Hazardous waste

Rainbow Waste Management offers full hazardous waste removal services to all commercial customers. Working with business partners, fully customizable disposal solutions for all forms of hazardous waste are available. With increasing changes, and tighter regulations making the removal of hazardous waste more complex, we ensure that you safely and legally dispose of or recycle all your hazardous waste.

Our hazardous waste removal services are fully auditable and compliant with all EA and Health and Safety regulations.

We endeavor to ensure all hazardous waste is removed as quickly and efficiently as possible for the safety of our customers and employees is our utmost priority.

Rainbow can handle all hazardous wastes including:

  • WEEE waste
  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Cylinders and Aerosols
  • Oils
  • Powders

In order to suit your business needs, we offer the removal of hazardous waste regardless of the size or quantity from small packages to bulk removal.

New legislation - POPs

New legislation from the Environment Agency has come into effect regarding the storage and disposal of waste upholstered domestic seating containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

POPs are poisonous chemical substances that break down slowly and get into food chains as a result. Large quantities of POPs and other hazardous waste chemicals have been found in both the textiles and foam of waste upholstered domestic seating. These chemicals were used as flame retardants and are now banned.

The law requires that POPs in waste are destroyed to prevent lasting environmental harm and impacts on the food chain. This means waste containing POPs must be incinerated and must not be re-used, recycled or landfilled.

As a licensed waste transfer station, we have a duty of care to make sure the waste we handle is managed appropriately.

This means we must make changes to the way our waste streams that may contain POPs are collected from customers & also to the way the waste is stored at our waste transfer station before being taken for incineration. 

Waste upholstered domestic seating includes any item of upholstered seating of a household type from households or businesses that is waste.

For example; sofas, sofa beds, armchairs, kitchen and dining room chairs, stools and foot stools, home office chairs, futons, bean bags, floor, and sofa cushions.

POPs may also be found in waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), this may include:

  • Office equipment – non-household type such as photocopiers and printers
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Cables and granulated cable plastics
  • Plastic cases from, display devices (flat panel displays and cathode ray tubes)

 This legislation requires the industry and you as a producer of waste to ensure the following:

  • POPs items are kept separate from non-POPs items
  • They are separately collected
  • POPs items are not disposed of into landfill or recycled. Incineration is the only approved route
  • Action is taken to prevent damage of these items before disposal

 Therefore, we are asking you to segregate any POPs items that you wish to dispose of and book a separate collection by calling our office on 01283 229808


NEW Legislation - Changes Relating to Demolition Wood Waste

 From 1st September 2023, important changes in the handling of waste wood have come into force. From this date, potentially hazardous waste wood from ‘pre-2007 buildings’ will need to be tested to establish whether is it classified as hazardous waste or not.

Therefore, all customers disposing of waste in our bins, skips or bringing waste to our depot, will need to declare if loads contain wood & whether any of that wood is potentially hazardous.

It will be the producer of the waste’s responsibility to identify & classify the wood waste correctly. Failure to comply will result in your waste being rejected. If this happens, there may be excess costs applied, fines & potentially prosecution from the Environment Agency.

Below are some examples of the types of wood that needs to be correctly classified.

Examples from ‘pre-2007 buildings’: - Barge boards - External fascia - Soffit boards - External joinery - External door - Roof timber - Tiling cladding - Tiling battens - Timber frames - Timber joists.

If your wood waste is classified as hazardous, you are unsure if it’s classified correctly or you have any further questions please get in touch with our team & we will be able to advise further.