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Hazardous and contaminated waste is an issue that continues to present itself on building sites, and once hazardous materials have been detected, it can change an entire development plan. Ecofficiency can provide a safe, compliant and cost effective solution for this waste stream.

What is hazardous and contaminated waste?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that waste is hazardous when it contains substances that are harmful to human health or the environment, although it is not required to have an immediate effect. Businesses have a responsibility for handling hazardous waste, however, their duty of care will depend on whether they are a producer or holder, carrier or a consignee. Ecofficiency can provide a safe, compliant and cost effective solution for this waste stream, using their pre-approved and compliant supply chain of over 1,000 service providers.

Hazardous substances can come in various forms which could include solids, liquids, vapours, gases, and micro-organisms. However, under certain conditions a substance can exist in more than one form at the same time, which means businesses must be correctly equipped to handle them. It has been reported that we produce 400 million tonnes of hazardous waste each year globally — that’s 13 tonnes every second. As this figure has significantly increased over time, governments around the world are applying pressure on businesses to keep waste to a minimum through the encouragement of prevent, reuse, recycle or recovery of waste, in that specific order. This is known as The Waste Hierarchy.

How should hazardous waste be handled?

Hazardous waste must be sorted and stored differently to general waste, with a focus on safety and security. Once stored away, you must make sure that your waste is secure and labelled appropriately so that it can be easily identified. To prevent any contamination on your site, sealed containers are recommended to prevent any leakage onto other areas of the site – Ecofficiency is able to provide containers which are fully compliant to the Hazardous Waste Regulations. As well as the physical precautions you put in place, you must keep records to make sure that everything is accounted for. When Ecofficiency comes to collect your hazardous and contaminated waste we will ensure that all of the correct paperwork is completed ready for you to sign. This will then be stored on our industry-leading portal for your convenience.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to hazardous and contaminated waste on your next development project. Make sure you’re prepared ahead of your next build by letting Ecofficiency take control by analysing your site requirements before putting plans in place.

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