Making a distinction between non-hazardous and hazardous waste is important. Without separating the two, items that could otherwise be recycled could be contaminated. If that wasn’t enough of a worry, there’s also a risk to the environment and human health. Let’s take a closer look at which types of rubbish could be considered as hazardous.
Asbestos is well-known for its reputation as hazardous waste. It’s a fibrous materials that was used for insulation, until it was banned in 1999. This means that there’s still plenty of asbestos around in the UK, so it’s commonly found when demolishing or upgrading buildings. Asbestos needs to be handled carefully. If it’s moved in one, undisturbed piece it’s much safer. When the fibres are disturbed, they can release into the air and cause health problems for those who breathe them in.
Not everyone is aware of this, but batteries are classed as hazardous waste. This is because they contain toxic materials, some of which can lead to fires or explosions. Lithium batteries have caused a number of fires, so it’s important that they’re disposed of properly.
Chemicals, Solvents, Pesticides & Other Toxic Fluids
There are many types of hazardous liquid waste. It’s important that you don’t do anything irresponsible like pour them down the drain. You need to ensure a responsible waste disposal company processes them properly. Even brake fluid and print toner needs to be handled as hazardous waste.
Ozone Depleting Substances
Ozone depleting substances (or ODS) are chemicals that can damage the ozone layer if allowed to enter the atmosphere. These are often found in refrigeration equipment, fire extinguishers, heat pumps and solvents. This means that if you’re disposing of a fridge, it is considered to be hazardous waste.
How To Handle Hazardous Waste
It’s important to be responsible with your waste. Use a licensed waste management company like Cardiff & Caerphilly Skips to dispose of your items correctly. You must not include any of these items in your general waste or recycling.
For Hazardous Waste Removal, Choose Cardiff & Caerphilly Skips
If you’ve got waste that needs removing that comes under any of the categories we’ve mentioned, get in touch with our team today. We can dispose of your rubbish responsibly and ethically, in compliance with all UK regulations.