Waste Classification

Hazardous waste is defined as:

"Any material in a quantity or concentration which, if improperly managed, may pose a hazard to public health or the environment".

Hazardous waste may be solids, semi-solids, liquids or gases and include hazardous wastes. The classification of hazardous waste materials includes materials with one or more of the following characteristics*:

  • Ignitable
  • Corrosive
  • Reactive
  • Toxic
  • Radioactive
  • Biohazard

*The specific component characteristics are detailed in Royal Commission Environmental Regulations (2004)

In order to determine whether a material is hazardous, the Waste Management contractor should be provided with the following:

  1. A completed Waste Profile Sheet which includes details of the process or processes involved in the generation of the material, the likely composition of the waste, the quantity and the frequency of generation.
  2. Material Safety Data Sheet for all chemicals comprising the waste.
  3. A Certified Representative Sample of the material to enable waste treatment characterization analysis to be undertaken.

On receipt of the above, the Waste Management Contractor will be able to advise you whether the material is hazardous or not and what methods of treatment and disposal can be employed to render it safe or non-hazardous. It is important to remember that a charge may be imposed for the analysis and waste characterization.

It should be remembered that it is the responsibility of the waste generator to know the details and nature of waste for disposal. It is also important to note that the generator will normally remain the legal owner of the material even after disposal and may be required to pay for any damage (to the general public or the environment) caused by the material.

In contrast, BeeA'h assumes full title and ownership of any accepted wastes thereby relieving the generator from any future liability.


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