What to look for in a waste management company

At a time when we have more awareness than ever about the effects the human race is having on the environment, it is crucial we all do our bit – if not for our own benefit, but for future generations. In an ideal world businesses wouldn’t produce any hazardous waste. But in a bid to provide the next best option, at North West Waste Consultants we have offered environmentally friendly commercial waste removal since 2009. We cater to a range of industries including construction, food and manufacturing. We offer a huge range of services, ranging from finished goods destruction to chemical waste management to scrap metal recycling. We strive to dispose of materials which are typically  difficult to recycle and are instead sent to the landfill, such as contaminated plastics, disposing it via a waste to energy route. With ever-increasing landfill prices, we strive to reduce landfill and general waste costs – ensuring higher rebates are paid for recyclables and food waste. Each of our bespoke programs is designed to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill. Honouring our commitment to preserving the environment, our goal is to achieve zero waste within 12 months. Our business waste collection is trusted by many internationally renowned clients, including Scott Safety and Kensey Foods. Before we get started, each site visited will receive a full, comprehensive waste audit. We will then provide you with a free report on how to best reduce business and trade waste to help you fulfil your waste disposal obligations. Each business will receive a carefully tailored waste management plan to help you best move forward. We have many smaller services available including skip here, which has proven so successful it has expanded nationally. North West Waste Consultancy is the industrial waste disposal company who cares about the bigger picture. Whether you’re hoping to reduce the 1.3 billion tonnes of global food waste every year or the 90% of construction waste that goes to landfills, we can help make your business more environmentally friendly. For a no obligations quote, please get in touch.

The Modern Rules Of Waste Management

The starting point for any discussion about waste management has to be any legislation that has changed the industry. Perhaps most crucial, is the EU Waste Framework Directive, which came into force in December 2008. EU directives have provided long-term vision and guidance for waste management in the UK, particularly in terms of recycling and environmental risks and hazards. Indeed, the EU directives require all EU member states to prevent or reduce waste products and encourage the recovery of waste by recycling, reuse or reclamation where possible. Other legislation that businesses should be aware of are: But what is waste? Waste is defined as:
A material is considered to be waste when the producer or holder discards it, intends to discard it, or is required to discard it.
Businesses must be contracted to a registered waste carrier to collect their waste; these registered carriers must be registered with the Environment Agency – and it is the responsibility of the business to ensure that those who remove waste, have the authority to do so. Registered waste carriers will issue a Waste Carrier Note, which businesses must keep for two year – it is essential that these are kept, as local councils can legal ask to show these – failure to do so can lead to an unlimited fine. If your business deals with food, it is essential to know the rules on this, as there are strict rules on animal by-products and other potentially dangerous contaminants. Other forms of waste maybe hazardous too – if it contains things such as batteries, solvents, chemicals, oils or pesticides – then this may need to be disposed of through special means, due to the environment damage or contamination that it can cause. Check here for more information. Electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) waste, is another major problem for businesses in the modern world. This is complex due to the many components that they contain, and not only do they do not biodegrade, but they can also contain contaminants – things like printer ink, or cathode ray tubes, for example.   Much of can be repurposed, when using specialist WEEE waste experts. For more information on this, and to check on what types of waste this is and how to go about disposing of it – check here. Waste management can be a major headache for any firm, but with some research and a logical approach – it can help businesses save money and help the environment.

Top 4 Reason to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Correctly

OK, so what is hazardous waste? Hazardous waste materials such as paint, solvents, oil, pesticides, detergents, chemicals and batteries, are unwanted materials that can have life and environmentally-threatening consequences! There are different disposal methods which offer suitability for safely recycling these materials, in a way that preserves the environment and doesn’t cause any implications for wildlife either. Did you know that you are responsible for separating your hazardous waste from your general waste? Discover everything you need to know about safe hazardous waste disposal here!

Hazardous Waste in Schools

When we think of hazardous waste environments, schools are not the first that come to mind. Yet, like any other environments where people work and go about their day-to-day activities, schools produce waste products that can be harmful to human health – and therefore must be disposed of accordingly. High schools usually have greater pupil numbers and more sophisticated subjects for children to study, which means the greater the chance for hazardous waste to be created. Nevertheless, primary schools should be aware of products that are potential harmful. Science laboratories and departments often have stocks of harmful substances used to demonstrate the basic functions of chemistry and chemical reaction – careful disposal for this type of waste is essential. Flammable liquids, oxidizers, reactives and toxics are all commonly found in school labs, and should be labelled and identified correctly under COSHH regulations. In print and art workshops commonly found chemicals include developers, fixers and dyes, as well as petroleum-based inks. In wood and metal workshops for industrial design subjects, degreasing solvents and Polyurethane sealers are used. Paint and other solvent-based coating materials might also be found on-site at schools, and should be risk assessed for storage, use and disposal. These are extremely hazardous to health and their disposal treated with care. Some examples are paint thinners, adhesives and oil-based paint. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) can pose another significant hazard: most schools now rely on electrical equipment as an educational aid, and the disposal of this should not be underestimated – there are regulations governing this type of disposal – and it can mean virtually anything with a battery or plug. Similarly, fluorescent tubes and bulbs are also extremely common in both primary and high schools and are classed as a hazard. Used materials should be stored in a special container until they are collected by a licensed waste collector. Oils used for cooking by catering staff at primary and secondary schools are also a problematic and hazardous waste, and all waste should be sealed and taken away by the authorised waste management collectors. Those supervising dangerous or hazardous chemicals in schools are advised to regularly do an inventory of substances and potential hazards, particularly if they have an expiry or use-by date. This will minimise risk, and help those who collect hazardous waste to dispose of it correctly and efficiently.

Hazardous Waste Storage/Removal

Hazardous waste materials such as paint, solvents, oil, pesticides, detergents, chemicals and batteries, are unwanted materials that can have life and environmentally-threatening consequences! There are different disposal methods which offer suitability for safely recycling these materials in the safest and correct manner. Did you know that you are responsible for separating your hazardous waste from your general waste? Discover everything you need to know about safe hazardous waste disposal here! Storing hazardous waste When storing hazardous materials, it’s essential that you use specialised equipment – whether it’s a container or a drum – you have the responsibility of keeping the waste secured and locked away – preventing any harm or pollution! You must also label the container with a suitable description, ensuring other people know exactly what is inside (therefore you’re not compromising their safety either) and making it easier for when someone collects your hazardous waste. Waste collections Are you working on a construction site? North West Waste can arrange to collect ALL your hazardous waste – providing you with a Full Duty of Care documentation pack. There is no need for you to disrupt your project, NWWC will arrange to collect any waste at your convenience. Audit trails Duty of Care It is advisable for you to record as much detail as you can with regards to any hazardous waste that you have produced – right up until it is disposed of (Duty of Care). If you have a record for the safe disposal of hazardous waste, it should be kept safe and organised. If you are removing any hazardous materials, you must have a signed consignment note and once the waste has been dealt with a consignee return will be sent out to you (these must be kept for 3 years). At North West Waste Consultants, we understand that the regulations are not straightforward, hence why we provide you with a wealth of industry expertise and information that can educate you on the importance of hazardous waste disposal. If you require a waste disposal plan, North West Waste Consultants can ensure that you’re following the suitable procedure and have the correct documentation for the disposal of your hazardous waste. Please call the office on 01744 758349 or simply click on the link below. 

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