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Where do I go for commercial battery recycling near me?

With so many different types of battery used in the workplace, and various legislation governing how to dispose of unwanted batteries, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to local battery disposal.

To help, below we’ve outlined some key pieces of information you’ll need to know regarding battery recycling, along with details on the types of batteries that can be disposed of at our Wimborne recycling facility.

Why do batteries often need specialist disposal?

Batteries are classed as a hazardous waste, and therefore need to follow the appropriate disposal protocols. Although you may wonder how batteries can be grouped in the same category as many other more seemingly harmful wastes, it’s important to know that they can actually become explosive in certain conditions.

Technically, even your standard household batteries (such as AAAs) are considered hazardous. This is because batteries contain dangerous chemicals such as sulphuric acid, potassium hydroxide, or heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. However, as these household batteries are alkaline, they can legally be disposed of alongside your normal household waste.

For all other battery types, it is your duty to dispose of them in a manner compliant with current legislation. One option is to choose battery recycling using a fully licensed facility that is able to safely store and process hazardous wastes, such as Canford Recycling Centre.

Types of batteries we recycle at Commercial Recycling

At our recycling centre in Wimborne, we can accept a variety of battery types for recycling. Even if they are unable to be recycled, we can dispose of them as a hazardous waste in the appropriate, legal manner.

Batteries we accept for recycling include, but are not limited to:

  • Household batteries such as AA, AAA, D etc.
  • Coin / button battery varieties (such as those found in watches and car keys)
  • Plug-in battery packs (such as chargers for laptops, mobiles power tools etc.)
  • Car batteries

If you can’t see the type of battery that you’re looking to recycle above, please give our friendly team a call on 01202 331560. Alternatively, why not take a picture of the battery in question and email it to our team using enquiries@commercialreycling.co.uk.

How to recycle batteries

As batteries are a hazardous waste, you’ll need to book your disposal in advance. Simply give us a call on 01202 331560, or email enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk, and a member of our team will book you in for your commercial battery recycling.

What are IBC containers and how are they used in hazardous waste management?

Patented in 1933, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) have proven to be a valuable asset in commercial waste management services, as well as being efficient in storing and stacking various materials, like hazardous waste.

The many advantages of using IBC containers has resulted in them often now being used in place of traditional solutions like storage cans and barrels. In this article, we cover the key factors concerning IBC containers, as well as illustrate how Commercial Recycling use them for waste storage and transportation.

What is an IBC?

IBC stands for intermediate bulk containers, which are pallet-mounted, reusable containers most commonly used to store and transport bulk waste.

The three main types of IBC containers in use today can be categorised under rigid, folding and flexible, with the most common being rigid.

Rigid IBC containers are capable of stacking and can be moved by forklift or pallet pump (a tool used to lift and move pallets).

Their size is considered to be ‘intermediate’ as the volume they carry sits between that of a tank and a drum. The most common volumes of IBC containers are1,040 litres and 1,250 litres.

What are IBCs made of?

IBC containers can be made of a variety of materials, depending on factors such as if it will be reused or not, legal requirements and the type of IBC.

For rigid IBCs, the inner containers are often made from plastics such as polyethene, or metals like aluminium or iron. The outer container is usually made from a protective layer of zinc covering either iron or steel.

In contrast, folding IBCs don’t have a rigid outer cage and are made of very durable plastic that allows the container to fold inwards when empty. Flexible IBCs are made from various heavy-duty materials such as woven polypropylene or polyethene.

What is an IBC used for?

Rigid intermediate bulk containers are commonly used to commercially store, transport and stack the following:

  • Hazardous waste materials (this is what Commercial Recycling use IBCs for)
  • Sands and grains
  • Healthcare-related items including solid commodities and bio-waste
  • Raw materials used in industrial production
  • Liquid wastes, including water
  • Chemical products, such as oils, solvents, adhesives or detergents
  • Paints and industrial coatings
  • Liquid, granulated, and powdered food ingredients and syrups
  • Agricultural and greenhouse waste

Commercial Recycling deals with the legalities and compliance that comes with handling all waste types, including hazardous waste. From registering your premises with the Environment Agency, to completing the relevant paperwork, you can rely on Commercial Recycling. Contact them here or phone them on 01202 331560 to arrange your waste disposal.

What are the benefits of an intermediate bulk container?

There are many benefits to using IBC containers for waste removal, with the most commonly cited being;

  • They provide a reliable, safe and consistent way to handle, store or transport commercial materials.
  • IBCs are more effective for storage than round tanks, as they can be stacked on top of each other to save room.
  • Despite being slightly less durable than rigid containers, both folding and flexible IBCs take up even less space once empty.
  • IBCs are easier to load on pallet stacks and forklift trucks due to their regular shape, which ensures that the contents inside stay safe.
  • They can contain a large capacity of waste, which reduces the number of containers required.
  • IBC reconditioning systems enable IBCs to be used numerous times, which benefits the environment and saves company budgets.

Hazardous waste boxes

As well as IBC containers, Commercial Recycling also offers an affordable hazardous waste box that is the perfect solution for businesses needing to dispose of much smaller amounts of hazardous waste. This simple, low-cost service is available to all businesses, tradespeople and individuals in the Bournemouth / BH postcode areas.

Our hazardous waste boxes are just £70.00 +VAT.

Learn more about our hazardous waste boxes here >>

Contact Commercial Recycling for your waste disposal

If you would like more information on our hazardous waste containers or would like to arrange waste disposal with Commercial Recycling, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

Check out our waste disposal prices here >>

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How to dispose of engine oil safely and legally

Engine oil is used in vehicles and machines, and due to being derived from petroleum oil, is classed as a hazardous substance. This means if it’s not disposed of correctly, it can have damaging effects on the environment.

In this article, we illustrate an efficient and affordable way for businesses to legally dispose of their waste engine oil. Also outlined is advice and guidelines to follow if you’re thinking of using Commercial Recycling for the disposal of your unwanted engine oil.

Legal considerations when disposing of engine oil

There are a few key pieces of legislation to adhere to when storing or tipping waste oils:

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001
If your business stores or uses oil, you must comply with the requirements set out by the Government. If you do not follow these regulations, your business can be fined and the Environment Agency can serve an anti-pollution works notice to ensure you meet legal requirements.
Read more here >>

Duty of Care – Waste Duty of Care Regulations 2005
You must make sure hazardous waste produced or handled by your business causes no harm or damage to individuals or the environment. As a business owner, you have responsibilities known as ‘duty of care’. This puts an emphasis on doing whatever you can to reuse, recycle or recover waste. If you are unable to do this, the waste must be disposed of at a licenced waste facility such as Canford Recycling Centre.
Read more here >>

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
This requires individuals to control certain activities which could harm human health or the environment. In carrying out this responsibility, individuals need to take into account the potential impacts waste disposal can have on conservation sites, and try to be more aware with how they dispose of their waste, to ensure it’s completed in a legal manner.
Read more here >>

How to safely prepare your engine oil for disposal

Alongside following current legislation regarding the disposal of engine oil, there are some important safety procedures your business should take when preparing unwanted engine oil for disposal.

  1. Tempting as it may be to use an easy ‘get rid’ solution, you must not place your oil in normal waste streams/containers, pour the oil on the ground or down a drain. If your business did this, you would be breaking the law, causing pollution, and if caught most likely to be prosecuted and fined.
  2. It should be common sense, but these substances can be extremely harmful to humans, especially when they come in contact with skin. Ensure you always wear gloves when handling your engine oil. This is due to the damaging substances that engine oil contains, like lead, chromium and benzene.
  3. Be sure the oil is cool before you attempt to transfer it, as the container it’s transported in could melt and create an unwanted spillage, which could lead to an accident and injuries.
  4. Do not mix the oil with any other substance as it makes the oil harder to recycle. To avoid this, make sure the container you use is thoroughly cleaned before pouring the waste oil inside.
  5. Ensure that you’re using the right container. It should be made from a strong material, unlike milk bottles that are commonly used, and will need to be sealed for safe transportation. The most common container to store waste oil is a steel drum.

If you’re still unsure how to safely prepare your engine oil, contact Commercial Recycling on 01202 331560 for further advice, or to arrange a collection.

Did you know that used engine oil can be recycled?

Oil doesn’t wear out, it just gets dirty, so can therefore be cleaned, re-refined and used again and again. However, used oils can pollute the environment if they are not recycled properly, especially when it’s leaked into our water sources. This can have devastating impacts on animals, insects, plants and drinking water.

Depending on the local disposal site used, the waste oil will either be bulk stored and transported to a specialist recycling centre for further treatment or it will be cleaned, refined and recycled onsite.

If you are a business looking to dispose of used engine oil, Commercial Recycling will be happy to accept your oil at one of our licenced facilities. Call our expert team on 01202 331560 or contact us here >>

Obtain your hazardous consignment note

As mentioned above, engine oil is classified as hazardous waste due to the harmful substances it contains. This means that when you dispose of engine oil, you will need to obtain a hazardous waste consignment note to prove that the waste has been taken care of correctly.

However, it is important to note that when you are disposing of any hazardous waste, it is the producer of the waste’s responsibility to know where the waste is sent. They must ensure that the correct steps are taken, that those contracted to collect it are operating legally, and that you receive the correct paperwork afterwards.

For help in obtaining a consignment note please contact our hazardous waste specialist on 01202 331560 or hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk

If you are unable to transport your hazardous waste we can collect it for you

For businesses who do not wish to or are unable to transport their engine oil to one of our local recycling centres, we can provide an affordable hazardous waste collection service.

We offer an affordable, flexible engine oil collection service, and although the most common container size for storage of oil is 205L (45 gallons), we can collect waste oil from as little as 20L bins, right up to 2000L containers which are emptied using tanker lorries. At Commercial Recycling, we can supply, exchange and collect these drums of oil for you.

If you choose a waste collection service from Commercial Recycling, our friendly team will arrange a date and time to suit your business and ensure that all the appropriate legal matters are taken care of, including the completion of the hazardous waste consignment note.

Do you need to book an engine oil disposal?

Due to the hazardous nature of engine oil, we prefer you to pre-book a disposal slot, ideally 24-hours before visiting one of our convenient recycling centres.

Our experts will always be happy to help you to successfully navigate the complicated legalities concerning hazardous wastes such as engine oil.

For advice or to book your engine oil disposal, please call our expert team on 01202 331560 or email: hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk

What happens to the engine oil once it has been disposed of?

Recycling oil consumes less energy than refining new oil from the ground. After you have taken your used engine oil to Commercial Recycling, we then transfer it to a specialist licensed facility where it is treated to remove the hazardous substances. It is then recycled back into oil that is suitable for reuse., reducing the negative impact on the environment.

Contact Commercial Recycling for your engine oil disposal

If you would like more information on how to get rid of engine oil or would like to arrange the disposal of your oil with Commercial Recycling, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

Check out our waste disposal prices here >>

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How to get rid of a fridge correctly?

Get rid of a fridge at Canford Recycling Centre

Get rid of a fridge in a compliant and legal manner

Every year, approximately 2.4 million fridges are disposed of in the UK and a further 3 million are bought as replacements. – Source; BBC News.

Fridges are classified as hazardous waste due to the ozone-depleting gases they contain that can be harmful to the environment if disposed of incorrectly. 

In this article, we cover how your business can get rid of a fridge correctly and the process Commercial Recycling follows to ensure all the fridges and freezers they receive are disposed of in a compliant and legal manner.

Legal requirements concerning the disposal of fridges

There are 3 key pieces of legislation to adhere to when disposing of a fridge, these are;

  1. Duty of Care – Waste Duty of Care Regulations 2005

All households and businesses getting rid of a fridge, as with all forms of waste, have a duty of care to ensure that it is disposed of responsibly in accordance with legislation. In practice, this means that you or your appointed waste contractor needs to get rid of your fridge at a licensed waste facility, like Commercial Recycling.

Breaching your duty of care could result in you being fined.

  1. Removal of Ozone Depleting Substances – EC regulation

All refrigeration units containing ozone-depleting substances (ODS), like your fridge, must have the ODS removed in a controlled manner before the appliance can be scrapped. This is why fridges can only be disposed of at a licensed waste facility where the redundant fridge can be safely stored prior to being taken to a specialist facility where the ODS can be safely removed.

Failure to comply with these regulations carries a hefty fine of up to £2,500 and eligibility for prosecution.

  1. Recycling and Recovery – The Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE)

WEEE legislation ensures that all forms of electrical waste are disposed of correctly and in a compliant manner. Individuals or businesses that do not comply with the rules that govern WEEE waste and choose to use an alternative disposal method are liable to be prosecuted and fined.

Remember fridge disposal should really be a last resort, it’s always best to reuse and recover fridge units wherever possible. Try talking to charities, friends, other businesses etc. to see if they could recover and reuse your unwanted fridge.

Do you need to book a fridge disposal service?

Our experts will always be happy to help you to successfully navigate the complicated legalities concerning hazardous wastes such as commercial fridges.

For advice or to book your fridge disposal, please call our expert team on 01202 331560 or email: hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk

What happens once your fridge is disposed of at Canford Recycling Cente?

To ensure your fridge or freezer is disposed of safely, at Canford Recycling Centre we have a specialist area where fridges and freezers are taken off. When the designated area reaches capacity the redundant fridges and freezers are safely loaded on to a lorry for transportation to the specialist licensed facility we have audited and approved to remove the ODS element. When the waste fridges and freezers are deemed safe, the remaining materials are separated mechanically into individual product streams where they are recycled.

Despite the harmful substances used in the production of a fridge, over 95% of the average unit is recyclable.

Do you have a fridge that needs to be disposed of?

If you are a business looking to dispose of an unused commercial fridge, the weighbridge service offered at our local tips couldn’t be easier. Simply pull onto the weighbridge and inform the weighbridge operator of the waste you wish to dispose of, and we’ll take care of the rest. To read the full process, click here >>

If you are unable to transport your hazardous waste we can collect it for you.

For businesses who do not wish to or are unable to transport their fridge to one of our tipping sites, we also offer an affordable hazardous waste collection service. If you choose a pickup service from Commercial Recycling, our friendly team will arrange a date and time to suit your business and ensure that all legal matters are taken care of, including the completion of the correct consignment note.

Obtaining a hazardous consignment note

When disposing of any hazardous waste, it is the producer of the waste’s responsibility to know where the waste is sent, and that the correct steps are taken to ensure those contracted to collect it are operating legally.

When you are disposing of a commercial fridge, you will need to obtain a hazardous waste consignment note to prove that the waste has been taken care of correctly. For help in obtaining a consignment note please contact our hazardous waste specialist on 01202 331560 or enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk

Contact Commercial Recycling for your fridge disposal

From your initial contact to completing the relevant paperwork and disposal of the fridge, Commercial Recycling will ensure your waste is handled in a correct and legal manner.

If you would like more information on how to get rid of a fridge or would like to arrange the disposal of a fridge with Commercial Recycling, please get in contact with our team by calling us on 01202 331560 or email enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk

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Improvement work at Canford Recycling Centre in 2019

We have now reached the half-way point of the year, and so far, we’ve been busy upgrading our Canford Recycling Centre to further improve the disposal services we can offer to businesses, tradespeople and waste contractors operating in Poole and Bournemouth.

Where is Canford Recycling Centre? It is on Arena Way, off Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW

In this article, we cover a number of the key improvements made to the site, as well as some of our future plans and upcoming developments.

The addition of new bays

We’ve added some new concrete lego block style bays to allow smaller ‘Man & Van’ type vehicles to be segregated from the larger commercial vehicles who use the site.

It is expected this particular improvement will make it easier for tradespeople, contractors and businesses to better utilise our Wimborne Recycling Centre in various commercial vehicles, such as; skip lorries, transit vans, pick-ups, tippers and trucks.

New concrete areas

A large 1700m2 area, towards the rear of our site, has now been concreted to provide better driving conditions throughout the site. This enhancement should also contribute to a reduction in tipping turnaround times.

The concrete used in this project was supplied by AMS Concrete and benefited from the inclusion of recycled aggregates, which were produced at Canford Inert Recycling Centre.

New weighbridge for 2019

We finished the installation of a brand new replacement weighbridge in May 2019. The work was essential to ensure all loads continued to be weighed accurately and vehicles can turnaround quickly to reduce queues and waiting time.

What is a weighbridge? It is a large set of scales installed to weigh road vehicles and their contents.

At all our local tipping facilities, vehicles are weighed before and after tipping, this process ensures the weight of the waste being disposed of is accurately calculated and charged accordingly.

Affordable, efficient waste disposal service where customers only pay for the weight of the waste they actually tip!

New waste recycling system

In June 2019, to aid us in moving closer to a zero waste to landfill position we commissioned a new waste recycling system at Canford Recycling Centre. The market-leading system includes screeners, wind sifters, overband magnets, ferrous metal recovery and a five bay picking station for improved manual and mechanical waste sorting and recycling

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Upcoming improvements

Although we’ve already achieved a number of great results this year, we still have a few key projects in the pipeline…
MATA Construction are currently carrying out a 24 week refurbishment programme of ‘Building 2’ following the major fire back in July 2018. You can read more about this incident on our news page here.

The refurbishment is due to be completed in October 2019

The role of this building will be to allow Commercial Recycling to successfully process, recover and recycle higher volumes of waste, which are generated through the fulfilment of various contracts.

Building 2 will allow for larger volumes of locally produced waste to be dealt with, which will help to minimise the amount of ‘waste miles’ currently undertaken.

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Alternatively, contact our waste experts onsite at Canford Recycling Centre. They will be pleased to provide you with free advice concerning the disposal of general, construction and hazardous waste. Contact our waste experts today for further advice by calling 01202 331560 or by emailing enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

Hazardous wood waste, what is it?

Hazardous wood waste disposal

What are hazardous woods?

Wood that is used in commercial and industrial applications is commonly treated with preserving chemicals. This protection is applied to help safeguard the wood from threats that include insect attacks and fungal decay. Certain wood treatment chemicals can pose a risk to human health, and the environment, which is why the treated waste wood may be classed as a hazardous waste.

For help in determining if your waste wood is hazardous, please call our team on 01202 331560.

In this article, we explain what hazardous woods are, how to identify them and what steps should be taken to correctly dispose of waste wood that has been treated.

Hazardous wood waste is commonly produced when treated wood is removed from service.

Recognisable forms of treated ‘hazardous wood’ waste include; railway sleepers, telegraph poles and creosote treated wood. Typically, it is not possible to dispose of treated woods at standard commercial and household recycling centres.

Treated wood that is hazardous needs to be disposed of at a special facility, which is licensed to accept hazardous waste.

How do you identify hazardous woods?

As a general rule, treated wood is easy to recognise. Wood that is treated with creosote or chlorophenolic formulations is often darker in colour and will have a ‘chemical’ or ‘smoky’ odour. Whereas wood that is ‘pressure treated’ with inorganic preservatives can usually be identified by a characteristic ‘greenish’ colour.

Depending on the wood treatment method used, cresols, chromium, chlorophenols or arsenic may be present in high enough concentrations to exceed UK regulatory limits for disposing of the wood waste in ‘ordinary’ mixed waste disposal consignments, such as general waste skips or roro (rollonoff containers).

To learn more about how to identify and safely dispose of your waste, please call our friendly team on 01202 331560.

What about other types of wood waste? How is wood recycled?

The appropriate methods and locations required in the management of wood waste are dependent on the ‘grade’ of wood requiring disposal. According to the Wood Recyclers Association, most waste wood will fall into one of the following four main grades:

Grade A ‘Clean Wood’

Common sources include – pallets, packaging, distribution, retailers and secondary manufacturing.

Types of waste wood accepted as Grade A include – hardwood packaging, scrap pallets, packing cases, solid softwood, off cuts and cable drums.

How to dispose of Grade A waste wood? This type of wood waste can typically be disposed of at any recycling facilities that accepts wood waste. Grade A wood can be recycled and is often used to produce animal bedding and mulches.

Grade B ‘Industrial Feedstock Grade’ (Grade A) +

Common sources include – construction, demolition and transfer stations.

Types of waste wood accepted as Grade B include – building waste wood, demolition waste wood and domestic furniture made from solid wood.

How to dispose of Grade B waste wood? This type of wood waste can usually be disposed of at any recycling facilities which accept wood waste. Grade B wood can be recycled to produce panelboard.

Grade C “Fuel Grade” (Grade A, B) +

Common sources include – recycled and municipal collections.

Types of wood waste accepted as Grade C include – flat pack furniture, fencing, chipboard, MDF, plywood and fibreboard.

How to dispose of Grade C waste wood? This type of wood waste can typically be disposed of at any recycling facilities which accept wood waste. Grade C wood can be reused to produce biomass fuel.

Grade D “Hazardous Wood Waste” (Grade A, B, C) +

Common sources include – chemical treated waste wood and contaminated woods.

Types of wood waste accepted as Grade D include – railway sleepers, transmission poles, fences and cooling towers.

How to dispose of Grade D ‘hazardous’ wood? This type of wood waste can only be disposed of at specialist facilities that are licensed to accept hazardous waste, such as our Canford Recycling Centre, Wimborne, Dorset.

How do you dispose of Grade D ‘hazardous woods’ safely?

The Environment Agency regulatory position statement (RPS 207), Classifying Waste Wood From Mixed Sources, specifies that you must segregate hazardous waste wood and consign it as hazardous. Consigned hazardous woods must be correctly transported and disposed of at an appropriate facility, such as our recycling centre in Wimborne.

Unable to transport your waste to a licensed facility? If you are a business or individual in Dorset with hazardous wood waste that requires disposal, we are able to collect the waste from your site or home and transport it to Canford Recycling Centre. For more information on our hazardous waste collection service, please call our knowledgeable hazardous waste experts on 01202 331560.

Railway sleepers, hazardous wood waste

Commercial Recycling can safely dispose of hazardous wood waste

Our local recycling centre in Wimborne, Dorset, can accept all major types of hazardous waste,  including: 

Common types of hazardous waste wood accepted at Canford Recycling Centre include:

  • Railway sleepers
  • Utility poles
  • Telegraph poles
  • Creosote wood waste
  • Demolition wood waste
  • CCA wood waste (chromated copper arsenate)
  • Tanalised wood waste (plywoods, chipboard and MDF)
  • Marine timber waste

If you have hazardous waste wood that you would like us to dispose of, or would like to know more, call our friendly team of experts on 01202 331560, or click to contact us online.

Fluorescent tube disposal near me in Dorset? How to dispose fluorescent tubes safely

Fluorescent tubes and fluorescent bulbs are classified by the UK Government as waste that is always hazardous. Essentially, this means that if they are not disposed of in a safe and compliant way, fluorescent lighting tubes can be harmful to the environment, wildlife and to people.

In England, you have a legal ‘duty of care’ to make sure that hazardous waste produced or handled by your business is managed in a manner that will cause no harm or damage.

In this article, we look at what makes fluorescent lighting potentially hazardous and how you can safely dispose of fluorescent tubes and bulbs in Dorset or Somerset.

Safe fluorescent tube disposal near you in Dorset and Somerset

If you’re looking for safe fluorescent tubes disposal in Dorset or Somerset, Commercial Recycling can help. If you’re in Dorset, our specialist facility, Canford Recycling Centre, near Wimborne in Dorset, is fully licensed to accept hazardous waste. Should you or your business be near Shepton Mallet, our Somerset Recycling Centre in Evercreech is a wise choice for fluorescent tube disposal in Somerset. Each of our facilities is easy to use and authorised to accept waste fluorescent lighting. 

Commercial Recycling take all necessary precautions to ensure that the waste tubes we accept for disposal are safely stored prior to transportation to a specialist recycling facility.

Why does fluorescent tube disposal need to be conducted safely?

Certain components within fluorescent tubes pose a danger to people, animals, and the environment, this is because fluorescent tubes contain small amounts of mercury, also commonly known as quicksilver, which is highly toxic.

If fluorescent tubes are disposed of incorrectly, for example, if they are placed in mixed waste, mercury could be released into the atmosphere and contaminate wildlife or water, increasing the risk of mercury poisoning in humans.

Did you know… mercury is most commonly dissipated into the atmosphere when it’s incinerated

How can I safely dispose of fluorescent tubes in Dorset or Somerset?

As with all hazardous waste, fluorescent tubes must be stored, collected and treated in accordance with strict guidelines, to ensure that they don’t cause harm.

Commercial Recycling can help you dispose of all hazardous waste, but please note, our hazardous waste disposal service must be pre-booked before arrival on site. For guidance on what hazardous and difficult wastes are accepted at our recycling centres, please contact our expert team on 01202 331560.

We strongly recommend all customers requiring hazardous waste disposal first contact our head office, by calling 01202 331560, before visiting either site. This is because our Southwood site is not licensed to accept all types of difficult waste.

If you require us to, we can arrange to collect the fluorescent tubes or bulbs from your premises by providing a hazardous waste removal service. When collecting your hazardous waste, in most cases, we will provide a specialist lightweight ‘fluorescent tube coffin’ that can be filled to allow the hazardous waste to be transported safely.

To enquire about hazardous waste collections in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and Somerset please contact the team on: 01202 331560 or enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

How to safely dispose of a broken fluorescent tube

In the event of any breakage, it’s really important to limit the number of people who are exposed to a broken or damaged fluorescent tube. If you do accidentally break or damage a fluorescent tube in your business premises, doing the following can help to keep everyone safe:

  • Ask anyone in the room to leave.
  • Turn off the air conditioning or central heating system to prevent any toxins from spreading further.
  • Open the window to air the room.
  • Transfer fragments of the broken tube into a disposable container; be careful not to touch the tube directly, use cardboard or paper to move it instead.
  • Collect smaller shards with sticky tape.
  • Avoid using a vacuum cleaner as the mercury powder can be spread the next time you hoover.

If you have a broken fluorescent tube that you need to dispose of, contact the Commercial Recycling team on 01202 331560, we are happy to advise on what you need to do to dispose of broken fluorescent tubes safely.

Fluorescent tube disposal for commercial contractors in Dorset and Somerset

If you are a commercial contractor that requires frequent fluorescent tube disposal in Dorset or Somerset, call our sales team on 01202 331560 to find out about the discounts we offer to tradespeople and contractors.

Hazardous waste advice and additional information

Our hazardous waste experts, onsite at Canford Recycling Centre, are able to provide free advice about safely disposing of fluorescent tubes to businesses, tradespeople and individuals. Click to contact our hazardous waste experts today for further advice, by calling 01202 331560 or email enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

Motor oil disposal near me in Dorset? How to safely dispose of motor oil

Motor oil is classed as a hazardous substance and therefore must be disposed of safely in accordance with the appropriate legislation. In this article, we illustrate a legal method to dispose of waste oil, which is both affordable and efficient. It also covers who to contact for free advice on motor oil disposal in Dorset.  

Why is motor oil hazardous?

Motor oil is hazardous due to the many contaminants that it picks up when it’s run through an engine such as lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, and benzene. These chemicals can be very harmful to humans, animals, and the environment.

Why should I dispose of motor oil properly?

In order to prevent waste motor oil ending up where it is not permitted or wanted it must be transported to a facility where it can be accepted and disposed of correctly. Depending on the local disposal site used, the waste oil will either be bulk stored and then transported to a specialist recycling centre for further treatment or it will be cleaned, refined and recycled onsite.

Did you know? If you are in possession of waste oil or materials contaminated with oils, it is your duty to take every step to ensure that the waste items are stored securely and transported safely and legally to a licensed disposal facility, such as Canford Recycling Centre.

How should I dispose of motor oil correctly?

Firstly, decant your unwanted motor oil into a suitable container, then get in touch with your local recycling centre to book in your disposal and/or collection service.

If you are in Dorset or Somerset, you can dispose of your waste oil through Commercial Recycling. For further information and contact details, please see our local recycling sites.

It’s important to remember what to do in the case of any spillages:

  1. Always wear gloves when dealing with motor oil
  2. Don’t use detergents or water when cleaning up motor oil spills because they can react with the hazardous substances
  3. Use an old rag to clean up the spillage, then dispose of the contaminated rag at the recycling centre along with your motor oil

Did you know that just one litre of motor oil can contaminate a massive one million litres of water? Be sure to recycle properly to avoid harmful pollution.*

Motor oil disposal with Commercial Recycling

Due to the hazardous nature of motor oil, we do require you to pre-book a disposal slot, ideally 24-hours prior to visiting one of our local recycling centres. If you’re unable to transport your waste motor oil to our recycling centre, we can pick it up for you.

For collection and disposal prices, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

*http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/publications/factsheet-why-we-should-recycle-used-motor-oil

Adam Neil joins our team

Adam Neil Business Development Manager Commercial Recycling

Experienced Business Development Manager joins local waste disposal organisation, Commercial Recycling

Adam Neil is the latest, highly skilled professional to join the management team of leading Dorset based recycling organisation, Commercial Recycling (CRL). 

The role of Business Development Manager will see Adam performing various important tasks at the specialist recycling facilities operated by CRL in Dorset and Somerset. Key areas of business operations Adam will oversee, and report to the Board of Directors about, include;

  • Recycling, recovery and disposal options
  • Tenders and bid management
  • New business opportunities for contracted waste disposal

To succeed in his new role, Adam will be drawing upon the many years he has spent working in leadership roles at significant businesses that include; Savills and New Earth Solutions. In addition to benefitting from Adam’s hands-on experience, CRL will also hope to gain an advantage in the tender application process with Adam having significant experience in Local Authority tendering and contract management.

“CRL is a forward-thinking and respected waste management service provider that is well-placed to continue to evolve to meet the needs of its current and future customers. I look forward to working with the CRL team to deliver the vision of a truly circular waste economy centred upon the principles of recovery and reuse.” – Adam Neil, Business Development Manager

“We are excited to have someone on board that understands the vision we have for the business in the next 5 years. Adam’s experience gives me a lot of confidence in how Commercial Recycling will grow in the future.” –  Ian Mariner, Director

With a solid foundation in place, a clear understanding of its target audiences and future investments already planned, Commercial Recycling is fast becoming a leader in the South West waste disposal sector. To learn more, please contact the team on 01202 331560.

Temporary closure of local Bournemouth Recycling Centre

Local tip, Millhams Community Recycling Centre, will be temporarily closing for a month to complete legally required drainage work. The work will be undertaken “in order to comply with the site’s environmental permit”.

How could the closure affect you or your business?

From Monday 13th August 2018 the Millhams site, which is located at Ringwood Rd, Bournemouth, BH11 9LQ, will be offering a limited service to local individuals and businesses.

During its period of limited operation, Millhams can accept some wastes but the tip will not be able accept the following waste streams:

  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard
  • Tyres
  • Gas cylinders

Following the time of providing a reduced service, the recycling centre will then be entirely closed from 24th September for 4 weeks until 21st October 2018. During this time, no waste will be accepted at Millhams tip, therefore customers will need to travel to alternative centres.

Read more about the closure on Bournemouth Echo and Bournemouth Borough Council.

Our local recycling centre is less than 10 minutes away!

To help overcome any issues caused by the closure of Millhams, businesses can benefit from the services offered at our Canford Recycling Centre, which is close to Wimborne, Bournemouth and Poole.

Our fully licensed recycling centre can accept a variety of waste streams including general waste, recyclables, hazardous waste, asbestos, plasterboard, tyres and gas cylinders. To see a full list of the waste we accept click here.

Waste streams accepted

Tipping of general waste is available from just £40.00+VAT

The site benefits from quick turnaround times and hard surfaces throughout making it suitable for most commercial vehicle types. If you have any questions about accessing our recycling centre, please give our team a call on 01202 331560 .

Visit our recycling centre near Bournemouth

We are less than 10 minutes from Millhams.

Address: Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 07:00 – 17:30 and Saturday 07:00 – 12:00

Further information

To view our waste disposal prices please click here. If you require any further information on waste disposal near Bournemouth, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly team on 01202 331560 .