Hazardous Waste Containers & Drum Suppliers

Robert Hopkins Environmental have been providing expert waste management services to businesses across all industries for over 100 years. Our family-owned and run business operates to the highest quality and sustainability standards, and we take real pride in helping our business clients to manage their waste in the best possible way. This begins with legal compliance, and we go above and beyond for high quality outcomes that build your business reputation, cut costs and support a modern and sustainable business brand.

As part of our holistic suite of waste management services, we offer hazardous waste disposal containers to all businesses that deal with this particular type of waste. Read on to find out more about these specialist waste containers and drums, and their relevance for your business.

What are the different types of hazardous waste containers?

Hazardous waste containers are usually designed to hold 30 to 220 litres of hazardous waste, as defined by the Environment Agency which legislates this area. The barrels store and transport different types of hazardous waste and they come in an array of materials, sizes and closure types depending on the contents.

To remain compliant with EPA regulations and avoid improper disposal fines, it’s vital that your business understands which type of hazardous waste drum needs to be used in each situation. All industrial waste containers must also be fully labelled correctly and then transported to licensed facilities, before being correctly emptied by licensed operators. Once emptied the drums should be correctly reused, recycled or resold, again in line with complex regulations.

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Available hazardous waste drums

Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals
  • Batteries
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents
  • Non-edible oils
  • Ozone-depleting substances (such as fridge components)

Hazardous waste drums are made from plastic or steel depending on the waste type. Steel waste barrels are used mainly to store oils, liquids, some solid waste and hazardous materials, while plastic waste drums hold sludge, paste, solids and some liquids. Bung tops are used for liquid waste and clip tops are used for sludge, solid and liquid waste, and vented drums are used to store aerosols.

The law

The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 act defines how businesses must use hazardous waste drums as part of a wider managed approach to hazardous waste. This includes regulating how hazardous waste is stored, transported and then disposed of by licensed carriers.

Our services

Robert Hopkins provides a full hazardous waste container, drum and management service, including supply, transportation and disposal of containers and drums in line with our sustainability ethos. We take care of every aspect of your service so that you remain compliant to the highest quality in your business waste management approach. With over 100 years of experience in the field of business waste management, our friendly and experienced family business invests in the latest technologies, training and standards to deliver a superb service.

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Please contact our team to find out more and to discuss your needs on 0121 553 0403.

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