Guide

Dealing with hazardous waste

Introduction

Waste is considered to be hazardous when it might be harmful to human health or the environment. As well as chemicals, oil and asbestos, hazardous waste also includes materials such as waste electrical equipment which contain potentially harmful components such as cathode ray tubes or energy-saving light bulbs and printer cartridges.

If your business produces hazardous waste you must comply with legal obligations that control how you store, transport, treat and dispose of it.

This guide explains what hazardous waste is and what you need to do to comply with your legal responsibilities. It also suggests measures that you can take to reduce the amount of hazardous waste that you produce, which can save you money on disposal costs and reduce your impact on the environment.