Hazardous waste comes in all shapes and sizes, but the common factor is that word hazardous and as such, this type of waste needs to be treated and disposed of very carefully. Some businesses – such as hospitals, care homes and veterinary surgeries – will obviously produce higher quantities ofhazardous waste purely because of the nature of their work, but there are things that all of us could be doing to cut down the amount of chemicals and other such dangerous substances that are being used in our workplaces.
Take a peek in your COSHH room or cleaning cupboard and you will undoubtedly see label after label with big black crosses, skulls, red warning triangles and other such fear-inducing imagery to accompany a long list of things that can go wrong with each product and what to do in case of emergency. We know that these products are useful for keeping the place clean and other things, but that doesn’t mean that safer alternatives are not available.
Gardens are beautiful things and can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of your staff, but pests can be a problem. You can buy disease-resistant varieties of many crops and there are many ways to get rid of pests without using harmful pesticides which are damaging to the environment. Egg shells around your flower beds will deter slugs because it’s too uncomfortable for them to slither over and you can plant certain things that will attract useful insects who help to cultivate your plants and keep pests at bay. English lavender, fennel, dill and dandelion are all good options. You can easily find loads of gardening tips online too.
Other simple substitutions are using water-based paint instead of oil-based, allowing as much natural light as possible in to reduce the number of light bulbs being used (they contain mercury) and using pump dispensers in place of aerosols where possible.
Conducting a waste audit can help you to see where changes can be made. We provide a comprehensive auditing service and will tailor our advice and waste services to the needs of your business, so speak to our expert team today to see how we can help.