The UK industries alone generate over 20 million tonnes of waste every year. In fact, the country tops the countries producing the highest amount of industrial waste in the world. While the statistics may be devastating, the government is striving to improve how local industries and homeowners manage their waste.

It’s essential for the homeowners, businesses, and industrial companies to adopt responsible disposal methods to handle the industrial waste problem. It’s noteworthy that industrial waste is more challenging to manage than household and garden wastes. However, that doesn’t mean sustainable disposal methods aren’t achievable. This article shares some practical approaches that we feel can help homeowners and businesses manage their waste.

Types of industrial waste

Industrial wastes are of different types. They include:

  • Toxic waste
  • Paper products
  • Chemical waste
  • Industrial solid waste
  • Industrial by-products
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Metals
  • Radioactive wastes
  • Lubricants
  • Batteries
  • Redundant fuels
  • Generators, transformers, and process pumps
  • Bulk items
  • Laboratory waste
  • Chemicals such as phenols, alkalis, and acids

Industrial wastes require different disposal methods based on toxicity, recyclability and the magnitude of their impacts on the environment and public health. The following are safe ways to dispose of industrial wastes.

1. Segregation

Various wastes such as plastics, glass, and building materials take many years to decompose. Therefore, waste should be segregated so that the biodegradable and non-biodegradable can be disposed of separately. Besides, separating wastes helps you eliminate hazardous waste from the compostable waste items, recyclable bacteria, and other non-hazardous material.

2. Composting

Some industrial wastes, such as paper products, are compostable.  The composting process turns such waste into valuable organic compounds that can be used for agriculture. Identify and evaluate the trash before putting it into a skip bin. Although this disposal method takes a lot of space, it’s efficient at turning toxic organic products into a safe matter.

3. Recycling

Lubricants, papers, and other industrial wastes are recoverable and recyclable. Instead of discarding them into landfills, preserve them for reuse. By recycling some industrial wastes, you will be playing a critical role in protecting the environment and promising the country a safe environmental future.

4. Landfilling

Most homeowners, businesses, and industrial companies dispose of their wastes in landfills. Improper disposal of industrial wastes in landfills is environmentally hazardous. Therefore, they should be buried properly. Before sending the waste to the dump, sort it first and only dispose of the non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste items.

5. Contact a local industrial waste disposal facility

There are several facilities in the UK where you can take your industrial waste. However, you need to check what types of waste they accept. Very few facilities accept hazardous wastes. After dropping off what’s accepted by the facility, you can take the rest of the trash to landfills and recycling centres based on the type you want to discard.

Industrial waste leaves enormous impacts on the planet, and you should always strive to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner. These disposal methods can help you eliminate your waste without exposing yourself to health risks or subjecting the broader environment to pollution.