Hazardous waste poses a major risk to the environment and to our health. As a result, it requires extra care when it comes to disposing of it. Considering the detrimental effects it can have on nature and human health, it has become a legal requirement to dispose of hazardous waste responsibly.

Read on to find out what hazardous waste is and how you can properly handle hazardous waste clearance, with the help of Skip It!

What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is considered to be waste that contains oxidising agents as well as waste that has flammable, harmful and toxic properties. This does not necessarily mean that it is an immediate risk to us. However, some items are considered a serious threat to human health and the environment.

It is vital to recognise hazardous waste, especially when doing a waste clearance, so you can separate and dispose of such items safely and responsibly.

We understand that it can be a challenge to identify hazardous waste, but that’s why Skip It is here to help! Let us run through the steps you need to take, to deal with hazardous waste properly.

How do I dispose of hazardous waste responsibly?

Businesses and individuals who happen to produce hazardous waste are not always aware of the effects and consequences of simply chucking it away, along with the rest of their waste. The clever thing to do is to pass them on to waste collection services, like Skip It, to get rid of it for them. Before you begin, there are still some rules you will legally have to follow.

The first step is to make sure that items that could potentially be considered hazardous are properly recorded and identified. This information should then be passed on to the waste carrier when your waste has been cleared.

The information you should pass on includes:

  • Waste classification code, which can be found in the European Waste Catalogue
  • Your businesses or site, where it was produced
  • Chemical and physical analysis of the waste item
  • Special requirements and issues of the waste item

It is important to note that hazardous waste can’t be mixed with other types of waste, as well as non-hazardous items, and should be packed and recorded separately.

Remember to keep your records on any hazardous waste for at least three years after it has been cleared!

How can Skip It help?

Hazardous waste must be dealt with by accredited waste collection services. Here at Skip It, we are able to deal with just any volume and type of waste, including hazardous waste! We offer a range of effective and reliable services, with all the right tools and an experienced team of professionals who will get the job done.

We are also strongly committed to keeping the environment safe and protecting the health and safety of our customers. In fact, 95 per cent of all the waste we handle is recycled by our network of established recycling centres, so you can rest assured that we will make sure your hazardous waste items are disposed of responsibly!

Call us to find out more about our hazardous waste collection services and book a suitable timeslot with Skip It today!

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