For most homes across the UK, food and garden waste are catered for quite adequately by local councils. Households are supplied with food waste bins and bags that are collected on a weekly basis while garden waste can be picked up fortnightly or taken down to the local waste collection facility. For the majority of households this provision works pretty well and is paid for through our yearly council tax.
Across the UK, councils handle millions of tonnes of food and garden waste, often turning it into valuable compost but more recently combining it with anaerobic digestion to produce power and biogas.
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Commercial Bio-Waste Services
As with most waste disposal, businesses have more responsibility and greater legislation applied to them than your average domestic property. Because of the Environmental Protection Act 1995, all commercial ventures have a duty of care to make sure that they dispose of their waste appropriately. This includes bio-waste such as food and animal by products.
This means ensuring that the company your business hires to handle a particular kind of waste collection and disposal is licensed to do so. Each business has a responsibility to for the following when it comes to waste handling:
- Prevent the creation of waste as much as possible including bio-waste. For supermarkets such as Tescos and Asda this has involved making sure that food stuffs which are past their best before dates are given to places like food charities for use. Because of this less waste is being sent to places like landfill.
- Waste that is created needs to be stored safely and securely. Especially with items like bio-waste, this includes ensuring that there is no cross contamination and using the right containers.
- Producers need to make sure that their carrier is registered to handle this particular kind of waste.
- There needs to a clear audit trail for each consignment of waste including a waste transfer note.
- The onus is on the producer to make sure that their waste carrier disposes of their waste legally.
When it comes to bio-waste there are number of services available and much will depend on the type and level that you are producing. For instance, something like bio-medical waste or clinical waste will need a higher degree of specialist handling and transport as well as disposal. For standard food and garden waste there is the issue of how regularly your bio-waste service comes to collect and transport it for disposal.
A number of waste disposal services nowadays offer an audit that can give each business a better understanding of what their obligations. This can also include providing specialist containers for particular types of waste. Choosing the best bio-waste service for your business is important if you want to make sure that all your waste is handled properly and you fulfil all your obligations under law.
You can now search our dedicated database for bio-waste disposal services in your area and check their credentials online.