Tips for Managing Liquid Waste in the Workplace

Store liquid waste in the best possible area on site

Store your liquid waste in a covered area, where the sun and weather are unable to increase the risk of damage to containers. Keep in mind that rain entering the bunded area can increase the risk of contamination.

Also store your liquid waste in a bunded area, which means an area that has a perimeter which is able to contain liquid. Ensure that these bunds are actually spill-resistant and that, even in a worst-case scenario, they could contain all spillage.

That way, in the incident of a spill, your liquid waste will be contained and will limit the environmental risk and the risk to your business. When determining your location for storing liquid waste, select an area away from stormwater drains.

Limit movements in and around your liquid waste storage

Excessive movement and activity around your liquid waste can increase risk. For example, if your business operates forklifts, keep these clear of your liquid waste to reduce the risk of an accident. This does not mean that your operations should be ‘far away’ from your liquid waste storage. In fact, by reducing the distance between where the waste is generated and where it is stored, you can reduce the risk of an incident during waste transport.

Ensure that you label your liquid waste appropriately

This step is easy to forget with other work on your mind, but it is an essential step when it comes to managing your waste responsibly. Without labels, management of waste can become disorganised. Properly labelled waste helps when it comes time to dispose of the waste.

Use appropriate containers

Make sure that you are storing the waste in containers or drums that are appropriate to the type of waste being stored. If they are not, there is a risk of corrosion or other damage, and compromises being made to your waste management regime. Also, consider the age and condition of your storage equipment. If it is rusted, chipped, worn down, or dented, replacement is a top priority.

Know what to do if there is a spill

Be prepared for the worst. Familiarise with the protocol for handling a spill. The first step is to stop the spill if this is safe to do. For example, if a container has tipped over and is spilling, you may stand it back up if this is safe. The next priority is to contain the spill, using spill control/absorbent materials in a circle around it. Finally comes reporting to authorities and the clean-up. A professional liquid waste management company can assist with the clean-up of waste.

Never store too much

The risk increases in proportion with the quantity of the waste kept on site. Always ensure to clear the waste in a timely manner, and in a manner that is responsible. You can partner with a liquid waste removal and waste management Sydney company to dispose of your liquid waste. That way, you know it is being done by the book.

For more information on the management of liquid waste and how the professionals can help, contact Sydney waste service Enviro Waste on 1300 141 315 or We can also help with your grease trap, cleaning liquid waste, and other types of waste.


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