Changes in Waste Acceptance Criteria and reductions in capacity mean delivering waste to hazardous landfill sites is now often impractical and uneconomic – as well as a strain on our environment. It is, however, still a viable option for larger quantities and bulk wastes (e.g. contaminated soils) as well as regular homogeneous wastes such as contaminated packaging. All waste must be subject to laboratory analysis before acceptance which adds cost pre-disposal.
There are a number of incinerators around the country with different capabilities – and we will choose the most appropriate option for your particular waste. Some can burn non-hazardous waste and clinical waste with energy recovery (some recycling) whilst most hazardous waste, including all pesticides, go to specialist high-temperature waste incinerators for final destruction. This is regarded as the safest and most effective way of dealing with combustible organic wastes, which are unsuitable for landfill because of their toxicity, flammability or resistance to natural breakdown.
Most chemical waste is consigned to a treatment and processing plant before going to its final disposal site. These facilities will process wastes e.g. by neutralising acid / basic wastes, denaturing aqueous solutions and shredding and reducing the volume of packaging. Low flash point wastes may be recovered for re-use in chem-fuels.