Depending on the type of job you are carrying out, it is not uncommon to come across something known as hazardous waste. Unfortunately, traditional disposal methods are not suitable for these materials which means that it is important that people recognise when they are and aren’t dealing with hazardous items. Read on as the PWM Skip Hire team go over everything you need to know about disposing of materials that are considered hazardous…
What is Hazardous Waste?
Since hazardous waste can come in a variety of different forms, people need to be able to identify the different types. As a general rule, hazardous waste is classified as anything that can harm the environment and this means that it includes oil-based paints, asbestos, petrol and diesel, car batteries, fridges and freezers and even televisions.
What are the Major Problems with Hazardous Waste?
The main problem that people have with disposing of hazardous waste is that it cannot be thrown in the bin with everyday waste because it is very likely to end up in a landfill where it can wreak havoc on the environment. In fact, poisoned water sources, weakened soil and destroyed animal habitats are just a few reasons why hazardous materials are deemed too unsafe for traditional disposal methods.
Since hazardous materials have the ability to cause such an upset to the balance of the environment, they are also unsuitable for disposal in a skip. After all, these materials have to be handled very carefully and disposed of in an extremely specific way in accordance with many health and safety regulations. In fact, if hazardous materials are found in a skip, the hire company are allowed to refuse removal of the contents.
When it comes to the disposal of different materials, it is important to follow the law and ensure that as much of the items are reused as possible. After all, the majority of items thrown in a skip are perfectly suitable for recycling. With this said, hazardous waste is a whole other ball game which is why it requires a strict and separate recycling facility. To find out more information about disposing of different materials, get in contact with the best skip hire Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the PWM Skip Hire team today!