycling, electrical equipment and battery disposal (WEEE recycling) or even food waste now require countermeasures against groundwater contamination. For example, a barrier has to be installed along the foundation of the landfill to contain the hazardous chemical substances (or radioactive waste) that may remain in the disposed waste.

Currently, volume hazardous waste must often be stabilised (especially in the case of radioactive waste management) and solidified in order to enter a landfill. Companies that generate hazardous waste hire companies like Inspire Waste Management to help with different treatments (e.g. temperature incineration) in order to stabilise and dispose of them, or recycle and reuse them. Since many onsite waste materials could be put into use again, and reduce environmental impact. For example, most flammable materials can be recycled into industrial fuel. Some materials with hazardous constituents can be recycled, such as lead-acid batteries.



How Do You Dispose Of Hazardous Waste?

Fortunately, it is possible to recycle many hazardous materials to reduce the amount of onsite waste that ends up in landfills. According to experts, the following hazardous items can be recycled: “Fluorescent tube and light bulbs, glues and adhesives, cleaning fluids, oil-based paints, garden chemicals, batteries, propane and butane tanks, and automobile fluids.” Many recycling centres accept certain types of hazardous waste, so if you have a commercial waste stream generating specific waste (like sharps waste or clinical waste) make sure to contact Inspire Waste as we partner with the majority of local recycling facilities across the United Kingdom.

Hazardous Waste Spill

Emergency spill response occurs during a hazardous substance spillage that is greater than 1 litre, involving a toxic or reactive compound, presenting a fire or environmental hazard, or requiring additional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment – e.g. a respirator), a presence of a mobile chemist and specialised training to properly clean up.

If you’re in the risk of having a hazardous waste spill or chemical emergency please reach out to discuss the issue as the chemical spill can only be properly cleaned by trained personnel (a mobile chemist) using appropriate waste containers, ensuring packaging compliance and applying PPE (e.g. respirator, chemical-resistant suit, hazmat suit) (


Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Pharmaceutical Waste Solutions

Pharmaceutical waste is any waste which contains medicinal drugs that are expired, unused, contaminated, damaged or no longer needed, such as sharps waste, chemical waste and biohazards.

We collect and dispose of all pharmaceutical waste type materials containing outdated pharmaceuticals and recalled pharmaceutical stock, chemical kits for controlled drugs destruction, or even cytostatic and cytotoxic waste.

If pharmaceutical waste is not stored and disposed of correctly in a treatment facility, it can generate hazardous waste and prove to be extremely harmful to the environment along with human and animal health.

Contact the experts today on 0800 211 8390 we collect all types of pharmaceutical waste from all locations in the UK.


Hazardous Waste in the Construction Industry

Disposing of Your Construction Waste

If you determine that certain materials cannot be reduced or reused, then your remaining options are to recycle (e.g. solvent recycling) or dispose of them. The most practical and effective construction waste disposal method is a skip hire from a waste removal company such as Inspire Waste Management. You should ensure that you focus on a volume hazardous waste collection and hire the necessary number of skips to separate recycling and waste, as well as hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

You also need to create a classification description and waste transfer notes before you send off waste for recycling or disposal.

As a rule of thumb, the waste management hierarchy is as follows:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Dispose


Taking proactive steps is the best way to meet the hierarchy: facilities manag. or a designated person should carry out a site waste management audit to determine what amount of business waste you generate and how; whether you need emergency spill response procedures in place, and what type of hazardous waste treatment is the requirement.


Typical materials and waste streams from construction sites that fall within the Hazardous Waste Regulations and needs specialised industrial cleaning crew include:

  • Asbestos
  • Treated wood, glass, plastic (alone or in mixtures) containing dangerous substances
  • Bituminous mixtures containing coal tar and tar products
  • Metals containing dangerous substances
  • Cables containing oil, coal tar and other dangerous substances
  • Rubble or hardcore containing dangerous substances
  • Soil, stones and dredging spoil containing dangerous substances
  • Gypsum materials such as plasterboard containing hazardous materials
  • Un-used or un-set cement
  • Paints and varnishes containing organic solvents or other dangerous substances
  • Paint or varnish remover
  • Adhesives and sealants containing organic solvents or other dangerous substances
  • Empty packaging contaminated with residues of dangerous substances – e.g. paint cans, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and drums


To help you dispose of waste suitably and safely on construction, demolition, or excavation site, contact us and we will provide you with an overview of how to follow a correct industrial cleaning process and hazardous waste costs involved.


Hazardous waste incineration – a quick note

Incineration of hazardous waste is one of the most efficient methods of many types of waste management. No other form of hazardous waste disposal has matched its efficiency at volume reduction, and the permanent destruction of organic wastes.

That convenience may come at a price, as questions and concerns continue to surround the potential human health impacts, environmental responsibility and ecosystem effects caused by temperature incineration (

Incineration and other high-temperature waste treatment systems are described as “thermal treatment” or “temperature incineration”. Incinerators reduce the solid mass of the original waste by 80%-85% and the volume (already compressed somewhat in garbage trucks) by 95%-96%, depending on composition and degree of recovery of materials such as metals from the ash for recycling.

This means that while incineration does not completely replace landfilling, it significantly reduces the necessary volume for disposal (

As a fully compliant waste incineration service provider, we can provide free waste assessments and audits to understand your precise needs – whether it is plastic recycling, food waste, confidential waste or more broadly hazardous waste management.


Hazardous Waste Companies – What Should You Expect?

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Using Inspire Waste Management hazardous waste collection, recycling and disposal service means that you and your business are fully compliant with all relevant and applicable hazardous waste regulations. Giving you peace of mind that all your hazardous waste is being disposed of correctly, safely and legally.

Our technical team is staffed by fully qualified specialists (e.g. mobile chemists), who are knowledgeable and experienced in the classification, handling, management and disposal of most types of hazardous waste. We are always up-to-date with the latest British and European legislation and can provide advice on your legal requirements for all waste types. This will not only ensure legal Government compliance for the collection, treatment and disposal of your hazardous wastes, but also environmental consultancy.

Inspire Waste Management collections are fully compliant and certified CarbonNeutral®. The certification is awarded by Natural Capital Partners and means that each time one of our waste vehicles collects business waste from you, the journey doesn’t impact on your carbon footprint.

We operate our own fleet of dedicated specialist collection vehicles and ADR (Carriage of Dangerous Goods Certified) trained drivers, in addition to our industry leading waste transfer stations, as well as treatment and disposal facilities.

Call us now and our expert nationwide waste collection team will guide you through the complexities of hazardous waste management.


Hazardous Waste Disposal Cost

If the organisation you work for regularly creates harmful waste, a recurring waste management solution is essential in dealing with the waste effectively and keeping the costs down. However, for a one-off disposal service, the cost will be based on how much waste fills the removal truck. Therefore, the average hazardous waste disposal cost is between £300 (for ¼ of truckload) to £1000 (for a full truckload). However, contractors may also charge on a per ton basis and on average, the commercial hazardous waste disposal cost will range between £40 – £600 per ton.

Inevitably, a number of factors will influence the quote given to remove the hazardous waste from your property.

This includes:

  • The volume of waste;
  • How dangerous it is;
  • Where the waste is located.


Prices will naturally always be a key driver for small businesses. Call 0800 002 9282 to connect with Inspire Waste professionals who can provide a quote and safely remove the harmful waste from your premises.

Top tip: If your site requires a regular hazardous waste collection, seek quotes for ongoing waste management solutions, as these will likely be cheaper than one-off pricing.


What are the 5 simple steps to dispose of hazardous business waste?


If you’re looking to dispose of hazardous business waste, you must ensure that you operate within the law and protect the public and the environment.

Though regulations can be complex, the potential legal consequences of breaching them are severe. The most serious breaches face fines running into hundreds of thousands of pounds and criminal charges.

Here are our five simple steps to dealing with your hazardous waste correctly…


  1. Identify whether you have hazardous waste and classify it correctly.

You’ll firstly need to decide if your waste is hazardous or non-hazardous. Examples of hazardous waste include batteries, asbestos, chemicals, solvents, non-edible oils, pesticides, and items containing substances which deplete the ozone layer, such as fridges. It also includes waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

It’s illegal to mix hazardous and non-hazardous waste, so these must be stored separately.

Then, you’ll need to classify your waste.

Each different waste classification has a code that must be used in correspondence and documentation, and each different class of waste must be handled in a specific way, so getting the classification right is vital.

There are different classifications for chemical waste, waste motor oils, and electronic or electric waste, for example, and different rules about how they should be handled.

Taking the construction industry as an example, here are some of the classifications building waste might need.

The simplest way to get through this step is to retain the services of a waste consultant, like our experts at Inspire Waste Management. They keep abreast of all the latest regulations and understand the classification process.


  1. Ensure it is stored in accordance with the hazardous waste regulations.

Each hazardous substance must be stored separately. You must not mix them.

Different categories will have different storage rules. For example, asbestos must be stored in sealed containers and certain chemicals must be stored at the right temperature to avoid combustion.

All hazardous waste must be stored so that it doesn’t pose a threat to public health or the environment, even if that threat isn’t immediate. So, chemicals and leachate must not be able to seep into local watercourses.


  1. Find an authorised business to transport and process your waste.

Your waste carrier and processer must be registered with the relevant authority. In England, that’s the Environment Agency.

They must be licensed to carry or process hazardous waste, so you should ask them for proof of that license. You have a duty of care as a business to ensure your waste is handled properly, or you could face a substantial fine.

Experienced waste management companies like ours know the right processing centers for your waste and ensure you have all the correct paperwork.


  1. Ensure your consignment note is filled in correctly.

When you send your waste for processing, it will need to have a consignment note which shows the origin of the waste, how it is being stored, its categorisation, the carrier moving it, and its destination.

Filling in these consignment notes correctly is vital. If mistakes are made, the processing center may refuse to accept your waste and it may have to be returned.


  1. Make sure your records are kept correctly.

If there is a problem regarding your hazardous waste and a subsequent investigation, the authorities will be looking to see how your business handled its duties under the regulations.

You’ll need proof that you stored your waste correctly, selected a reputable, licensed waste carrier, and that the waste was destined for a licensed facility.

Maintaining an audit trail of paperwork is an important way for your business to protect itself from potential legal action.


Do you need help disposing of hazardous business waste? If you need the advice of our experienced waste consultants call our Inspire Waste team on 0800 002 9282.

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Does your business need hazardous waste collections? It does if the waste contains oily rags, solvent-based paints, oils, or contaminated paint filters

Think your business doesn’t need hazardous waste collections? It may be time to think again.

The strict regulations which cover this type of waste don’t just include drums of chemicals or electrical and electronic items.

Hazardous waste collections are needed for waste paint containing organic solvents, waste paint, and varnish remover, contaminated paint filters, waste adhesives and sealants containing solvents, waste engine oils, and waste diesel, petrol, and brake fluid.

Some of the businesses which produce these items include:

  • Garages and body shops
  • Upcyclers and furniture restorers
  • Manufacturers
  • Painters and decorators
  • Flooring companies
  • Construction companies
  • Plumbers and tilers

What do government regulations say about hazardous waste collections?

Your business has a duty of care to the environment, your staff, and the public under the hazardous waste regulations.

Hazardous waste must be classified correctly, stored appropriately and safely, and you must use a licensed carrier to transport the waste to a licensed treatment facility.

You must have the correct information about the source of the waste and its destination on its consignment note, too.

Businesses that contravene these regulations face substantial fines.

Sentencing guidelines for the majority of environmental offenses were strengthened by guidance issued in 2014.

Fines can now be over £20 million for the most serious offenses involving large companies. For smaller businesses with less serious offences, a fine could still be in the tens of thousands of pounds.

Read more about the hazardous waste regulations.

How can an experienced waste transfer company help you?

Experienced waste transfer businesses, such as Inspire Waste Management, help you navigate the complex regulations surrounding hazardous waste and keep your business on the right side of the law.

Our waste management consultants, who are always on top of the latest changes to the regulations, can audit your business and help you find the right solutions.

We’ll help you categorize your waste correctly, store it properly, and send it to the right facility.

We’ll also ensure your consignment notes are accurate.

Our clients receive all the paperwork they need to create an audit trail to show their waste is being handled correctly.

Here are some useful questions to ask a prospective waste transfer company:

  1. What ISO accreditations do you hold? Inspire Waste holds ISO 9001, 14001, and 27001. They show the highest standards in quality management, environmental management, and information security management.
  2. Are you a licensed carrier under hazardous waste regulations? Any unlicensed carrier is breaching those regulations, so ensure you see their licence.
  3. What facilities will you use to dispose of the waste? You need to ensure they take the waste to a properly licensed facility.

Do you need hazardous waste collections or advice about the Waste Regulations 2011 (England & Wales)? Call our friendly Inspire Waste team on 0800 002 9282.

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Why is it so important that my business gets hazardous waste removal right?

hazardous waste removalMillions of tonnes of hazardous waste are produced in the UK every year, so it’s vital that any business deals with its hazardous waste removal correctly.

The latest figures show that, in 2014, 4.3 million tonnes of hazardous waste was produced in the UK. Of that, 1.9 million tonnes was categorized as commercial and industrial, 1.2 million tonnes as household, and 700,000 tonnes as from construction, demolition, and excavation.

The regulations surrounding hazardous waste removal are complicated, but businesses ignore them at their peril.

Doing so can be hugely costly.

Your business needs to know it has followed the rules right the way along the chain of hazardous waste transfer and disposal.

A legal firm which researched the average fine per prosecution brought against businesses by the government’s Environment Agency showed it has increased six-fold over the past five years.

In 2013/14, the average fine imposed on a company was £23,731. In 2017/18, the average fine was £147,575.

The penalties for the majority of environmental offences were strengthened by sentencing guidance in 2014. Now, fines can be in excess of £20 million for the most serious offences involving large companies.

Any prosecution can be devastating whether your business is an SME or a large company.

For example, in 2017, a quarry company was ordered to pay £17,000 compensation to a farmer and £26,500 in fines and costs for breaching the hazardous waste legislation after waste containing asbestos was found dumped on a farm.

A Hertfordshire waste company was fined more than £500,000 this year for illegally storing thousands of tonnes of hazardous, potentially combustible waste. The Environment agency had ordered it to be moved to a permitted site, some were moved to another illegal site and some which went to a permitted site had inadequate waste transfer notes.

A company director was also ordered to complete 180 hours of community work. The Environment Agency estimated clean-up costs at £1.9 million.

If the waste transported is a risk to human health, businesses could also face costly civil claims from anyone affected by it.


What do you need to know about hazardous waste removal?

Your business needs to protect itself from prosecution, ensure you’re not polluting the environment, and ensure you’re not putting people’s health at risk. So you need to think about these subjects:

  • How your waste is categorised – Waste must be correctly categorised before it is sent for disposal so that you handle it correctly. Find out more here.
  • How it should be transported – What kind of vehicle must be used? A closed skip must be used to transport asbestos, for example, while tankers are needed for chemicals or slurry.
  • How to write a transfer note for it – This can be a complicated process as you need to note the source and category of waste.
  • Where it should end up – Different waste types, electrical waste items, chemicals, asbestos, or batteries, for example, need different facilities registered to handle them.
  • Whether your hazardous waste removal company is correctly registered – Carriers who don’t comply face a fine of up to £5,000 and businesses which use them could also face legal action.


How do I choose the right waste management company for my hazardous waste?

You need a company with a successful track record in hazardous waste removal, such as Inspire Waste Management. They will understand the complex regulations and will carry out disposal correctly.


Do you need advice on hazardous waste from our Inspire Waste Management team? Contact us on 0800 002 9282.

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Need help with solvent paints disposal ? Read our handy guide…

solvent paints disposalMany businesses have left-over paint, coatings, or varnishes from refurbishments or expansion projects and need help with solvent paints disposal.

So, we decided to put together a useful guide with all the questions you’ll need to ask about how to handle the waste.

Solvent-based paint is often used on metal equipment, metal walkways, metal doors, and railings, and is especially useful for protecting steel structures. However, if you have waste, here’s what you need to know about solvent paints disposal…


Q: Why is solvent-based paint used?

A: Solvents are used to disperse paint pigments and when they dry, they leave the pigment and oxidized oil, forming a hard film. This makes the painted surface durable.


Q: What is the difference between water-based and solvent-based paint?

A: Solvent-based paint is often referred to as oil-based or alkyd, and it contains a higher level of organic compounds that water-based paint. When the solvents evaporate, they release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). They have a strong odour and a toxic impact on the environment, which is why the correct solvent paint disposal is vital.


Q: Can epoxy coatings and resins also use solvents?

A: Yes they can. They are popular in industry because they give a quick-drying, tough and protective coating to concrete floors and metal structures which resists water, acid, and alkali.


Q; How could solvent paints disposal affect my health?

A: Solvents can get into the body by breathing in vapours or fumes or if they come into contact with your skin. They can cause eye irritation, lung irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness, light-headedness, and dermatitis. So, waste solvent-based paints need to be handled carefully and correctly and dealt with by experienced professionals.


Q: Are they considered hazardous waste?

A: Yes, solvent-based paints are a hazard and must be stored, classified, and transported according to the hazardous waste regulationsfrom the Environment Agency. That means your business has a legal duty to comply with the regulations, ensuring your waste is transferred by a licensed company and sent to a licensed facility for disposal or recycling. Failure to do so can result in a substantial fine.


Q: Why is classifying the waste important?

A: It will help you decide how to store it and deal with it, and it will help your waste handlers manage it. You must give them correctly filled-in paperwork as part of your business’s duty of care to people and the environment.


Q: Where can I find guidance on classifying the waste?

A: The Environment Agency has a guide to construction and demolition waste which includes paints and varnishes. Access it here.


Q: How do I choose the right waste management company for my solvent paints disposal?

A: Choose a company with a track record in successfully dealing with hazardous waste, such as Inspire Waste Management. They will understand the complex rules associated with it and help you ensure your solvent paints disposal is carried out correctly.


Do you need advice from our Inspire Waste Management team? Contact uson 0800 002 9282.

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Why are regulations dealing with hazardous waste so strict – and why should my business comply with them?

Hazardous Waste In 2016, strict regulations came into force which ensured hazardous waste was properly categorised and dealt with in the correct manner.

The responsibilities for each producer, carrier, and consignee (the end receiver) of hazardous waste were made clear.

There also has to be a detailed note of how the waste was produced, a chemical and physical analysis of it, and it should be classified according to the List of Waste or European Waste Catalogue.

Hazardous and non-hazardous waste should not be mixed. Discover more guidance from the UK Government here.

The most commonly-produced hazardous materials include:

  • Propane – often used as a fuel
  • Sulfuric acid – often used in the production of fertilisers, cleaning agents, and in oil manufacturing
  • Asbestos – often discovered during demolitions and renovations of old buildings
  • Carbon dioxide – often used to chill or freeze food
  • Solvents – used in the production process in several industries
  • Argon – often used to produce lightbulbs
  • Non-edible oils – such as car oil
  • Pesticides – often used in farming
  • Chlorine – often used in water purification, swimming pools, and bleaches
  • LPG – often used in refrigeration and as a fuel
  • Electronic waste and batteries – containing heavy metals, battery acid, and other hazards

More than 5 million tonnes of hazardous waste is produced every year in the UK and in recent years, that figure has been growing by around 8% per annum.

This waste is a hazard to human health and to our environment, which is why regulations are stringent and compliance with them is so important.


So, what are the risks?

The risks depend on the type of waste.

People could find themselves with severe injuries such as burns or frostbite or asphyxiation from carbon dioxide, for example.

Sulfuric acid can cause severe burns and severe lung damage if it is inhaled, asbestos can cause cancers such as mesothelioma, argon can cause tissue damage, and incorrectly-stored LPG could cause a major explosion.

There is a risk that hazardous waste could pollute the water table and have a hugely detrimental effect on the environment – from plants and trees to wildlife.

The aim of the categorisation process has been to ensure waste is handled and processed correctly to reduce that risk to people and the planet.

Any business which fails to comply with the rules could find itself being taken to court, facing the prospect of hefty fines and clear-up costs.

Any injury to a staff member or member of the public could also result in a substantial claim for damages.

Alongside the financial damage, the reputational damage to a business can also be huge.


How do I choose the right waste management company for my business?

Look for a company with consultants with a track record in dealing with hazardous waste, such as Inspire Waste Management. They will understand the complex rules associated with it and help you ensure your waste is correctly categorised.


Do you need advice from our Inspire Waste Management team? Contact us on 0800 002 9282.



Is asbestos a headache on your construction project? It’s time to call in the experts

Developers and builders know that any project which involves asbestos means they need to act with great caution.

Any waste which has 0.1% asbestos is covered by stringent regulations.

Breathing in asbestos fibres, which can cause lung cancer and the fatal lung disease, asbestosis, is dangerous to their employees and the general public – and all businesses have a legal duty of care to protect both from harm.

Anyone coming into contact with asbestos in work must also be trained to deal with it safely and comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

The Health and Safety Executive has issued guidelines which say asbestos waste must be packed in UN-approved packaging.  A CDG hazard label and information about the asbestos code must be visible.

Asbestos should be double-wrapped and labelled. The HSE advises using a red inner bag with asbestos warnings, and a clear outer bag with the CDG label.

It says large pieces should not be broken up, instead they should be double-wrapped in 1000-gauge polythene sheeting and labelled.

Asbestos is also covered by the hazardous waste regulations, which means that removing and transporting it is governed by strict regulations.

You must classify it, that includes describing its chemical make-up and how it was produced, and you cannot mix it with non-hazardous waste, or different types of hazardous waste

It must be transported by someone with a waste carrier’s licence in a sealed skip or a vehicle with a segregated compartment.

It must also be taken to a suitably licensed waste disposal site

You need a consignment note to transport any commercial hazardous waste, including moving it between your own sites. That also includes removal by registered waste carriers.

Any site accepting hazardous waste without a consignment note, or an incomplete one, may be committing an offence.

You need to keep a copy of the consignment note for three years.


How do you choose the right registered waste carrier?


Check on their registration– Ensure the carrier is registered with the proper authorities. In England, that’s the Environment Agency, in Wales, Natural Resources Wales, in Scotland, it’s the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, in Northern Ireland it’s the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs.


Check on their experience– Have they transported asbestos waste before? Do they understand all the regulations surrounding it, and the implications of the 2012 Act? Can they put you in touch with companies for whom they have worked in the past?


Check on the end destination– Choose the suitable end destination yourself or ensure your carrier is taking the asbestos waste to a facility which has the correct licence. If a consignment is turned away by a facility, you could find it coming back to your site and the process of waste removal could end up being more time-consuming and costly than you imagined.

Do you need advice from our experts in transporting with asbestos at Inspire Waste Management? Call us on 0800 002 9282. Our waste consultants will also help you plan your removal project before you begin.

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How is your farm dealing with its hazardous waste? Is it time to call in the experts?

hazardous wasteWhen we hear the words ‘hazardous waste’, we don’t often associate them with farms.

However, several substances used on farms – or produced by them – could be categorised as hazardous.

Tightened regulations mean that farms need waste handlers to help them dispose of several categories of waste such as plastics and oils.

In fact, an estimated 135,500 tonnes of agricultural plastic waste is produced annually in the UK.


Farms produce non-natural waste including:

  • Used syringes and needles for animal treatment, and unused medications
  • Plastics, bags, and sheets
  • Asbestos from farm buildings
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Old farm machinery
  • Oils
  • Discarded pesticide cans

They also produce natural waste including slurry and manure. One survey found that slurry and manure was 93% of all agricultural waste, 43 million tonnes in one year.

The banning of unlicensed farm tips and burning waste in the open changed the way farmers dealt with hazardous waste forever.

Instead, it must now be dealt with under these pieces of legislation:

  • Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 in England and Wales
  • Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 in Scotland
  • Hazardous Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 in Northern Ireland

That means they must either send or take their waste to licensed sites, register an exemption with the appropriate regulatory body to recycle waste on the farm, or apply to a regulatory body for a licence to continue waste disposal on the farm.


So, what is hazardous waste?

It’s waste which is harmful to the environment or humans and that may be chemicals, batteries, asbestos, solvents, oils, or pesticides.

Every business – including farms – has a legal duty of care to ensure the hazardous waste it produces or deals with does not cause harm to people or the environment.

Hazardous waste must be categorised correctly and it must not be mixed with non-hazardous waste. Hereis the official government guide.

Anyone transporting it must have the correct licence and the waste classification code which details the name of the substances, where it was produced, a report of its chemical analysis, a description of how the waste was produced, and any special problems or knowledge about it.


Why choose an experienced carrier?

Carriers such as Inspire Waste have experience of dealing with the complex rules surrounding hazardous waste. It’s easy to get on the wrong side of the law by failing to comply with regulations.

Inspire Waste ensures its clients have the correct certifications, comply with the law, and contractors used are audited properly.

We understand how busy farmers are raising stock and producing crops. Our services including tankers, skips, and dealing with waste certification and transport, help them concentrate on their core business.


Need some advice on farm waste disposal? Call our friendly team on 0191 6824142 about our services.