Waste is hazardous when it contains substances or properties that might make it harmful to human health or the environment. The legal definition of “hazardous” is based around 15 different properties, some of which are in everyday usage, ie explosive and flammable, while others are more obscure, eg ecotoxic.
The definition of hazardous waste includes many commonplace items, eg fluorescent tubes, electrical equipment, fridges and batteries, as well as a wide range of chemicals and asbestos..
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