Waste Management

The market for hazardous waste in the UK is based on a legislative environment underpinned by the implementation of the European Union’s Waste Framework Directive and the UK’s own hazardous waste National Policy Statement (NPS), which encourage sustainable methods of managing waste and the development of treatment, recycling and recovery facilities as the key focus of future waste management activities.

Within this the Waste Hierarchy provides a framework for waste management and implementation of infrastructure which will allow sustainable waste management solutions. The adoption of the NPS in June 2013 confirmed the need for the portfolio of facilities and services developed by us over the past five years. Importantly, the Group plays an active part in five of the seven sectors identified as essential for the management of hazardous wastes in the UK.

The hazardous waste market is highly segmented with a total volume of approximately 4 million tonnes of waste handled in the UK each year. Within this arena Augean continues to focus on the treatment and disposal of waste from construction and demolition activities, energy from waste operators, specialist manufacturers and other industrial producers. 

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So what is hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste (containing dangerous substances) refers to many common materials produced by the industrial and commercial markets. It contains one or more properties that may render it harmful to human health or the environment.  Consequently, special regulations have been put in place to ensure that these types of waste are handled in a safe manner.

Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • Construction and demolition waste
    Including contaminated soil and wood, asbestos, glass and plastic
  • Electronic waste
    Including lamps, bulbs, fluorescent tubes, computer monitors and batteries
  • Industrial waste
    Including solvent, paint, ink, dyes, varnish, oils, oily waste, contaminated rags and filters, acids and caustics
  • Medical waste
    Including used needles and syringes to soiled dressings, diagnostic samples, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and radioactive materials.
  • Residue from other waste treatments
    Including ash from incinerators, leachates, process residues

Waste hierarchy
Waste management practices are based on a hierarchy of activities defined by environmental law and regulations. This Waste Hierarchy assumes that the most favoured outcome is prevention, where no waste is generated and no management is required. At Augean we operate in markets where waste is produced, is usually hazardous in nature and does require active management to avoid any adverse impact on society and the environment.

Each of our five operating divisions are aligned with well defined waste markets, each requiring a different blend of knowledge, expertise, treatment and disposal assets to successfully manage each customer’s critical waste needs. Our focus is to ensure that the services we provide deliver the best overall environmental outcome, irrespective of where that places the activity on the Waste Hierarchy.