Safe waste management practices are important, however it is even more critical to manage hazardous waste effectively. Hazardous waste is often filled with chemicals that can cause harm to both the environment and human health. If not disposed of and handled correctly, these chemicals can cause hazardous waste problems and can leach into the environment and waterways, causing contamination.
It is important that all hazardous waste disposal practices comply with both state and national regulations. This is to ensure that all businesses respect their corporate social responsibility and manage their waste appropriately.
What is hazardous waste?
Most businesses inevitably produce hazardous waste. Examples include solvent-based paints, pesticides, batteries, and cleaning chemicals. Some hazardous waste is specific to its industry. This includes petrol, motor oils and kerosene, which are mostly produced in automotive businesses.
Medical waste is also considered hazardous, however this can also be categorised further, including clinical, cytotoxic, pharmaceutical, and anatomical.
It’s important to segregate your hazardous waste, just as you do with regular and recycling waste. Avoid mixing chemicals, as disposing of them in the same bid can often be dangerous, not only to the person handling the waste, but also to the environment once its removed from your workplace.
To do so, create a separate bin for each stream of waste and label each waste container to avoid mixing or contaminating. Not only should hazardous waste be segregated from regular waste, it should also be segregated from other hazardous waste. It’s important to keep this in mind as some industries and businesses produce a number of different streams.
For example, medical waste should be placed in a separate bin to cleaning products. In fact, the different streams of medical waste means that they each need to be segregated even further.
Segregating your waste also makes it easier for your waste management provider to remove your rubbish beyond your business or facility.
Hire a trusted waste management specialist
Not only does safe waste management include the practices upheld in your business, but it also relies on the waste management provider that you hire. While you are responsible for disposing of the waste in your business, your provider is responsible for removing it and ensuring that it is handled correctly and in a way that is not harmful to the environment.
When hiring a specialist, it’s helpful to read reviews and discuss their most eco-friendly solutions to manage your waste. You want to make sure that the provider is reputable and that your safe disposal practices are not going to waste once the rubbish leaves your business or facility.
Are you looking for a trusted waste management company? Nationwide Waste Solutions offers both cost-effective and sustainable solutions for your business. For more information, call us on 1300 729 922 or contact us here.
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