13th October 2022

What are the different types of waste management?

What are the different types of waste management?

As we all know, waste is a day-to-day occurrence for both domestic and commercial settings. Hundreds of tonnes of waste is both created and collected on a daily basis from trade and industrial premises- often a mixture of different types of waste require collection and disposal from one site. Because the diverse nature of commercial waste types, often they require different types of waste management. 

It’s important to be aware of the various types of waste management to ensure that you are collecting and disposing of your commercial or industrial waste properly and responsibly. There are many different types of waste management that provide effective and efficient solutions for handling your business's waste and rubbish. 

  • Recycling

  • Organic waste & composting 

  • Waste to energy (WtE) for example converting non-recyclable waste items like oils or fats into usable energy or fuel 

  • Solid waste recycling. (Glass, cardboard, and certain types of plastic are repurposed into new items) 

  • General Waste is defined as non-hazardous or unrecyclable products and substances that can only be sent to landfill. Local authorities typically collect domestic general waste, whereas there can be varying requirements for businesses and commercial sites to qualify for appropriate collection. Often there are limits on what types of “general waste” can be collected by local authorities, and often times businesses need to schedule a commercial waste collection with a company like Wastege. 

  • It's worth noting that it is against the law to dispose of hazardous waste together with general waste. This can lead to fines and penalties. 

  • Hazardous waste is classified by corrosive, flammable, reactive, or toxic traits. These types of waste can be dangerous to the environment or to human health. This means that they need to be disposed of in a specific way in order to maintain good safety procedures. 

    There are 4 different methods for disposing of hazardous waste, depending on the substance and amount of waste there is 

Methods of disposing of hazardous waste are

  • Recycling: Several hazardous wastes are able to be recycled to create new materials or products. Waste products like lead-acid batteries can be used as pavement fixtures by binding other pollutants together. 

  • Pyrolysis: High temperature under specific conditions that reduces the dangers of combustion. It is often used with potentially explosive materials like PCBs, pesticides, and organic waste such as fertilizer. 

  • Incineration or destruction: Using heat to destroy a hazardous material can help to reduce the amount of hazardous residue and can also generate new energy in the process 

  • Landfill or treatment plant: If there are no other alternative options available, certain hazardous wastes will be disposed of at a landfill site or a specialist treatment facility 

Why is proper waste management important?

When it comes to any type of waste, disposing of it correctly is important for health and safety as well as maintaining a clean environment. Hazardous waste needs to be disposed of very carefully in order to minimize risk and to follow correct health and safety procedures. 

When dealing with any form of hazardous waste, it is vital to ensure that the correct management procedures are followed to promote professional standards of cleanliness as well as health and safety. That’s why by instructing a specialist waste management company like Wastege, you can be rest assured that your hazardous refuse and litter are going to be disposed of correctly and safely. 

Contact Wastege today 

If you are in need of professional and commercial management of hazardous wastes or other types of waste management, speak to the team at Wastege today. Our commercial and specialist waste consultants will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and find the best solution for your needs and budget. 

Speak to Wastege today, we provide expert waste management, disposal and collection services across the UK. Alternatively, fill out a contact form and one of our team members will get in touch with you to discuss your project or site requirements.