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Hazardous waste in the construction industry

Did you know that construction and demolition waste create one fifth of the total amount of waste in the UK?*

Construction and demolition waste can fall into 3 categories:

  • Always hazardous,
  • Never hazardous,
  • May or may not be hazardous.

Each category of waste will need to be disposed of in different ways to reduce risk to the environment and those handling it when disposing of the waste. 

What is hazardous waste in the construction industry?

Hazardous waste is waste that could cause harm to the environment or anyone handling it, due to it potentially being flammable, corrosive or ecotoxic.

Examples of hazardous waste in the construction industry include:

What do you need to do if you produce hazardous waste?

The Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005) require that any hazardous waste produced by a company must be collected separately to other waste in order for it to be treated and disposed of correctly.

Unless you produce less than 500kg of hazardous waste a year, a company producing hazardous waste in England or Wales must register with the Environment Agency each year.

While some waste types such as rubble and inert might not appear hazardous, it is still necessary to segregate it from mixed waste because they can cause problems. It is also worth noting that a company can be prosecuted by the Environment Agency if they don’t comply with waste management regulations.

Hazardous waste management on site

The hazardous waste management solution that is best for you and your construction site, will depend on the amount of waste that you are producing.

Hazardous waste box

If you are producing a small amount of hazardous waste on your site then you might find that one of our hazardous waste boxes is a suitable management solution.

This is great for storing non bulky hazardous waste such as small, empty contaminated containers, fluorescent bulbs/lamps, adhesives, or paint.

Our service could not be simpler, all you need to do is give us a call on 01202 579579 to order your hazardous waste box and we will deliver it to you at a time that is convenient to you. Once you have filled the box up, give us another call to arrange a collection date. Our licensed operator will collect the box and take it away for safe disposal.

Another common solution that we can supply is a hazardous waste drum which is perfect for collecting aerosol cans from spray painting, building chemicals and contaminated packaging. These are great for when you are producing more waste than can be stored in one of our hazardous waste boxes, but not enough for larger solutions such as IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers).

We can also provide enclosed skips and RoRo containers should you have a project that will produce large quantities of hazardous waste – such as asbestos or treated timber/hazardous waste wood. Find out more by calling our team on 01202 579579.

Moving hazardous waste

You are probably aware that in order to transport any waste you need a waste transfer note, which permits movement of any mixed waste and recyclable materials.

If you are transporting hazardous waste, you will also need a consignment note. One of these is needed even if you are exempt from registering your company with the Environment Agency, or if you are moving between premises within the same company. A consignment note is also needed if the holder of the hazardous waste doesn’t change.

If hazardous waste is being collected from your premise, you will need to ensure that the correct sections of the consignment note are filled in. As waste collectors, we will provide the consignment note when we are collecting the hazardous waste from your site.

Disposing of Asbestos

Asbestos is one of the most common hazardous waste types found on construction sites because it can be found in materials used to construct buildings before the 2000’s.

Because it can be so dangerous, it is imperative that it is handled and disposed of correctly. This means complete separation for all other waste types, even other hazardous waste.

If you are licensed to transport asbestos, then you can bring it to us at Canford Recycling Centre, as we are fully licensed to accept asbestos waste. All asbestos must be double bagged / wrapped in thick 1000 gauge plastic, and we ask that you pre-book a disposal slot at least 24 hours before tipping asbestos so that we can partially complete the hazardous waste consignment note ahead of your visit.

If you are unable to transport the asbestos waste to us, we can come and collect it from you. We have asbestos experts who are able to collect hazardous asbestos directly from your site. To learn more, or arrange a collection, call us on 01202 579579.

Disposing of construction hazardous waste at Commercial Recycling

Our recycling centre in Canford is fully licensed to accept your construction hazardous waste. This allows us to accept the following waste types:

Disposing your hazardous waste with us is easy, as we can help with the paperwork needed. All we ask is that you book a slot to visit our tip to avoid delays and any risks associated with your waste.

To book a disposal slot, just give our friendly team a call on 01202 579579, or email us at enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk.

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