Hazardous waste, produced or handled by businesses, needs to be disposed of in a safe manner. You must follow the set procedures to ensure the dangers do not cause damage or harm in England.
The duties and licences are in place to reduce its detrimental impact. This section explains the different processes for managing hazardous waste generated by business (e.g. industry and manufacturing).
There are responsibilities (called 'duty of care') for owners of any business that produces or handles hazardous waste.
You also need to follow additional requirements. So, your exact duties will depend on whether you are:
European and UK requirements on importing and exporting waste govern how you can ship waste into or out of the United Kingdom.
Note: This guide focuses on managing hazardous waste in England. But, some of the rules will vary in Scotland, Wales, and in Northern Ireland.
As a rule, the Environment Agency will consider waste as hazardous if it (or the material or substances contained in it) are harmful to humans or to the environment. Typical examples of hazardous waste items include:
Note: Another section explains how to classify business waste so you know how to manage it according to the law and dispose of it safely.
Strict regulations govern the activities of hazardous waste carriers and dealers in England. Many of the collection and transport rules differ to those when moving inert or non-hazardous waste.
The section explains:
You will find further guidance and information on:
The regulations that govern the activities of hazardous waste producers and holders are stringent. Extra requirements apply to certain situations (e.g. if you receive, treat, or dispose of waste).
The section provides further guidance on:
Important: Your local council will have further information about asbestos in your home and how you can dispose of it in a safe manner.
How to Deal with Hazardous Waste from Your Business in United Kingdom