Dangerous Waste

When you are handling your waste, you should be mindful that it could be considered hazardous in nature.  Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous to human health and the environment, and it therefore needs to be disposed of in the correct manner. If you would like to find out more about this issue, you can see the Hazardous Waste Regulations by clicking here.

A fair amount of waste that is produced on a commercial premises falls under the bracket of hazardous waste, and as the business owner you have a legal duty of care to ensure that the waste you produce is managed properly. Some of the commercial waste that contains dangerous substances includes:

  • Unset Concrete
  • Oil Based Paints
  • Treated Wood
  • Aerosols
  • Asbestos
  • Contaminated Soil, Glass and Plastic
  • Oil, Petrol and Diesel
  • Pesticides and Herbicides

Although domestic waste is not considered to be as dangerous as commercial waste, and domestic residents do not have responsibilities under the Hazardous Waste Regulations, there are still products used in your home that are considered to be dangerous, and these should not be put with general waste. These include:

  • Car Batteries
  • Solvent Based Varnishes
  • Paints and Paint Strippers
  • Energy-Saving Light Bulbs
  • Fridges and Freezers
  • Television

Improper disposal of hazardous waste can include pouring the item down the drain, into sewers, and in some cases putting them out with your bins. The dangers of disposing of your waste in this way may not seem instantly obvious, but improper disposal can pollute our environment and pose a significant threat to human health. If you have a contractor producing hazardous waste on your domestic premises when working, then it is their responsibility to separate and dispose of the harmful waste properly.

You should consider getting in touch with us for our comprehensive West Lothian skip hire service if you have waste that needs getting rid of. In addition to our skip hire service, we also offer site clearances, house clearances, and emergency disposal services. If you have any queries about your waste, or are considering hiring a skip from us, then get in touch by calling 01506 411141. As we are an extremely environmentally conscious company, we recycle 80% of all the waste we collect, which stops this going to landfill sites.

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