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How to dispose of hazardous waste

Any product which may cause harm to people or the environment is considered hazardous. Waste of this kind can be found in both solid, liquid and gas form and fines of up to £5,000 can be issued to anyone who breaks the law by incorrectly disposing of hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste comes in many forms and a lot of items can be found within the home, such as:

  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • White spirit
  • Glue
  • Gas cylinders
  • Asbestos
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Weed killers

clip_image002If you wish to dispose of any products like this you should take them to your local recycling centre so they can be disposed of correctly and you should never put items of this kind in your rubbish bin or pour any hazardous liquids down the drain. Hazardous waste needs to be disposed of correctly because the chemicals can contaminate soil, the local water supply and pollute the air we breathe.

Asbestos is particularly harmful causing deadly lung diseases and up until recently it was a product that was widely used in buildings. If you discover asbestos in your home or business premises it must be safely removed by a licensed contractor and it will then be disposed of as hazardous waste. The property owner is responsible for ensuring that asbestos is disposed of safely so that the material does not endanger themselves, their family, employees or anyone else who is likely to come into contact with the material.

At LSPS we do not dispose of hazardous waste but you can take this kind of waste to one of the household waste recycling centres in Leicestershire. For more information on our waste recycling and waste disposal services please click here or contact us on 0800 083 7807.

Is recycling part of your New Year resolutions?

imageQuitting smoking, losing weight and giving up alcohol are perhaps the most common New Year resolutions. An easy to achieve addition could be to live a little greener and recycle more.

A good place to start is not to throw out your old tech equipment. Kindles, iPads, smart phones and HD TV’s are at the top of many people’s wish lists and you may have received some of these as a Christmas gift or picked up a bargain in the sales. However, you should not discard your old tech so hastily. Products such as these often contain toxic chemicals, take up a lot of room in landfill sites and most importantly may contain materials that are reusable. You should firstly consider selling the product or donating it to a charity, but if it is broken there are companies who will take it off your hands and refurbish it or strip it back for parts.

Clothing is another area you could address. If you have clothes that you are never going to wear again consider donating them to charity so someone else can benefit from them. There should be clothing & shoe recycling bins located at the majority of local recycling centres and making a donation can be a great way of freeing up some space in your wardrobe.

General household recycling is fairly straight forward once you have things prepared but you can make the process easier by buying products that can be recycled. Paper, plastic, metal and glass can all be recycled so when you’re shopping consider what the packaging is made from and if it can be easily recycled. Many products are now made from recycled materials which will be highlighted by a label and purchasing these products is a great way to limit the amount of raw materials being used.

To reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill sites, LSPS is dedicated to recycling every possible item. For more information on our waste recycling and waste disposal services please click here or contact us on 0800 083 7807 to find out how we can help.

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