The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the various waste management systems on a global, national and regional scale has been great. Due to staff shortages and health and safety measures put in place during lockdowns, in many countries, the efficiency and frequency of waste collection services have been compromised. Some special services were even shut down completely, such as reuse and on-demand waste services for the collection of bulky items.
Now that the world is getting back to business, with companies re-opening their doors and people in some sectors going back to work, waste management practices will need to be re-assessed.
New regulations for hazardous waste collection
In order to continue to prevent the spread of coronavirus, new legislation has been put in place. This covers things such as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for staff, new instructions for the sanitization of waste containers, vehicles and equipment, and social distancing measures for waste management workers.
What is hazardous waste?
The term hazardous waste covers a number of items including gas cylinders, tires, paint cans, fridges and freezers, asbestos-contaminated items, contaminated soil, electrical and electronic equipment, and waste oil.
Hazardous waste is an area of great concern as it is dangerous to keep hazardous waste at the site of production or at hazardous waste treatment facilities for longer than a couple of days. If it is, this could increase the likelihood of accidents and would pose a threat to people and the environment.
In order to comply with new, often complex, and hard to access regulations, an expert is required. This will ensure that you are able to meet the required legal obligations as a company and avoid being penalized. It will also ensure that you are protecting the safety and health of your staff and customers. This is more important than ever when it comes to areas such as asbestos waste disposal. New paperwork may need to be filled in, in addition to the introduction of new procedures. An expert will be able to make the process much easier for you, providing advice on the best way forward.
Why choose Stabler Waste Management?
We have over 60 years’ experience and are a trusted waste management service provider in East Yorkshire offering both domestic and commercial services. Not only do we offer competitive prices, but we are a family business that really cares about our customers. We are always more than happy to offer advice on all areas of waste management.
Contact us today for more information about how to effectively deal with hazardous waste management in line with COVID-19 regulations and best practice.