There are alot of hazardous materials out there that you would think that would be perfectly fine putting straight into a skip and not having to think about it, this however is not always the case. There are a number of items that would need to be disposed of correctly at a landfill or your local waste sorting centre.
These items are classed as hazardous as they could not only have adverse effects on yourself, others around you but they could also have huge environmental repercussions. These items need to be closely monitored and made sure to be disposed of correctly before being tossed away.
What Items Would Be Classed As Hazardous?
This is a list of examples of items that would not be allowed to be thrown away into our skips.these include but are not limited to:
- Plasterboard - Due to legislation this item needs to be disposed of separately to general waste, this means we cannot accept this.
- Asbestos - this an extremely hazardous material that has been known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. If this is needing to be disposed of them the correct authority will need to be called out
- Paint cans with paint remaining - once emptied then can be included but the paint itself is hazardous.
- Mattresses - Due to legislation this item needs to be disposed of separately to general waste, this means we cannot accept this.
- Tyres - they cannot be put into a skip as they will need to be disposed of in a different manner.
- Fridges - Any electrical items will need to be disposed of at a waste disposal centre or by contacting the council
- Televisions - Any electrical items will need to be disposed of at a waste disposal centre or by contacting the council
How Can I Dispose Of Them?
Some hazardous waste can simply be sent to a landfill and disposed of in that area, empty cans should be rinsed a few times before being disposed of in recycling or general waste. According to government guidelines you have a “duty of care”
"You have responsibilities known as your ‘duty of care’. You must also meet extra requirements depending on whether you’re a waste:
- Producer or holder (you produce or store waste)
- Carrier (you collect and transport waste)
- Consignee (you receive waste, such as for recycling or disposal)”