Industrial and Commercial Waste Services
Businesses looking for a waste disposal service that can handle their needs will find a much wider choice nowadays than your average household. While most domestic waste collection is handled by the local council, commercial and industrial waste often requires specialist services that have the right license and the appropriate disposal methods in place.
Many commercial premises have a range of needs that could include anything from handling clinical and hazardous waste to electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). All of these different types of waste need to handled according to current regulations. Areas like excavation and the construction and demolition industries will have their own requirements in place to ensure the safe handling and disposal of waste.
Before you begin to look for a suitable waste disposal service, you need to have a clear idea of what kind you are producing. This involves undertaking a full waste audit that looks at the type and level of waste you need to dispose of on a weekly or monthly basis. A number of waste companies will be able to undertake this for you and can also advise on the storage space that you require as well as the equipment needed.
Of course, there are also waste services that require a highly specialist service. These include:
- Clinical waste produced by places such as hospitals and health care clinics as well as drugs manufacturers.
- Hazardous waste produced by businesses such as construction and chemical manufacturing industries.
- Bio-waste produced by areas such as agriculture and research facilities.
For large industrial ventures waste management services can include anything from barrels of hazardous liquids to quarry rock that needs to be transported and disposed of. Industrial waste disposal can involve handling toxic substances, corrosives, diesel, flammable liquids and solids, gases and oils to name just a few.
Choosing the Right Industrial and Commercial Waste Service
- You can first check our database for suitable waste services in your immediate area.
- Next you need to check that the company you choose have the right license for handling the waste you need to dispose of.
- While larger industrial businesses will have their own storage processes in place, including barrels, smaller commercial enterprises might need to have them supplied. Check that your supplier offers this in their service and how much it costs.
- If your waste cannot be recycled and is likely to end up at landfill or being incinerated, then you need to make sure that your service has the right permit or exemption to handle this kind of waste.
- The waste service should supply a waste transfer note, a kind of invoice, for each waste shipment that they undertake which shows when it was picked up, where it was delivered to and what happened to it. This is the documentation that businesses need to keep for 2 years and produce when an organisation such as the Environment Agency asks for it.
As businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste correctly and within the law, it is up to managers and owners to ensure that the service they choose is licensed and equipped to do so. Failure to make the necessary checks can lead to prosecution and large fines if your business is found to be guilty of breaking the law.
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