Commercial and industrial waste management

Working to ISO9001 Quality Assurance and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, our waste-handling specialists prevent contamination and accident risks for complete peace of mind.

We’re fully licensed to deal with all types of commercial and industrial waste and provide a complete service covering collection, classification, packaging, treatment, transfer, and disposal.

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We know the vital importance of responsible waste handling, transportation, storage and destruction or recycling and have the UK’s top team of licensed specialists on standby, with tankers, across 25 regional centres nationwide to ensure your waste is disposed of compliantly.

With all equipment, tankers, and specialist experts under one roof, we keep costs low through a traceable nationwide network, shorter, shared collection journeys, and a single point of contact for all waste management requirements.

We have in-house chemists who can help with the identification, handling, and disposal of some of the world’s most harmful chemicals.

Our WAMITAB-accredited experts also carry out site clean-ups and plant removal, drain and sewer cleaning, and fly-tipping response.

What is waste?

Waste is defined as “any substance or object that the holder discards, intends to discard or is required to discard”. The meaning of “discard” applies to “disposal” and “recovery” operations and processes and can be intentional or unintentional on the part of the holder.

Many organisations do not realise that they remain responsible for ensuring their waste is disposed of compliantly, right through to final destruction or recycling, even after it has left their site. Irrespective of the number of parties in the subsequent chain of custody, producers continue to be liable should something go wrong.

This duty of care legislation is there to protect human health and the environment and applies to all ‘waste holders’. Failure to comply is a criminal offence, subject to an unlimited fine.

A waste holder is anyone who imports, produces, carries, keeps, treats, brokers, or removes controlled waste in England or Wales. If not disposing of it themselves, they must see to it that it is transferred to an authorised individual or company.

What does the law say?

Under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the duty of care legislation makes provision for the safe management of waste to protect human health and the environment. Each holder in the waste chain shares the duty of care obligations, and failure to comply is an offence subject to an unlimited fine on conviction.

It is also necessary to assess and classify waste, as set out in the waste classification guidance, before any waste is collected, recovered, or disposed of. This will establish whether it is hazardous waste, and determine which controls apply to its movement to prevent harm to people and the environment. Where hazardous waste is concerned a consignment note will be required.

Certain wastes may also be classified as Dangerous Goods and must be transported in accordance with The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations.

Dangerous Goods are assigned different classes ranging from one to nine. This classification covers materials and substances from the highly dangerous, including explosives, flammables, and acids, to more routine products such as paints, solvents, and pesticides.

When transferring waste to another party, you must ensure that a waste transfer note (a written description of the waste) is agreed and signed by both you and the next holder.

In compliance with your duty of care, you must ensure that any waste is transferred to an authorised individual or establishment.

Most recovery and disposal operators will require an environmental permit detailing specific conditions on how a waste operation must be carried out. This will include limits to the quantity of waste handled, restrictions on the nature of the waste, and measures needed to safeguard both the environment and human health.

Waste collection and disposal

The Group’s waste management team is fully licensed to handle commercial and industrial waste in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations.

Our collection service includes the classification, packaging and disposing of most types of waste, including bulk liquids and chemical smalls. We have a comprehensive fleet of tankers and our own waste treatment facility.

Our trained team are on call 24/7 to deal with site clean-up, plant removal, and the safe handling of hazardous waste, including rapid emergency response.

Waste treatment and transfer

Specialist teams can classify, treat, and transfer all materials, including bulk liquid industrial wastes, oil, packaged hazardous wastes and laboratory chemicals. We routinely handle toxics, flammables, and oxidizers as well as all non-hazardous substances.

Whatever the amount of waste, the capacities of our own purpose-built internal transfer stations and a network of valued partners allow us to tackle it.

Boasting the greatest knowledge in the sector of any UK team, our experts are on permanent 24/7 standby and can be on your site, wherever you are, within two hours.

We ensure that waste transfer notes – mandatory documents recording the transfer of waste from one party to another - are in order.

Keep your business compliant and protect the environment while reducing the risk of operational downtime

Find out how Adler and Allan reduce your risk and support you on your journey to Net-Zero through the management and maintenance of assets.

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