Legal and safe collection and disposal of COSHH classified hazardous waste.

RJS Waste Management UK is a fully insured and registered upper tier waste carrier. We provide compliance solutions for the handling, storing and disposal of hazardous waste.

High-quality Cost-effective Hazardous Waste Solutions

RJS Waste Management UK has the experience to help plan all aspects of your hazardous waste management strategy. We will use our technical know-how to meet the challenges of the latest hazardous waste regulations, waste disposal regulations and other legislative demands.

What is hazardous waste? 

As reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), The Environment Agency (EA) defines hazardous waste as that which contains substances or has properties that might be harmful to human health or to the environment. This may be immediate or over an extended period. Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals, like paint or brake fluid Hazardous Waste storage drum
  • Batteries
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Non-edible oils like car oil
  • WEEE containing ozone-depleting substances, like fridges
  • Hazardous waste containers
  • Grade D wood waste

Hazardous waste regulations 

In April 2011, The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 brought major changes to hazardous waste management.

Only those with an appropriate permit may mix hazardous waste and they must comply with the Best Available Techniques (BATs) from the EA and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

A “sensitising” hazardous property was introduced and the requirements for record-keeping were updated. Hazardous waste consignment notes were amended and procedures for multiple consignments were simplified.

As of September 2023, under advisement from the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA), the EA withdrew its Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250. Ten types of wood waste from buildings constructed before 2007 are classified as hazardous waste. Wood waste recyclers will not accept potentially hazardous wood waste unless it is tested and proven safe.

Our hazardous waste management process

After performing an audit of your site, we will provide the best options for hazardous waste disposal. We can offer a complete package for the identification, collection and treatment of all hazardous wastes and “difficult” non-hazardous waste in bulk, whether they are stored in drums or tanks.

For your peace of mind, our processes will ensure the supply of a completed hazardous waste consignment note, waste transfer note and data destruction certificate (as necessary).

European Waste Classifications

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations may need to be applied when handling or disposing of materials that are listed in the European Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations. These substances are categorised according to how dangerous they are. They are either very toxic, toxic, harmful, corrosive or irritant.

CLP regulations and the re-classification of wastes

With more stringent rules and regulations relating to waste disposal, it is vital to ensure that your hazardous waste is handled correctly and the RJS Waste Management team can help with this.

The CLP regulations are based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) and bring new symbols for labelling hazardous waste. Details of these new symbols and what might constitute as hazardous waste can be found on the HSE’s website.

Electrical and electronic waste is considered, by law, to be hazardous and is controlled by The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2013.

Suppliers of chemicals may provide a safety data sheet. While this does not necessarily mean that your chemical waste is classified as hazardous, the supply of one of these safety data sheets would make it highly likely that your chemical waste disposal would need to be handled by a licensed waste management company.