What are some industrial waste disposal methods

Dispose of commercial waste properly

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The environmentally friendly disposal of waste is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The professional disposal of commercial and industrial waste in the company is all the more important. For business owners, on the one hand, it is about acting responsibly. On the other hand, a well thought-out waste disposal concept should also Saved time and money become. Large amounts of commercial and industrial waste can be disposed of using conventional waste containers or disposal systems. However, there is also hazardous waste, the disposal of which must comply with special requirements and regulations.

General regulations for private and commercial waste disposal

All types of waste that occur in Germany have been recorded in the Waste Catalog Ordinance (AVV) since 2001. This is where the waste is defined and classified in terms of its hazardousness and the need for monitoring. This ordinance serves as the basis for professional waste disposal - regardless of whether it is commercial or private.

In addition, there are numerous national and international laws and regulations that must be followed for the correct disposal of waste. It contains regulations for waste which, if improperly disposed of, could cause damage to the environment:

The Commercial Waste Ordinance also applies to waste separation and disposal in companies. It regulates exactly how the various operating and industrial waste is to be handled.

What is commercial waste?

Many possible commercial waste also occurs in private households: residual waste, paper and cardboard, glass, organic waste or waste that belongs in the yellow bag. Disposing of such commercial waste works just like at home: The waste is disposed of separately in the appropriate containers, which are picked up by the contracted waste disposal company. In industrial companies in particular, hazardous waste is also often generated, such as:

  • Waste oil
  • Rubble
  • Chemicals
  • Electrical waste
  • Wood
  • Bulky waste
  • Plastics

As in private households, companies have to separate their waste and Dispose of hazardous waste in the respective special ways. However, there are still some special regulations to be met for commercial enterprises.

The Commercial Waste Ordinance

The new Commercial Waste Ordinance (GewAbfV) passed in 2017 has been in force since 2019. It shows how commercial and industrial waste must be separated, collected and disposed of. The applies to waste separation in trade Separate collection obligation of the following types of waste:

  • Cardboard and paper
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Organic waste
  • Wood
  • textiles
  • Metals
  • residual waste

In the case of construction waste, these components must also be collected separately:

  • Insulation material
  • Bitumen mixtures
  • concrete
  • brick
  • Tiles and ceramics

If this strict separation is technically not possible or economically unreasonable, all waste can be collected in a commercial waste bin. The company then has to take the waste either to a pre-treatment plant or to a plant for energy recovery. Companies that separate 90% of their commercial waste are also allowed to transport the remaining 10% directly to the recycling facility.

Documentation is required for waste disposal in every company. Those responsible must prove digitally or in writing that they collect and dispose of the garbage in accordance with the regulations. Photos of the waste containers, certificates from the recycling plant or proof of disposal can be used for this. If documentation or waste disposal is incorrect, there is a risk of fines of up to 10,000 euros.

Correct commercial waste disposal - what is allowed in the commercial waste?

Anyone who collects separately and would like to dispose of commercial waste can use the conventional methods. If there is more than just normal residual or recycling waste, it is important to deal with the relevant rules and regulations for the proper disposal of hazardous waste.

Companies that are exempt from the separate collection obligation can collect their rubbish in a single garbage can. But also Not everything is allowed to go into the commercial waste bin. Allowed are:

  • Plastics and styrofoam
  • Metals
  • Wood
  • textiles
  • scrap metal
  • residual waste

These waste must be collected separately:

  • Glass
  • Organic waste
  • Plant waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • medical waste

The commercial waste bin - container for commercial waste disposal

To dispose of commercial waste, there are garbage cans and waste bins in different designs. Plastic and stainless steel waste bins are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. There are also recyclable materials and special collectors for the waste that has no place in the commercial waste bin. In this way, waste separation in companies is particularly easy and convenient.

Please note: The regulations mentioned here are only a selection of the most important legal requirements. You can read detailed information on this in the listed and possibly other collections of regulations and legal texts. During the actual implementation in the company, experts can and should also be consulted in case of doubt.

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