Organic Waste Disposal Methods for Pest Controllers in London
The National Environment Management states that organic waste disposal methods imply that the service provider must use environmentally friendly processes. The waste disposal should be such that it eliminates any harmful effects on human health and the environment.
The whole pest control industry in London is responsible for the well-being of the clients, the general public, and other living organisms.
Though for now, it is more of a talk than achievement. Waste disposal is a big issue within the stakeholders in the pest control services in UK. Most people keep pesticide containers while the fumes and other particles build up in homes. Currently, each household in the UK contributes more than 500kg of nonrecyclable refuse in a year.
Are you ready to do the right and ensure the proper pest control waste disposal? Follow this guideline.
Choosing a waste disposal contractor
To ensure proper waste disposal, The Environmental Agency licenses qualified recycling and waste disposal contractors to handle different types of waste materials. You can choose any disposal contractor who meets your requirements depending on your waste materials.
Apart from the contractors, there are certified disposal sites where you can take all your pesticide wastes for recycling or disposing of.
Minimizing Waste Production
The more people use pesticides, the more wastes there is to dispose of. It is therefore essential to find some ways of reducing waste production like;
- Do not overstock. While you might need to ensure that clients never miss the pesticide they need, you should make sure you only order for stocks that you need at the time.
- Only use the insecticide if it is a must. Even in cases when you have to use them, you can still look for ways of reducing the amount you use.
- The packaging of pesticides increases the waste you produce. You can, therefore, opt for direct injection systems, soluble packs, and closed-transfer systems. If you cannot avoid the packaging, then take the ones with returnable containers.
- Always inquire if your manufacturer or supplier can take back properly cleaned empty containers.
- Store products in the right order. Sell the older stock first to avoid the risk of the pesticides going back.
Types of pesticide waste for disposal
It is illegal to store and use unwanted or unapproved pesticides. There is the possibility of a product getting disapproved when you already have it in stock. That is why you should not have too much stock at a given time.
Anyway, in case you happen to have the product by the time of its ban, use the “wind-down” period allowed for the remaining stock to be used up. You can inquire from your manufacturer or supplier about the state of the unapproved product. www.pesticides.gov.uk is a reliable source of information about the state of pesticides in the UK.
What of a case where you can’t use up the unapproved products? You still have options like asking your supplier or manufacturer if they can take it back. If not, you can dispose of using an Environmental Agency registered carrier.
Spillage accidents are likely to occur when handling pesticides. Clean up the affected area using absorbent materials. Dispose of all the affected materials using a certified waste disposal contractor, or take to a licensed disposal site.
Avoid directing the water that splashes when cleaning up spillage into a sewer or other running water. Instead, you can use it over a biologically active ground like on soil that will degrade the pesticide particles after some time.
You cannot use an empty pesticide container for any other purpose, except when transferring an identical usable pesticide from a damaged container.
The best way to dispose of empty containers is by hiring a professional collection service which will determine whether it is recycled or disposed of. You can also opt to take it to a local licensed disposal site. Either way, ensure the container you dispose of is empty. And follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in case of cleaning.
Other waste materials
Make sure that you dispose of the other pesticide waste materials like packaging, protective clothing, and equipment using the labeled instructions on the product. In the case of no instructions, you can contact a registered waste disposal contractor or visit the local approved waste disposal site.
Waste disposal is an important issue, so make sure you get the appropriate “Waste Transfer Note” every time you are at it.
The best way to reduce pesticide disposal costs or effects is to reduce waste production. In the case of waste, ensure you work with a registered waste disposal agent or take the trash to a registered waste disposal site. Remember to carry the appropriate “Waste Transfer Notes” after every pesticide waste disposal.