Hazardous Waste Disposal (UK, and Worldwide) can cause problems for businesses who generate waste. To deal with this problem, most companies hire specialists that have both trained and experienced staff as well as equipment and machinery. Read here!
In some cases, the collection and disposal of hazardous materials is required because they are generated during a certain process (such as rig decommissioning). Some industries produce hazardous wastes in their daily business, including the oil, gas and chemical industries. Each of these wastes must be dealt safely and correctly.
Specialised companies must be on standby 24 hours, 7 days a week to deal with any hazardous waste that may occur as a consequence of an unexpected spill. You must ensure that the company is able and willing to act quickly.
First the hazardous wastes should be collected. The waste must be collected on site and stored temporarily in containers before transfer to storage. These storage areas can typically accept large quantities and segregate mixed waste as required. Hazardous waste from the oil sector includes drilling muds, cuttings and oiled water. Oily water, which is oil mixed with water, can be separated. Two parts require different treatment. Oil-contaminated soils must be cleaned and disposed.
Companies who have been contracted to manage waste will need to be licensed in order to move and treat contamination. In addition, the company must be able to provide trained and experienced staff for any cleaning, disposal and collection operations that are required. According to the Environment Agency, UK companies who produce hazardous or contaminated materials in excess of 500kg or 500l in one year must register. A waste disposal company registered in the UK will be required to provide their services as part of any contract.