The STFC Environment Policy makes it clear that the disposal of waste should be considered to be an act of last resort and that, in priority order, alternatives such as avoiding the creation or minimising the generation of wastes and re-using or recycling waste should be considered when planning work or projects.
The STFC has a 'Duty of Care' to ensure that any waste it generates - Controlled Wastes - is stored safely and securely on any STFC site and that it is disposed of only through licensed disposal routes and carried by licensed waste carriers. Ensuring such is are the duties of the Waste Disposal Officers (WDOs) and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors (DGSAs).
Some STFC wastes are also classified as Hazardous Wastes ( or Special Waste in Scotland), for example chemical wastes, and this is subject to more stringent disposal requirements.
There are also specific requirement to separate certain types of waste from the general waste: Batteries; Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment; and Fluorescent Tubes. This code does not address asbestos waste or radioactive waste which are covered by separate codes.