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Hazardous waste can be harmful to people and nature (it’s in the name “Hazardous”).

All too often we see canisters discarded as if they’re an apple core, with no consideration for the damage they cause. When people aim to shift responsibility, it relies on businesses like Bywaters to clear the mess. But sometimes it can be too late.

It’s important to manage hazardous waste disposal properly for the safety of those who may come into contact with it. As a leading provider of expert hazardous waste disposal services, we understand the need for safe and responsible waste management practices.

Check out our insights into hazardous waste, so next time you know exactly what to do.

Understanding the Dangers of Hazardous Waste:

Hazardous waste covers a wide range of materials, including; chemicals, radioactive substances, explosive material, and more. Improper disposal of these can lead to severe consequences, such as pollution of soil, water, and air, endangering human health or harming our ecosystems.

Fly tipping hazardous material doesn’t come without risks. According to a statement from the Environment Agency (EA), one person was fined £368,000 following the illegal disposal of hazardous waste, which could have caused significant fires.

So, even if you don’t care about the environment, or other peoples health, you might want to think twice before getting a massive fine.

The different types of hazardous waste

Different materials will be treated in different ways.

We all know knowledge is power. So, understanding the different types of hazardous waste and what to do with them can help avoid a catastrophe:

What is Chemical Waste?

Chemical waste is a hazardous waste type that includes substances like:

Laboratory reagents

Improper disposal of chemical waste can result in soil contamination, water pollution, and harm to human health.

What is Heavy Metal Waste?

Heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic are toxic and can accumulate in the environment and the food chain. Improper disposal can lead to soil and water contamination, posing a threat to both ecosystems and human health.

What is Radioactive Waste

Radioactive materials from nuclear power plants, medical facilities, research laboratories, and industrial processes require careful handling and disposal. Exposure to radioactive waste can cause severe health issues, including radiation sickness, cancer, and genetic mutations.

What is Biological Waste

This includes infectious materials, such as medical waste from hospitals, clinics, and laboratories. Improper disposal of biological waste can lead to the spread of diseases and pose a risk to public health.

What is Flammable Waste

Flammable waste materials, including fuels, solvents, and certain chemicals, present a significant fire hazard. If not properly managed, flammable waste can lead to devastating fires, putting lives and the environment at risk.

What is Gas under Pressure Waste

This includes compressed gases stored in cylinders, such as propane, oxygen, and nitrogen. Mishandling or improper disposal of gas under pressure waste can result in explosions, causing serious injuries and property damage.

What is Explosive Waste

This category includes materials that are inherently explosive or reactive, such as fireworks, ammunition, and certain chemicals. Inadequate handling and disposal of explosive waste can lead to dangerous accidents, causing significant harm to individuals and the environment.

Corrosive Waste

Corrosive materials, including acids and alkalis, can cause severe damage to living tissues upon contact. Improper disposal of corrosive waste can lead to burns, pollution of water sources, and harm to wildlife.

Compliance and Safety

When it comes to hazardous waste, you can’t be too careful. Safety has to come first. Any reputable waste management company will have systems in place to make sure that waste is disposed of safely and sustainably.

At Bywaters, we prioritise compliance and safety in hazardous waste disposal. Our experienced team knows local regulations inside and out. By partnering with us, you can rest assured that your hazardous waste will be managed in full compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, mitigating the risks associated with improper handling and disposal.


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State-of-the-Art Disposal Facilities

Our state-of-the-art disposal facilities are equipped with advanced technologies and infrastructure to handle various types of hazardous waste.

We have dedicated areas and specialised processes for different waste categories, ensuring proper segregation and containment. Our facilities adhere to stringent environmental and safety standards, minimising the potential impact on the environment and human health.

We also collaborate with specialised partners to facilitate the recycling of hazardous waste that cannot be segregated on our premises.

Customised Waste Management Solutions

We understand that each organisation’s hazardous waste disposal needs are unique. That’s why we offer customised waste management solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

Our experts will conduct a thorough waste audit, assess the types and volumes of hazardous waste generated by your business, and design a comprehensive disposal plan that prioritises safety, efficiency, and compliance.

Environmental Sustainability

In addition to ensuring responsible waste disposal, we are deeply committed to environmental sustainability. We actively pursue opportunities for waste reduction, recycling, and resource recovery.

By employing innovative techniques like energy recovery from waste, we actively minimise the environmental impact associated with hazardous waste disposal while contributing to the principles of the circular economy.

It’s worth noting that your hazardous waste may contain valuable raw materials, such as lead and other types of metals, which can be recovered and reused in various industries.

Expert Guidance and Support

Choosing the right hazardous waste disposal partner is crucial. With our dedicated team of professionals, we offer expert guidance and support throughout the waste disposal process.

We collaborate closely with our clients, providing training, resources, and ongoing assistance to ensure a smooth and compliant waste management experience.

What London’s Waste Says About Us Report

Explore our report unveiling the insights from London’s waste, which highlights the pressing concerns regarding the improper disposal of hazardous items like vapes, batteries, and nitrous oxide (nos) canisters. The report sheds light on the detrimental behavioural shifts that have been observed.

In a nutshell

When it comes to hazardous waste disposal, it is imperative to prioritise safety, compliance, and environmental responsibility. By partnering with us, a trusted provider of expert hazardous waste disposal services, you can protect your business, the environment, and human health.

Our state-of-the-art facilities, customised waste management solutions, and commitment to sustainability set us apart. Take the first step toward a safer future by choosing our reliable and efficient hazardous waste disposal services.

Contact us today to learn more about our hazardous waste disposal solutions and how we can assist you in responsibly managing your hazardous waste.

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