Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous waste is something which is being increasingly regulated and not following correct disposal regulations can come at a very large cost. Holding, producing or removing hazardous waste without a licence can earn you a £5000 fine. In the UK fines for the illegal storage of hazardous waste has seen companies fined over £1,000,000 and the directors responsible imprisoned. In cases overseas fines have been even larger, in June 2013 Wal-Mart were fined $82,000,000 for illegally dumping hazardous waste.

GPT Environmental can offer assistance in all aspects of hazardous waste:

Hazardous Waste Permitting

Our environmental consultants are experienced in assisting with applications related to hazardous waste.Your hazardous waste responsibilities will vary depending on where you are in the UK, for example in Wales if you produce hazardous waste you are legally obliged to register your sites as hazardous waste producers with Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Hazardous Waste Classification & Characterisation

Accurately classifying your hazardous waste is one of the most important factors in hazardous waste compliance. If you classify your waste incorrectly you could be breaking the law and face prosecution.You may also end up substantially overpaying for your hazardous waste disposal if it is classified inaccurately. We are experienced in the accurate classification of waste to ensure you meet all legal obligations in the most cost effective manner; we have saved numerous companies money by reclassifying waste to allow it to be disposed of as non-hazardous waste or at a cheaper disposal option.

Our skill base includes staff with Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) qualifications at the highest levels.

Hazardous Waste Collection & Disposal

We are experienced collecting and disposing of most hazardous wastes. Our staff are trained i9n chemical handling and are able to safely repackage hazardous waste if necessary. We can remove it from site under our upper tier carrier broker dealer licence. Following our waste disposal you will be provided with a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note to verify the waste has been disposed of correctly.

Having a thorough understanding of the complex issues surrounding waste classification and many years’ experience of negotiating with an array of treatment and transfer facilities, has allowed us to source low cost disposal options for our clients, providing both significant savings and improved environmental performance.

GPT are adept in the collection of all hazardous waste including:

  • Potentially lethal toxic substances e.g. Cyanide
  • Extremely strong acids e.g. Sulphuric Acid pH 1
  • Extremely strong alkalis e.g. Sodium Hydroxide pH 14
  • Highly oxidising/explosive chemicals
  • Asbestos
  • Extremely hard to remove substances e.g. Heavy Fuel Oil
  • We are happy to perform one off jobs or collect regular waste streams.

In addition to the services listed above our hazardous waste services include:

  • Hazardous substance spill clean up
  • WAC reporting
  • Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) waste collection and disposal
  • Evaluating treatment options for hazardous waste.
Collection of fly tipped hazardous waste.

Extracts from legislation and guidance

"Waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • asbestos
  • chemicals, eg brake fluid or print toner
  • batteries
  • solvents
  • pesticides
  • oils (except edible ones), eg car oil
  • equipment containing ozone depleting substances, eg fridges
  • hazardous waste containers"

Government advice - Hazardous waste

"You must follow these steps in England if your business:

  • produces hazardous waste
  • holds or stores hazardous waste
  • has hazardous waste removed from its premises
  1. Classify your waste to check if it’s hazardous.
  2. Separate and store hazardous waste safely.
  3. Use authorised businesses to collect, recycle or dispose of your hazardous waste – check that waste carriers are registered and waste sites have environmental permits.
  4. Fill in the parts of the consignment note that apply to you – keep one copy and give 2 copies to the carrier collecting your waste.
  5. Keep records (known as a ‘register’) for 3 years at the premises that produced or stored the waste."

Government advice - Hazardous waste

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ABOUT US

GPT head office is based in South Wales and covers all areas of South Wales, West Wales and Mid Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend, Newport, Port Talbot, Powys, Llanelli, Neath, Pembrokeshire and Aberystwyth.

We also cover the South West of England including Bristol, Plymouth, Bath, Gloucester, Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Worcester, Southampton and Swindon.

We also operate across the midlands, London, Birmingham, Leicester, Northampton, Derby, Stoke, Nottingham, Coventry, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Slough, Heathrow, Leatherhead and Surrey.