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The vast majority of commercial garages rely on a professional garage waste collection service that can handle the removal, and disposal of automotive waste.

Garages produce a variety of waste including dead car batteries, damaged tires, fuel, cleaning fluids, and engine oils.

To ensure environmentally responsible practices, garages must adhere to strict regulations, particularly when dealing with hazardous waste like waste engine oil.

This is why many seek the assistance of a waste management service like ours that specialises in hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal.

At WasteManaged, we’ll take care of your garage waste and ensure you’re legally compliant at all times.

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What kind of waste do car garages produce?

Car garages produce a range of waste materials, including:

Packaging waste

Cardboard boxes, plastic containers, and wrapping materials.

Hazardous waste

Chemicals, solvents, and paint products.

General waste

Non-hazardous waste like paper, plastic, and food waste from employee areas.

Other waste garages produce

  • Parts Washer Fluid
  • Brake Cleaner Fluid
  • Waste Engine Oil
  • Used Oil Filters
  • Used Oily Rags & Absorbents
  • Thinners
  • Empty and full drums
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Antifreeze
  • Mixed Fuels
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How can I get a garage waste collection service?

To obtain a garage waste collection service, follow these steps:

  • Contact local waste management companies (like ours) to inquire about their services.
  • Provide information about the types and volumes of waste your garage generates.
  • Assess the service options available, including scheduled waste collection or drop-off points.
  • Choose a reputable waste management provider that offers services tailored to your garage’s needs.

How do garages dispose of used oil?

Garages must handle used oil responsibly to prevent environmental pollution. Common disposal methods for used oil include:

  • Recycling: Used oil can be recycled and reprocessed into lubricants or used as an energy source.
  • Collection programs: Utilise local used oil collection programs or take-back schemes offered by waste management authorities or oil suppliers.
  • Authorised disposal facilities: Ensure proper disposal by using authorised waste oil collection services or facilities.

Where can I dispose of car oil in the UK?

To ensure that your garage business avoids any fines for breaking UK regulations, the safest and often the cheapest way to dispose of car oil is to use a waste management company.

You can get a free quote from WasteManaged.

A waste management company will take the oil to be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

Do you have to pay to scrap a car in the UK?

In the UK, you may have to pay a fee to scrap a car, commonly known as a “scrappage fee” or “scrapping charge.”

The fee varies depending on factors such as the vehicle’s make, model, and location.

But make sure to shop around as there are “scrapping schemes” that may pay you for the vehicle.

Ensure that you engage with authorised and licensed scrap dealers who comply with legal requirements.

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What parts should you remove from a car before scrapping?

Before scrapping a car, certain parts should be removed. These typically include:

  • License plates: Take off the license plates and return them to the appropriate authority.
  • Hazardous materials: Safely remove and dispose of hazardous materials like batteries and fluids.
  • Valuable components: Consider removing valuable parts, such as radios or specialised accessories, if you plan to sell or reuse them.

How should you dispose of a used vehicle battery?

Used vehicle batteries contain hazardous materials and must be handled and disposed of properly. Follow these steps for safe battery disposal:

  • Take the battery to a registered waste facility or authorised collection point.
  • Utilise battery take-back programs offered by battery retailers or other garages.
  • Avoid placing used batteries in regular bins or landfill sites.

What happens to used tires?

Used tires can be recycled or repurposed in various ways:

  • Tire recycling facilities: Many recycling centres specialise in processing used tires, transforming them into various rubber products.
  • Repurposing: Tires can be repurposed as mulch, playground surfaces, or even used for construction purposes like creating artificial reefs. Consider donating them.
  • Energy recovery: Some facilities use tires as a fuel source in energy recovery processes.
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What are the garage waste collection regulations?

Garage waste disposal in the UK is regulated by several laws and regulations, including:

  • Hazardous Waste Regulations: These regulations outline specific requirements for handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous waste produced by garages.
  • Duty of Care Regulations: Garage owners have a legal obligation to ensure their waste is transferred to an authorised person and properly disposed of.

Get a garage waste collection quote

The best way to save money on a garage waste collection is to use a service that offers industry-leading perks such as free bin delivery and rental, no excess weight fees, and excellent customer support.

Get a quote from our team today and see how much your business can save!

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