What is Hazardous Waste?
According to government legislation, waste is granted the hazardous title if the waste itself or a substance it is comprised of is harmful to either humans or to the natural environment.
Examples of the most common types of domestic hazardous waste are as follows:
- Fridges and freezers
- Chemical waste
- Batteries and other electrical waste
- Oil waste
It is also important to be aware that some waste products can fall both in the hazardous and non-hazardous criteria. This is because some products can become dangerous once their contained substances reach certain temperatures, ages or pressures.
For these more complicated cases, it is worth taking a look at the labelling for the products, as such products may be easily identifiable via an orange and black danger icon: E.g.
Or a white and red hazard symbol: E.g.
Or the simple, loud-and-clear hazardous waste label:
If you are still unsure whether a product is hazardous, you can refer to the government’s ‘waste classification technical guidance’ for more information.
Alternatively, you can speak to a professional waste management provider like Aasvogel, who will be able to determine if a waste’s composition is hazardous and whether the specific product requires further breakdown before it can be safely disposed of.
Why it Matters to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Safely
When improperly disposed of, hazardous waste can pollute the environment and cause serious physical harm to people:
Comprised of dissolved and suspended waste materials, leachate for example can leak out of a landfill site through the ground and end up in rivers and fields, thus contaminating food and drinking water.
There are of course other ways in which hazardous materials can cause harmful contamination. For instance when oils, chemicals or even paints are poured down the sink or if flammable materials are just thrown away.
Each of these actions will, unfortunately, have a very serious reaction – not only physically, but often legally too; particularly because either reaction could harm landfill workers or refuge collectors quite significantly.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
As a complete waste management provider, Aasvogel has a fully licenced hazardous waste disposal site for a number of materials, including asbestos, tyres and fridge freezers. This means that if required to, we can visit, identify and collect any unwanted hazardous waste or receive it directly at our transfer station, but this must be by prior arrangement with the sales office.
By providing full waste management options, you can rest easy knowing that with Aasvogel all your hazardous waste is disposed of legally and safely. If you want any more information on the safe disposal of any particular waste material, call us today on 01235 884356.
Aasvogel Skip Hire: Locations and Contact
In addition to hazardous waste disposal, we offer a comprehensive skip hire service with the ability to provide a huge range of skips. We can accommodate most projects and most budgets, regardless of access.
With Aasvogel skip hire, safely disposing of your regular and hazardous waste couldn’t be easier. If you would like to find out more or to hire a skip today, please get in touch or use our online quote form today.