Every business produces hazardous waste. Even the most well-used office stationery such as adhesives, batteries, printer inks and toners, waste electrical and electronic equipment and aerosols are all defined as hazardous waste and could be harmful to human health if not dealt with in the right way.
Other hazardous waste examples which are more usual in a manufacturing or industrial environment include caustic soda, acid descalers, cleaning chemicals, drummed and tinned oils (except edible ones), fluorescent light tubes and sodium bulbs, fridges and freezers, gas cylinders, oil filters, paints, pesticides, photo chemicals and resins – even contaminated rags and wipes must all be dealt with correctly through a proper hazardous waste management scheme, or your business could incur hefty fines.
The definition of hazardous waste is any waste that may be harmful to human health, the environment or both. Waste is considered to be hazardous when it contains substances or has properties that make it caustic, carcinogenic, corrosive, ecotoxic, flammable, harmful, infectious, irritant, mutagenic, toxic or an oxidising agent.
Hazardous waste collection, recycling and disposal
Using Grundon’s 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 and legally.
Our technical team is staffed by fully qualified 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 UK and European legislation and can provide advice on your legal requirements for all hazardous waste types. This will not only ensure legal compliance for the collection, treatment and disposal of your hazardous wastes, but also environmental protection.
Grundon’s collections are fully compliant and certified CarbonNeutral®. The certification is awarded by Natural Capital Partners and means that every time one of our vehicles collects 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 treatment and disposal facilities.
Cost effective, compliant and rigorous
Grundon’s hazardous waste management service is cost effective, compliant and rigorous. We accept all types of hazardous waste (including materials that are caustic, carcinogenic, corrosive, ecotoxic, flammable, harmful, infectious, irritant, mutagenic, toxic or an oxidising agent).
Our experienced and knowledgeable team of experts will guide you through the complexities of hazardous waste management.
All hazardous waste is collected using our specialised fleet of collection vehicles and treated at our industry-leading, treatment facilities which meet all UK legislative requirements.
Any waste that may be harmful to human health, the environment or both. Waste is considered to be hazardous when it contains substances or has properties that make it caustic, carcinogenic, corrosive, ecotoxic, flammable, harmful, infectious, irritant, mutagenic, toxic or an oxidising agent.
Hazardous waste needs special treatment because of its potential to harm people, the environment or both. The management of hazardous waste, including its collection, recycling and disposal, is subject to increasingly stringent and rigorous regulations – namely the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005.
In practice, it means that the management, collection, treatment and disposal of your hazardous waste is a job for expert professional operators, such as Grundon which has the right technical and practical experience, expertise and resources.
You could end up fighting a prosecution from the Government’s Environment Agency. Fines can run into the tens of thousands of pounds and cost similar figures in legal fees and time spent out of the business in fighting a prosecution. Those who ignore environmental laws can cause serious pollution to the environment, put communities at risk and undermine legitimate business.
The best way to ensure that you remain fully compliant with all hazardous waste legislation is to employ the services of a waste management that will provide you with their expertise and knowledge.
At Grundon, we employ a highly-qualified team of Chem-Pack chemists and hazardous waste management specialists who are experts in determining the most suitable treatment and recovery process for each type of waste.
Once collected, hazardous waste is taken to our Hazardous Waste Transfer Station, where every effort is made to push materials up the waste hierarchy. Our in-house expertise ensures that as many different materials are recovered, recycled, reprocessed or sent for energy recovery.