We always hear about how important it is to competently get rid of our waste in the correct manner; whether that’s through proper recycling or checking what can or can’t go down to the local tip. However, there are some materials that, if dealt with, could cause serious problems both to people and the surrounding environment.
Known as ‘hazardous waste’ by the government, this category will cover anything from oils and batteries to substances that pose a significant risk like asbestos. It may seem obvious as to why these need to be handled by a professional, however, their effects can also be extremely far-reaching. With this in mind, we look at why it’s so important to dispose of hazardous waste properly.
The human impact
When it comes to hazardous waste, there are different categories to help you define whether it needs specialist attention, from toxic to corrosive. Asbestos is a prime example of an extremely hazardous material that has an infamous history of being extremely lethal to humans.
If asbestos is not taken care of by a professional, you could be putting yourself at risk of debilitating and sometimes fatal lung diseases. Also, with its prevalent use throughout the construction industry until as late as 1999, asbestos is still present in many buildings across the UK, meaning it is imperative that it is properly removed.
The environmental impact
Unfortunately, the immediate effect to people that hazardous waste can have isn’t the only issue; the local environment can really suffer from improper waste management as well.
In the short term, hazardous waste will affect the ground soil and water, poisoning the surrounding wildlife and killing off plants. Materials like batteries or solvents are prime examples of this, seeping into local ecosystems and decimating them.
In the long term, however, improper waste management contributes to the serious continuation of global warming, with chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS) found in fridges directly contributing to the widening ozone layer.
You carry the risks
If none of the above is enough to give you the impetus to properly dispose of hazardous waste, maybe the stringent regulations regarding its removal will. Since 2005, a larger proportion of materials and items have been deemed hazardous and improper disposal can lead to fines of thousands of pounds or even prosecution.
Work with the waste specialists at Doncaster Skip Hire
When it comes to using a skip, it’s important that you understand what can and cannot go in it. Dangerous materials that require specialist removal will need to be dealt with differently. When using our skips, you will have a team of experts on hand to advise you on how to properly use our products ensuring that you will never be caught out.
Find out more about how we can help you with your waste disposal by getting in touch with our team on 01302 246 410.