Keeping bins clean and the process ‘compliant’

Unless you're using a compliant commercial cleaner, you're breaking the law

Published Friday, August 16th, 2019
Categories: KW Cleaning

Keeping bins clean and the process ‘compliant’

Wheeled waste containers (including domestic ‘wheelie bins’) are commonly used to collect domestic, commercial and trade waste and materials for recycling, but keeping them clean is the first line of defence in preventing pests and contamination. The ‘washings’ (wash and rinse water) contain detergents, disinfectants and waste residues, which can all cause pollution. We never carry out washing in an area that drains to surface water directly into the drains.

As a professional company offering a wheeled bin cleaning service, we carry out your work professionally and with appropriate precautions. Contaminated wash water, rinse water, solid wastes and cleaning chemicals causes environmental pollution, so we follow strict legal guidelines to ensure we meet and surpass the requirements for wash water and solid waste disposal.

Legal Background

The Environment Agency is responsible for protecting the water environment from pollution under the Water Resources Act 1991 and the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 in England and Wales. It has the powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to prevent environmental pollution and harm to human health from waste management activities.

Most road gullies and rainwater drains runs off directly to the nearest river, stream or soak-away. By allowing the spent water used to clean wheeled waste containers to enter these drains or discharge them onto unmade ground, the cleaning sector is at risk of causing water pollution, damage to wildlife and contaminating drinking water.

The consequences of NOT following the guidelines or making a discharge without a permit, is strictly against the law with a maximum fine of £50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for cases taken at a magistrates court.

KW Cleaning takes this very seriously and is aware that the vast majority of smaller ‘man and van’ competitors carry out their work with absolutely to regard for the law and the damage they are doing the very environment they’ve been engaged to care for.

The wash and rinse water we produce as a cleaning company is legally defined as a trade effluent. Where necessary we always get consent or even enter into an agreement with your local Sewerage Provider before we discharge trade effluent to any public sewer or to a private sewer that connects to a public sewer. (Water Industries Act 1991). We dispose, transport and sometimes store the solid waste (by-product) resulting from our cleaning work and take pride in our compliance and professionalism