Industrial and Commercial Waste Information
From breweries and textile factories to shops and offices, across the UK we produce a good deal of industrial and commercial waste that needs to be disposed of sustainably. On average, as a total population, we create around 200 million tonnes of waste each year and industry and commerce are responsible for almost a quarter of this.
Handling this kind of waste has long been a problem for both governments and businesses themselves, even before we started to have a greener outlook and the various EU Directives and UK legislation were put in place.
Types of Industrial and Commercial Waste
The range of waste produced in the industrial and commercial sector is almost as broad as the different businesses involved. Shops and supermarkets, small offices and major corporation all produce vast amounts of waste. Mining is still prevalent in the UK with over 2,000 active mines and quarries all producing waste material such as slag that needs to be disposed of. Power plants including nuclear and coal have their own particular waste issues. Manufacturing produces a lot of waste including harmful chemicals and solid waste that needs to be either reused or recycled, if not disposed of by incineration.
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Industrial and Commercial Waste Management
When it comes to industrial and commercial waste management, much of it is done on a far larger scale than your average small business or home. Despite this, the waste hierarchy is still the overriding framework that needs to be used to manage disposal in any industry. This begins with businesses making sure that, as far as possible, they put in preventative measures to stop producing waste in the first place. For a power plant this could be a case of capturing and disposing of harmful gasses while for a factory it could mean reducing the amount of packaging or the level of toxic products in their manufacturing processes.
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Industrial and Commercial Waste Equipment
As with any other area of waste disposal there is a host of equipment that is used in the management process. This can include anything from the appropriate waste bins, barrels or containers that keep the waste safe and segregated to the heavy duty equipment that is utilised to crush, press or even incinerate the waste. Processing the waste so that it can then be sorted and vital parts recycled is key to industrial and commercial waste management today.
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Legislation and Industrial and Commercial Waste
The main legislation covering all waste in the UK is the Environmental Protection Act, though much nowadays is also governed by the EU Waste Framework Directive. Particular industries will have their own legislation and codes of practice that need to be adhered to. For instance, mining in the UK is also governed by the Mining Waste Directive. Compliance with the legislation, including having a clear audit trail for waste disposal is important and failure to meet the duty of care put on individual businesses as well as disposal services can lead to prosecution and large fines.
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Industrial and Commercial Waste Services
Since the major improvements in waste disposal legislation in recent years, private companies offering an industrial and commercial waste service have grown up across the UK. Picking the right one for your business can often be difficult and requires a good deal of thought. You need to make sure that you are complying with the law as it stands and make sure that the service you choose is properly licensed and has the appropriate permits before you sign any contract.
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