Hazardous waste may cause danger or harm to human health or the environment. Such waste includes oils, paints, refrigerating equipment and displays. Make sure that hazardous waste is properly treated and stored in your company. You should only deliver waste to consignees and transport companies that have the permits required for treating hazardous waste.
Under the Waste Act, all waste that because its properties may cause danger or harm to human health or environment is considered hazardous waste. Hazardous waste may be flammable, explosive, infectious or toxic.
The most common types of waste are listed in the Waste Decree. The common types of waste that are hazardous are also given in the list. There are many different types of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste includes wood preservatives, oils, paints, solvents, refrigerating equipment and computer displays.
If a type of waste is classified as hazardous in the Waste Decree, it must also be treated as hazardous waste. On certain conditions and on a case-by-case basis, ELY Centres can grant exemptions from the classification used in the Waste Decree.
If your company generates hazardous waste as part of its operations, you must treat and store the waste in a proper manner.
You must provide your employees with detailed instructions on how hazardous waste should be treated in normal situations and when problems arise. You must keep records of hazardous waste and make sure that you have the necessary permits.
You must store all hazardous waste separately from other waste and clearly mark the storage locations. You should be particularly careful with the storage of substances that must not get into contact with each other.
Pack all hazardous waste appropriately. The name of the waste holder, type of the waste and (on a case-by-case basis) all necessary information and warnings must be given on the package.
Make sure that the packaging is secure and can be securely re-closed. It must be able to endure the strain and load arising from normal use, transport and storage. The packaging material must not react with the waste.
Never mix hazardous waste with other waste or substances. Also make sure that you do not store hazardous waste for long periods.
You must keep detailed records of the hazardous waste generated in your company. The type and amount of the waste and the way in which you treat the waste must be stated in the records.
If you have delivered the waste, you must also enter the names of the consignee and driver, as well as their contact details. You may only deliver the waste to consignees and transport companies that have the required permits for treating hazardous waste.
When your company delivers hazardous waste, you must prepare a separate shipping document for the process. The shipping document must accompany the waste throughout the waste shipment process. After that it must be given to the waste consignee. You must keep a copy of the shipment document for three years after the shipment.
When you deliver hazardous waste directly to the consignee, the responsibility for the waste management is also transferred to the consignee. If you deliver hazardous waste to a party other than the designated consignee (such as a transport company), you and the party in question are responsible for organising the waste management.