1.53 million tonnes of hazardous waste is delivered annually to treatment facilities in Norway. The figure has doubled since 1999 and is rising by a few per cent for each passing year. It is the responsibility of the company to take care of what they themselves produce, and it should not be sorted with other types of waste. There are strict rules for delivery, declaration and transport, but what is hazardous waste and how should it be handled?
Hazardous waste contains hazardous substances and should be handled in a responsible manner to avoid environmental emissions and hazardous substances to humans and animals. It is defined by the Norwegian Environment Agency as:
"Waste that cannot be appropriately handled with other household waste or nutrient waste because it can cause serious contaminants or risk of harm to people or animals."
It can be both liquid and solid materials. In the European Waste List (EAL), you can find the list of waste that must comply with the regulations. Here are some types that are categorised as hazardous waste:
· Liquid alkalis
· Industrial chemicals
· Industrial cleaners
· Oil spill
· Wax and fat waste
· Radioactive sludge
· Paints, varnishes, ink
· Acidic tar
· Sulfuric acid
· Brake fluid
· Aerosol spray cans
· Smoke detector
Hazardous waste must be sent for recycling at various treatment facilities, and there are strict requirements for safe declaration, sorting, packaging and transport. The waste should be stored in its own container, not accessible to the public, have clear marking, and should be packaged and stored securely. The rules for handling are stated in chapter 11 of the Waste Regulations.
As for the packaging requirements for storage and transport, Mezonic has developed a solid and secure container that meets these requirements.
CC The container is UN certified for both liquid and solid hazardous waste (1H2/Y400/S/18/N, 1H2/Y1.2/50/12/N). This means that your business can simply ensure proper handling using the CC container.
Please contact us to hear more about the CC container.