Hazardous waste

Introduction

How to deal with hazardous waste

Waste is considered to be hazardous if it (or any material it contains) is harmful to humans or the environment for example; asbestos, chemicals, batteries, solvents, pesticides etc.

Disposing of hazardous waste correctly
Instead of burning materials you need to arrange for them to be taken away to a proper waste disposal site. You can either:

  • take the rubbish to the disposal site yourself or,
  • arrange for an authorised carrier to take it for you - they will arrange for you to complete and sign a transfer note (this is extremely important)

The transfer note is so that no-one can arrange to take waste and then dump it illegally. If this happened then you would be held partly responsible under the law unless you had properly checked the waste carrier's credentials and signed a transfer note.

Don't be tempted to fly tip any waste
Fly tipping is a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of £20,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment in the Magistrates Court, or unlimited fines and up to 2 years imprisonment at Crown Court. The maximum sentence is even higher (5 years) for dumping special waste which may be harmful to health.

For more hazardous waste advice, visit the Environment Agency.

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