How should I store my waste?

You should store your waste in a safe and secure place, so that waste materials will not escape and cause harm to the environment. 

Anyone who holds waste must act to keep it safe against:

  • corrosion or wear of waste containers
  • accidental spilling, leaking or leaching from waste unprotected from rainfall
  • accidents or weather conditions that may break contained waste open and allow it to escape
  • waste blowing away or falling while stored or transported
  • scavenging of waste by vandals, thieves or animals

All waste has the potential to pollute the environment if you do not handle or store it properly.  When waste is being stored at your premises you must make sure that waste is stored in;

  • separate containers for recyclables, that are clearly labelled with their contents so that people know what can and cannot be placed in them and the next holder of the waste can clearly see what the containers hold. If you reuse containers, make sure that you remove any old labels.
  • a secure location where access is limited. If waste is kept in a less secure location, loose materials or objects may be blown or washed away or even stolen. Less secure storage may also attract others to mix their waste with your own. If this occurs then the waste carrier or contractor may charge you more or refuse to accept the waste at their site.
  • You must store all waste materials safely and securely in suitable containers. Keep the waste containers in good condition and make sure they do not wear or corrode.
  • Ensure that waste cannot be blown away. If you store waste in skips or other similar containers, ensure that they are covered or netted. Store waste under cover if rain will prevent it from being reused, or cause contaminated run-off.
  • You must prevent liquid wastes and pollutants from escaping into drains, watercourses or surrounding ground. Store liquid wastes in containers that will then be stored on impermeable surfaces within a secondary containment system. Ideally this should be a bund which is large enough to hold any leaked contents from the storage containers. If you store liquids, refer to SEPA’s guide to the storage and handling of drums & IBCs