Chemical manufacturing waste and hazardous waste


Chemical manufacturing businesses produce waste that can have a harmful impact on the environment, such as process residues, spent catalysts or solvents, effluent treatment sludges and contaminated chemical containers.

The chemical industry includes producers of commodity chemicals such as organic and inorganic chemicals and industrial gases, and speciality chemicals such as pharmaceutical products and essential oils. It also includes mixing, blending, diluting or converting basic chemicals to make chemical products and preparations, eg paints, pesticides, inks, detergents and cosmetics.

Waste from your business can cause pollution if you do not manage it correctly. You must comply with your duty of care when you dispose of all wastes.

Reducing the waste your business produces can help you to comply with your legal obligations, reduce purchasing and waste disposal costs, and reduce the risk of pollution incidents.

This guide explains your responsibilities for dealing with waste, including hazardous waste. It also includes guidance on how you can reduce waste and manage the waste production process.

Important: Businesses in the chemical sector should take steps now to prepare for a no deal Brexit.

You can find the latest no deal Brexit preparation guidance for the chemical industry on the HSE website.