General Waste Management

What Is General Waste?

The Definition

To be considered “general waste”, material must be free of any actual or apparent contamination (pathological/infectious, radioactive and/ or hazardous chemical). In some cases, after disinfection or decontamination, previously contaminated material may be treated as general waste.

General Waste

We are, as a nation, becoming better educated at recycling our household waste. Local councils are introducing bigger recycling facilities and we as households are throwing away less general waste than 10 years ago. Did you know:

  • The largest lake in Britain could be filled with UK rubbish in 8 months.
  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
  • Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
  • 9 out of 10 people in the UK would recycle more if it was easier. 

The Law

The rules and regulations around general waste are constantly being tighten. Stay up dated here.


Where General Waste Goes

Common Questions

Greenhouse gas. When organic material such as food scraps and green waste is put in landfill, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Fifty-five percent gets buried in landfills, 33 percent gets recycled, and 12.5 percent goes to incinerators. Collecting and transporting trash and recyclables is a mammoth task.

A landfill is a carefully designed structure built into or on top of the ground, in which trash is separated from the area around it. Landfills contain garbage and serve to prevent contamination between the waste and the surrounding environment, especially groundwater.

This waste rots and decomposes, and produces harmful gases (CO2 and Methane) which are both greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming. Landfills also pollute the local environment, including the water and the soil. … It also affect the global warming and the environment.

What’s the difference between a dump and a landfill? A dump is a hole in theground with trash simply piled in it. … This landfill gas is collected in pipes and recycled into electricity and fuel. Materials that may be dangerous, such as hazardous or radioactive waste, are not allowed at the landfill.

Supporting Documents

Supporting document created by the Environmental Agency on Environmental management

Supporting Documents

Supporting document from the UK Government on classifying waste

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