Liquid Waste is produced in a variety of industrial, commercial and residential settings. However, the nature of the waste means that it can sometimes be hard to manage, as it requires a different waste management strategy to the rest of your commercial waste. This is because liquid waste is hazardous to both human health and the environment.
What is Liquid Waste?
According to the European Environment Agency, Liquid waste refers to ‘sewage, domestic wastewater, or other liquids produced by industrial activity. At Divert, we’re able to assist with the disposal of the following forms of liquid waste:
Waste Oil (Cooking, Automotive)
Cesspits and Effluent Tanks
Sewage & Drain Clearance
Hazardous Liquid Waste
Chemical Waste (Solvents & Cleaning products)
As mentioned previously, Liquid Waste is produced in a wide variety of industries. However, some of the biggest contributors to Liquid Waste within the UK include:
Restaurants, Cafes & Takeaways. Foodservice venues produce large volumes of liquid waste on a daily basis, namely in the form of excess cooking oil and fats. For example, it is estimated that the average restaurant produces around 18.9 Litres of oil waste in a single day.
Food & Drink Production Companies. Companies that produce food for consumption (i.e. companies that tend to supply supermarkets) also produce large volumes of liquid waste. This includes waste cooking oils, fats and wastewater.
Industrial Companies. Industrial sites, such as factories, also produce large volumes of hazardous liquid waste. For example, this could include chemical waste and used solvents. They may also use cesspits and effluent tanks to store large volumes of wastewater used within the manufacturing process.
Pharmaceutical Companies. Pharmaceutical companies produce large volumes of chemical or otherwise hazardous liquid waste, namely within a laboratory setting.
Home Maintenance Companies. Companies that offer home maintenance services, such as sewage removal and drain clearance, will also produce large volumes of liquid waste, namely in the form of wastewater and sludge, that they must dispose of on behalf of their customer.
As the term ‘Liquid Waste’ covers so many different types of waste- it is difficult to determine precisely how much Liquid Waste we produce in the UK. However:
The Department of Energy Transport and Regions stated that the UK produces around 100,000 tonnes of waste oil annually.
We produce over 11 Billion Litres of wastewater every single day. This equates to approximately 150L per person.
8 Million Tonnes of sludge are produced annually.
There are various steps that business owners can take to reduce the amount of liquid waste they produce within their facility. For example, you can reduce Liquid Waste by:
Ensuring that all oil products are stored separately and used only when necessary. This is particularly important for those that work within the foodservice industry, where oil is used in excess.
Ensuring that fats, oils, solvents and other forms of hazardous waste are not poured down the drain and instead stored on-site prior to disposal.
Using the appropriate bins and containers to store Liquid Waste prior to collection.
Ensuring that all employees receive the appropriate training regarding waste disposal and how liquid waste should be handled on-site. This reduces the chance of cross-contamination or the improper disposal of waste occurring at your facility.
The safe storage and disposal of liquid waste is important due to the impact it could have on the environment if an accident occurs. For example, if a leak occurs, Liquid Waste will spread out around the surrounding area – this means that it could soak into the soil or find its way into streams, lakes and other bodies of water.
If soil absorbs hazardous liquid waste, the chemicals could impact the plant life in the area. Not only could this destroy crops, but it could also present a threat to the humans or animals that consume them.
When it comes to storing Liquid Waste, it’s important that you use leak-proof bins or storage containers. This significantly reduces the chances of a spillage occurring, protecting the environment and also giving you great peace of mind. At Divert, we have the following secure storage options available:
Waste Oil Drums
Waste Oil Barrels
Intermediate Bulk Containers (For 1200L+ of Liquid Waste)
To ensure that all waste is segregated correctly, all of our containers are available in a wide range of colours. There are also various sizes to choose from, depending upon the volume of waste you produce or the frequency at which you’d like it to be collected.
All business owners are bound by a duty of care when it comes to hazardous waste disposal. As such, you must ensure that your liquid waste is stored correctly and transported to the appropriate disposal facility after use. Thankfully, at Divert, we can do the hard work for you by:
Putting together a waste management plan that is specifically tailored to your business.
Providing you with free access to the appropriate waste bins and storage containers.
Arranging for your waste to be collected at a time that suits you.
Diverting your waste from landfill sites to the appropriate recycling or treatment facilities, reducing your environmental impact.
At Divert, we offer all of this (and more) at a cost-effective price. This means that not only are we working together to save the planet, we can also save you money. Get in touch to find out more!