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Hazardous waste

What is hazardous waste

Waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. Examples include asbestos, clinical waste, solvents, pesticides, batteries, waste paint and thinners, fluorescent tubes, chemicals, brake fluid and equipment containing ozone depleting substances e.g. fridges. 

If your business produces, handles, stores or deals hazardous waste it is your responsibility to dispose of it safely. This is known as your duty of care; your responsibility to deal with waste safely from the moment you produce it to giving it to a licensed waste business. There are different regulations depending on whether your business produces, stores, transports or disposes of hazardous waste. For further information about Hazardous waste, visit the Gov.uk website. Failure to comply with the duty of care can lead to fines from the environment agency and claims for negligence. 

If you have any questions about hazardous waste please contact the Environment Agency at enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 03708 506 506.