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22nd April 2016

Haz Box: hazardous waste solution for SMEs

Most businesses are likely to produce some hazardous waste, from used printer toners, to cleaning chemicals, batteries or low energy light bulbs.


The rules around disposing of hazardous waste are much stricter for commercial premises than households with domestic bin collections. Whilst larger companies or specialist sectors, like the motor industry, are likely to be aware of the regulations and set up to manage their different waste streams, it can be more of a challenge for small and medium size businesses to identify and segregate the everyday items that could potentially cause problems.


The key points are:

  • ‘Hazardous Waste’ means any material that is potentially harmful to humans or the environment because of the chemical or biological components it contains
  • The Environment Agency regulations for hazardous waste outline how these materials must be stored and collected separately to other waste
  • Fixed penalty fines are imposed for ‘Duty of Care’ negligence and more serious cases are prosecuted when hazardous waste is not properly managed

This means all businesses producing hazardous waste, even in small quantities, have a legal obligation to safely store the items and arrange for an authorised waste carrier to collect, who will dispose of the hazardous materials correctly.


What counts as ‘hazardous waste’?

These small items are classed as ‘hazardous waste’ and can be collected in a Haz Box:

  • Cleaning chemicals, Acid descaler, Caustic Soda, Aerosols, Bleach
  • Inks, Toners, Printer cartridges, Photo chemicals
  • Oil tins, Oil filters, Antifreeze, Contaminated rags wipes and absorbents
  • Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Batteries (acid)
  • Paints, Adhesives, Solvents, Paint thinners, Resin, Wood preservatives
  • Contaminated packaging (e.g. paint tins with any paint left in)
  • Florescent lighting tubes, Low energy light bulbs
  • Garden chemicals, Fertiliser, Pesticides, Weed killer

Alkaline Batteries, LED & Halogen light bulbs are non-hazardous

Larger electrical items, such as TVs, monitors, fridges, freezers and laptops are covered by WEEE regulations and SWR can also collect these.

Click here for a list of what goes into a Haz Box


What is a Haz Box?

A Haz Box is a solid plastic box with a lid, similar in size to a household glass recycling box, which is used to store items that can’t go into general waste or recycling bins. The box is then collected and a consignment note provided for the business’ Duty of Care. A Haz Box is ideal for any business regularly producing small quantities of hazardous waste, e.g. individual items under 5KG or less than 5 Litres.

SWR’s Store & Swap Haz Box is a simple solution to safely and securely manage your business’ hazardous waste. The service is easy to set up, your first Haz Box will be delivered then scheduled collections are arrannged when the box is swapped for an empty one. After each collection a ‘Hazardous Waste Consignment Note’ is supplied for your records which lists the type and quantity of material collected.


Why choose SWR’s Store & Swap Haz Box?

  • Expert advice on dealing with your business’ hazardous waste
  • Safely store and manage hazardous waste
  • Legal compliance
  • Nationwide Coverage
  • Backed by SWR’s Customer Service


Talk to the team about a Haz Box service – 0800 038 0300

For more information about hazardous waste see:

Hazardous Waste