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Common Questions & Answers

From understanding what is classed as hazardous waste to knowing how to dispose of old electrical equipment, we understand that waste disposal can be a confusing subject for many people and businesses. So to help you and steer you in the right direction when it comes to waste disposal, we have collected some common questions we get asked and answered them.

But if you have a question that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on the details below.

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  • What Locations Do You Serve?

    Despite being located in the North Yorkshire countryside, we operate throughout North Yorkshire and the North East. We have customers reaching from Newcastle, Teesside, Middlesbrough to Durham, Leeds & York. Please get in touch with our team to see if we can assist you.

  • What Is Hazardous Waste?

    Waste is defined as hazardous waste if it is classified as hazardous in the European Waste Catalogue. Waste is generally hazardous if it is harmful to human health or the environment. Want further information, click here to visit the government website and their advice on hazardous waste.

  • What Types Of Hazardous Waste Are There?

    Examples of hazardous waste include:

    • asbestos
    • chemicals, eg brake fluid or print toner
    • vehicle and other lead-acid batteries solvents
    • pesticides
    • electrical equipment with potentially harmful components such as cathode ray tubes, eg computer monitors and televisions
    • fluorescent light tubes and energy-saving light bulbs
    • oils (except edible ones), eg car oil
    • equipment containing ozone depleting substances, eg fridges
    • hazardous waste containers
    • flammable substances
    • oxidising agents
  • How Do I Check If My Waste Is Hazardous?

    Hazardous waste is defined by the European Waste Catalogue (EWC). The EWC has a six-digit code for all types of waste. Hazardous waste is identified in the EWC with an asterisk.

    The EWC contains two kinds of hazardous waste entry:

    • Absolute’ entries are always hazardous. Examples include waste from the manufacture of specified acids, inorganic wood preservatives, and nickel cadmium batteries.
    • ‘Mirror’ entries are only considered hazardous if they contain a certain hazardous component, or more than a specified amount of a hazardous substance. Examples include some wastes containing arsenic or mercury or displaying hazardous properties such as flammability.

    Many non-hazardous waste entries may also form part of a mirror entry. If this is the case you need to consider whether your waste contains hazardous components before you use a non-hazardous waste code.

    Find out how to assess whether your waste is hazardous on the Government  website here

  • What Types Of Hazardous Waste Materials Can You Dispose Of?

    As licensed hazardous waste carriers, we are certified to transport and dispose of the following hazardous waste streams:

    • Chemical waste disposal
    • Clinical waste disposal
    • Contaminated water disposal
    • Contaminated soil remediation & disposal
    • Cosmetic waste disposal
    • Fat and grease disposal
    • IBC disposal and recycling
    • Laboratory Chemicals Disposal
    • Liquid Waste Disposal
    • Oil Filter Disposal
    • Oily Rag Disposal
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal
    • Paint Waste Disposal
    • Pesticide Disposal
    • Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal
    • WEEE Waste
    • Plasterboard Disposal

    Thanks to our many years’ experience and amazing industry contacts, we have the ability to deal with a variety of waste materials – both hazardous and non-hazardous. Call us on 01609 760640 and we will be able to advise you on the best waste to dispose of your waste materials.

  • Do You Provide All The Relevant Documentation?

    Yes as standard practice we ensure that once your waste has been collected and our waste disposal team are still on site, you will receive the relevant signed documentation from us.

  • What Types Of Businesses Do You Work With?

    We have safely and effectively dealt with waste for a variety of organisations ranging from industrial manufacturers, food processing plants and facilities management, to pharmaceutical organisations schools and oil & gas refineries.

    We are also experts in site clearances, warehouse clearances and the cleaning up of spillages.

  • Do You Have A Limit On How Much Waste You Can Remove?

    No. We have a fleet of specialist vehicles that can safely dispose of any waste materials. Call us on 01609 760640 and we will be able to advise the most suitable disposal method for your waste from bulk tankering to removing drummed waste.

  • What Are The Benefits Of Water Jetting?

    • It is a safer method of cleaning hazardous areas
    • environmentally-safe method used to handle cleaning in a variety of industrial applications
    • Water jetting is environmentally friendly as it does not produce hazardous water products often found in the manufacturing process
    • water jetting uses small amounts of water, which can be recycled using a closed loop system.
    • Reduces the release of fumes and contaminants from materials such as fiberglass and asbestos, thereby creating a safer environment for your personnel.
  • What Is The Difference Between High Pressure & Ultra High Pressure Water Jetting?

    The major difference between the two is simply the amount of pressure that is applied to your cleaning surface. With high pressure water jetting, we are generally working at pressures of 120psi to 45000 psi which cleans a wide range of surfaces rapidly. When working at ultra-high pressure jetting, our skilled team are working at pressures of 40000psi.

  • Why Can’t I Use A Normal Skip For My Hazardous Waste?

    It is illegal to dispose hazardous waste within general waste skips, as hazardous waste requires special treatment before it is recycled or disposed. We provide solutions that are safe to both yourself and the environment and we ensure that your waste is disposed of safely and as per the current legislations.

  • What Types Of Waste Can I Put In The Skip?

    • Sand,
    • Wood
    • Metal
    • Plastics
    • Glass
    • Rubble
    • Soil
    • Brick
    • Concrete
    • Hard core
    • General Waste

    If you are unsure about the kind of waste you need to remove, or would like more information about our asbestos disposal and hazardous waste services then simply call us on 01609 760640 for advice.

  • How Much Do Your Skips Cost?

    Skips are charged by duration of hire and by size required. In order for us to give you a quote, we need to know how long you’d like to hire a skip and the type of project you’re working on, so that we can guide you as to skip size. Please call us on 01609 760640 and we’ll be pleased to help.

  • What Size Skips Are Available?

    From open and closed skips and  Rear End Loaders to Roll On / Roll Off Containers, our wide range of waste storage options ensures that we can supply you with skips and containers to meet your specific needs.

  • What Happens To My Waste That You Collect?

    We work with local waste disposal organisations who are all accredited to dispose of your waste safely and in the most environmentally friendly route possible.

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