November 1, 2018
Everything may appear to be correct. As far as you know, your waste material is being dutifully bagged or placed in wheelie bins and, every fortnight, your waste management supplier comes along in a van and takes it away. Job done!
That would appear to be the end of the matter. But if things aren’t being correctly handled – especially if you run an establishment which generates a variety of hazardous and non-hazardous waste – then you could inadvertently be storing up a whole heap of trouble.
Here are some fundamental questions. Are you sure your waste is properly segregated to avoid any cross contamination? Are your storage bins properly locked? What does your waste supplier do with the waste when it is collected? (not simply where it goes, but how exactly is it being transported?)
Whether we like it or not, when it comes to waste, everything we do is driven by legislation. The essence of that legislation is that you, as the proprietor, have a duty of care to ensure that the correct procedures are being followed. The buck stops with you. The same applies for nursing or care homes, doctors’ surgeries, dental clinics, cosmetic surgeries, as well as many other places of work where hygiene is paramount.
This may be something with which you are au fait. But, from experience, we come across numerous situations throughout Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London where business operators are struggling to comply. Most times this is not deliberate. The majority of cases we encounter are where proprietors think they are in tune with the guidelines – because their waste supplier is telling them so – when, in fact, the processes being adopted are either borderline correct or plainly wrong.
And these aren’t merely situations involving small waste management operators.
So if you have any concerns that all may not be as it should be, it could well be worth seeking a second opinion.
At WGS Waste, many of our longest standing client relationships have evolved as a result of unease surrounding a previous waste management provider. Sometimes this is due to the perennial bugbear of over-charging. But other gripes include irregular collections with suppliers having to be chased to come and collect, or even waste which has been left behind altogether.
And this is before we even consider the collection and disposal processes.
We have the tools – the time, the experience and the dedication – to ensure you stay compliant. So that you can do what you do best – caring for your clients and patients.
We can offer you all the guidance, tuition, check lists and reminders to keep everything running smoothly.
Often the most contentious issues concern the correct segregation and disposal of waste and we’ll tackle these subjects in our next and future blogs.
In the meantime, if you need any help, or are unsure about your current waste management arrangements, then please call WGS Waste on 01892 725609.