So, you’ve recently started a business here in London and now you wonder how to deal with all the waste you produced since the UK is notorious for its complicated laws and regulations. By now you probably know that at a certain point you will need the help of a waste removal London company if you are not the kind of person who would just dump everything off the road late at night. Well then, you are at the right spot as we will try to throw some clarity on the whole waste management issue.
To know for sure if you are currently disposing of your commercial waste the right way, you need to ask yourself these questions:
#1. Do you have an agreement with an authorised waste carrier?
#2. Are you in possession of a controlled waste transfer note (which is used by the waste carrier) for the current financial year?
#3. After collection of waste, are your containers removed from the footway as soon as possible?
#4. Do you put your waste in containers appropriate for collection?
If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, not to mention if answered ‘no’ to all of them, then you are probably breaking the law and your business might suffer serious losses in the form of fines from the local government. And you surely don’t want to have any troubles with the authorities. So you better…
OBEY The Law – Duty of Care
So there’s this whole ‘Duty of Care’ law – according to the 1990 Environmental Protection Act all organisations must make everything in their power to handle waste correctly. This means you must:
#1. Keep Your Waste Safe and Sound
That’s right, it might be a pile of useless junk but you must watch over it like a famished vulture that spotted some roadkill. Another important requirement is to make sure the waste doesn’t pollute the environment or somebody’s home.
Also, you have to package your waste better than Christmas presents for your loved ones. You need to pick suitable containers that won’t allow the waste to fall out. Once packaged properly, keep the waste somewhere secure where animals and vandals won’t reach it.
#2. Contact A Reliable Waste Removal London Company
Find a reputable company that provides waste removal services in the capital. Make sure that it is fully authorised to collect, transport, and dispose of waste. You can even schedule regular visitations to your property if the amount of waste your business produces is pretty much the same for a certain period of time.
#3. The Consignment Note
A ‘consignment note’ is an official document that contains written description of the waste your business produced. It is also known as a ‘waste transfer note’ and you are obliged by law to offer a copy to the waste removal London company you are using. Also, you have to keep a copy for yourself and keep it in your record for a minimum period of twelve months.
What About Hazardous Waste?
Certain types of waste are classified as hazardous, meaning they hold serious dangers to human health and the environment. If you are not sure if the waste produced by your business is hazardous or not, you can always contact the Environmental Agency and ask for assistance. Examples of hazardous waste include:
– Solvents and acids
– Pesticides and other poisons
– Non-edible oils (such as car oil)
– Batteries and equipment that contains
– Anything that comes with a skull and crossed bones on its packaging
If you do produce hazardous waste after all, then there are certain steps you must follow to handle it properly. For instance, you must register your business premises and classify the type of waste you produce. Also there are certain safety measures you must take to store the dangerous refuse safely. You can find comprehensive instructions how to deal with hazardous commercial waste here: https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/producers-and-holders
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