Hazardous waste disposal in the UK is governed and controlled by the Hazardous Waste act amended in 2016.
It places a legal responsibility on the producer of the waste, to ensure they have safely disposed of their waste in the most environmentally friendly way.
They must now follow the waste hierarchy in order to try and reduce the actual waste produced in the first instance and if not possible follow the following disposal protocol:
Once the most appropriate disposal route has been identified the next stage is to classify your waste.
This can be done by checking the European Waste Catalogue and matching your waste to a unique 6 figure code, further identified by the actual process giving rise to the waste.
This code will give you confirmation of whether your waste is treated as hazardous or non-hazardous.
HP10 Toxic for Reproduction
HP12 Produces toxic gases in contact with water, air or acid
HP15 Capable of exhibiting a hazardous property listed above not directly displayed by the original waste.
What is Hazardous and Non Hazardous Waste?
The presence of an asterix and/or your waste stream being marked in red ink defines your waste as an absolute hazardous waste and under all circumstances it must be treated as such.
What are examples of Hazardous Waste?
– Alkaline Caustics
– Mercury contained wastes
– Laboratory Chemicals
– Clinical Waste
Some wastes will be classified as mirror entries meaning that your waste may or may not be classified as hazardous.
Further testing will be required to identify the concentrations and components of your waste to see if they are above certain thresholds.
All Waste Matters can arrange this testing on your behalf and advise further on the correct disposal method following this analysis.
If your waste is not classified as either a mirror or absolute waste, then provided no contaminants are present it would be suitable to treat this waste as non hazardous.