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Hazardous waste testing

Hazardous Waste FAQs

Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about hazardous waste from Biffa. Contact us today if you have any queries about our waste collection services.

  • What is considered to be hazardous waste?

    Common types of hazardous waste include batteries, aerosols, fluorescent tubes, paint, solvents, clinical waste and oils. 

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  • Why is waste hazardous?

    Under environmental legislation, waste is considered ‘hazardous’ if it contains or has properties that could be harmful to human health or the environment. 

  • How long does it take to have my hazardous waste collected

    Once the service has been booked, it will take up to 10 working days to have the waste collected. 

  • In what kind of bins can I store my hazardous waste?

    Hazardous waste can be stored in waste safe, IBC containers, drums, WEEE bags, battery boxes, fluorescent tube pipes or pallet boxes. For more information on what kind of hazardous waste can go into each container, please check our bin range page.

  • How is hazardous waste transported?

    Hazardous Waste can only be collected by a holder of a Waste carriers License who will often require a dangerous goods licence and for the waste to be in UN Approved Containers. Please note that if the container is damaged or leaking, the waste cannot be collected.

  • How long can hazardous waste be hold on premises?

    If you are the producer of Hazardous Waste, it can be stored up to 12 months on the production site. 

  • Can I put hazardous waste in my general waste bin?

    No, general waste bins should be used only for waste that cannot be put into a food waste bin or recycling bin. Environmental legislation prohibits the mixing of hazardous and non-hazardous waste without a suitable permit. 

  • How can I dispose of hazardous waste?

    At Biffa, we can collect and process anything, from a small volume of clinical materials to drummed wastes and IBCs. Our hazardous waste service is flexible and built around your waste management needs. Get a quote online for your hazardous waste collection service today in just a few minutes or fill in our enquiry form and one of our team members will get in touch with you!

  • How is hazardous waste stored?

    Hazardous waste needs to be store in a secure container at all times. For more information on hazardous waste containers, please check our bin range page.

  • Why should hazardous waste be separated?

    Hazardous wastes should be stored separately at all times if possible. As some types of hazardous waste are inflammable, hazards at the workplace could be created. Moreover, mixing hazardous waste with a non-hazardous waste is prohibited without a suitable permit being in place. Also, mixing of hazardous waste could lead to a reaction from incompatible materials.  

  • Which are the hazardous waste regulations?

    To find out more about hazardous waste regulations, please click here. 

  • Do I need to keep my hazardous waste collection documents?

    Yes, you will need to keep all paperwork for up to 3 years. If needed, our team can provide you with copies.

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