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A Guide to Hazardous Waste Storage Options

Hazardous waste is more commonly produced in the workplace than you may think. In fact, we produce over 400 million tonnes of it a year! Some examples of commonly produced hazardous wastes that businesses may need to store include:

  • Oil / oily rags
  • Paint / spray paint cans
  • Printer / toner cartridges
  • Solvents and resins
  • Adhesives
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Batteries

If your business is producing any of the above, it is your responsibility to enforce safe hazardous waste storage. As well as offering disposal services, we are able to help with the supply of various hazardous waste storage containers. Read on for some of our most popular options.

Hazardous waste boxes

What waste are they suitable for?

Our hazardous waste boxes are suitable for storing batteries, adhesives, solvents, resins, paint cans, printer cartridges and more. 

What size are they?

Measuring 53cm (long) by 30cm (high) by 36cm (wide), they have a capacity of 60L. 

Who are they suitable for?

A hazardous waste box is ideal for businesses that produce a small to moderate amount of hazardous waste. The box is safe for fairly long term storage, allowing you to add to it over time until it is full and ready for collection. 

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Fluorescent tube ‘coffins’

What waste are they suitable for?

As the name suggests, they are used for the safe storage and transport of fluorescent tubes and bulbs.

What size are they?

The smallest size fluro tube coffin that we supply is approx 8ft long, and holds up to 50 tubes. They are made of a lightweight, durable material. 

Who are they suitable for?

Our fluorescent tube coffins are popular with builders and commercial contractors. We can supply the coffins directly to you for your usage, or if you would like us to collect from your site we will bring a fluorescent tube coffin with us to transport them in.

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Hazardous waste drums

What waste are they suitable for?

We usually provide hazardous waste drums for the storage of oil and resins, but they can also hold paint and other hazardous wastes. 

What size are they?

The drums we provide are sealable and made of steel. We have options that hold 50L or 205L of hazardous waste.

Who are they suitable for

Hazardous waste drums are popular with businesses such as garages and factories that produce fairly large quantities of hazardous waste regularly. 

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IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers)

What waste are they suitable for?

IBCs are ideal for the storage of large quantities of oil, paint, solvents, adhesives etc. Some businesses also use them to store goods such as sands, grains and raw materials.

What size are they?

The most common IBCs we supply are between 1,040L and 1,250L in volume. 

Who are they suitable for

Due to their size, and the fact that they are reusable and fairly easy to store, IBCs are popular with businesses that produce large volumes of hazardous waste on a regular basis. They are also easy to transport. 

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Learn more about hazardous waste storage

If your business is producing hazardous waste, either on a one off or regular basis, we are here to help. You can contact our hazardous waste experts on 01202 331560, or email We can offer advice, and help you find the ideal hazardous waste storage solution for your business’ requirements.

Case Study: Clinical Waste Solutions

Who is Clinical Waste Solutions?

Clinical Waste Solutions provides waste management services to businesses across Dorset & the surrounding area’s that deal with hazardous & low-grade non-hazardous clinical waste. Their customers may include companies such as:

  • Residential care homes
  • Funeral directors
  • Medical and dental practises
  • Nurseries
  • Tattooists
  • Hospitals
  • Schools

And many more!  

When did Clinical Waste Solutions start working with Commercial Recycling?

Before disposing of their waste with Commercial Recycling, Clinical Waste Solutions were using a waste landfill site in Dorset (which has subsequently closed down), but they were finding that their vehicles were getting damaged due to the nature of the site. For Clinical Waste Solutions to now go directly to a landfill site, it would mean driving to Somerset or Wiltshire, wasting a lot of time on a daily basis. 

As a result, they started to work with Commercial Recycling over 10 years ago as their trusted partner for waste disposal. 

How does Commercial Recycling support Clinical Waste Solutions?

Clinical Waste Solutions relies on our services on a daily basis to dispose of their clients’ waste. They bring 2 types of waste to us: 

Low grade non-hazardous waste

Where possible, this type of waste is sent to energy recovery facilities rather than the landfill. Commercial Recycling manages the disposal of this type of waste for CWS, so once it’s with us, we send it away for end disposal. There are no other local disposal outlets that are licensed to accept and transfer this kind of waste, which is why we are a perfect partner for CWS. 

Examples of low grade non-hazardous waste include: 

  • Incontinence waste 
  • Sanitary waste 

High grade hazardous waste

As this waste is hazardous, it must be collected using a consignment note and be sent to an approved high temperature incinerator for safe disposal. 

CWS use Canford Recycling as a hazardous waste transfer station, they have a compound of 770L clinical waste wheelie bins which are swapped over twice weekly and sent to a compliant end disposal destination of their choosing. 

Examples of high grade hazardous waste include:

  • Medical and clinical waste 
  • Sharps disposal 
  • Infectious materials

Why did CWS choose Commercial Recycling?

We are a major part of the process for Clinical Waste Solutions, and as they dispose of so much waste with us, we have provided a dedicated bay and compound that they can use. This means that we know exactly what waste is what and where it needs to go, without it having to be further segregated. It also means that CWS can come and go as they please, saving them huge amounts of time and money! 

Commercial Recycling has many different waste types on our permit that we are allowed to accept, which puts us ahead of many other waste facilities which are not permitted to accept any form of hazardous wastes. 

Are you looking for a trusted waste management solution for hazardous waste? 

We are chosen by many local Dorset businesses as their go-to waste disposal company, whether that’s for hazardous waste or mixed waste

For more information, disposal charges and opening times, get in touch with our team by calling us on 01202 331560 or email

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