Is your business risking lives (and fines) by including hazardous everyday items in its general waste? Cawelys’ Hazbox is the ideal solution.
Recently, one of our general waste collections had to be unexpectedly halted due to the outbreak of fire in our refuse lorry. After noticing the fire, our quick-thinking driver promptly emptied the load and extinguished the fire, making use of the safety equipment on board.
Disaster was averted but the situation could have been far worse and could result in penalties for those responsible for the hazardous contamination.
Do you know which items are hazardous?
Hazardous waste isn’t only produced by large scale industries. Small businesses, commercial offices and in fact, any type of business may be producing hazardous waste without even realising it.
Placing hazardous items in general waste can be dangerous, not only for those collecting the waste, but also for your business. Items such as batteries, aerosol cans, bleach, paint and oils are all highly flammable and pose a significant fire risk.
The sensible (and legal) solution is to segregate these items and keep them contained. Ensuring they are kept separate from card and paper and are stored and collected in carefully marked storage box can drastically reduce the need for concern.
Know your obligations
All business, regardless of size or structure, have responsibility to dispose of hazardous items in line with regulations. The reasons for this are not only related to health and safety, they are also environmental. Indeed, the latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Guidance specifically states that all waste producers need to handle common hazardous items separately. Cawleys’ Hazbox is the perfect solution.
Cawleys’ branded Hazbox is a small safe container that is collected monthly on a fixed price subscription basis, providing a low-cost way for hazardous waste to be stored and collected.
Hazardous items include:
- Non-foaming aerosols
- Cleaners/detergents (including corrosive and irritants)
- Insecticides and pesticides e.g.: fly spray
- Paint tins water based and flammable
- Light Bulbs
- Oil contaminated solids
- Oil filters
- Empty tins/containers containing hazardous residue e.g. flammable paints or corrosive cleaners
- Toner Cartridges
- NiCad batteries
- Alkali batteries
- NiMH batteries
If you want to discover how affordable it is to ensure your hazardous waste is both safe and compliant, get in touch today.