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Hazardous and non-hazardous waste

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If you believe that there is an increased risk of your suppliers not handling hazardous and non-hazardous waste correctly, and you wish to include this topic in the annex to your Code of Conduct, you can add the following requirements to your Code of Conduct by clicking on "Save to clipboard".

Waste producing companies should sort their recyclable waste at source, and ensure the recycling of significant elements of the waste. The supplier should also take measures to ensure the correct handling, storage, transport and disposal of hazardous waste and other waste by, for example, using the right packaging and containers for storage, using spillage collection trays and providing protective clothing and training for employees. 

Hazardous and non-hazardous waste

a. The supplier has the necessary permits for the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

b. The supplier complies with any other legal requirements for the handling, disposal and storage of hazardous and non-hazardous waste (e.g. on-site by landfill or incineration, certain standards or procedures).

c. The supplier documents a list or register of hazardous and non-hazardous waste handled, stored and disposed of, including type and quantity (e.g. over the past three years).

d. The supplier provides information on safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - including documentation of adequate training of employees who handle hazardous and non-hazardous waste. The supplier provides necessary protective equipment for handling hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

e. The supplier clearly marks areas used for storage of hazardous and non-hazardous waste

f. The supplier properly labels all barrels and containers containing hazardous and non-hazardous waste e.g. including type of waste and a relevant symbol of danger.

g. The supplier clearly attempts to prevent and reduce the production of hazardous and non-hazardous waste through production efficiencies and alternatives.

h. The supplier documents disposal receipts from transport contractors.

i. The supplier ensures that contractors are licensed for transport, storage and final disposal of hazardous waste. 

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According to the "waste hierarchy", waste should be reduced, reused and recycled as much as possible. The supplier should take measures to ensure that waste is sorted into fractions such as paper, packaging and biodegradable waste. Waste that cannot be reused or recycled should be processed at an incineration plant, for example, or disposed of at controlled landfill sites or treatment facilities for hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste concerns a number of solid and liquid waste fractions that present a fire, health or environmental hazard. Examples of hazardous waste include liquid chemical waste, electronics, metal dust containing heavy metals, clinical risk waste, PCB/PCT (polychlorinated biphenyls/polychlorinated terphenyls), waste oil, shredder waste, flue gas waste and fly ash, and flue gas purification products from waste incineration facilities.

The supplier should take measures to ensure the safe handling, storage, transport and disposal of hazardous waste and other waste, such as by making personal protection equipment available to employees, including instructions and suitable training.

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