The Waste Skip Code

The Waste Skip Code was recently released by Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service regarding the safe and proper use of waste skips.

Skips can prove costly when it comes to insurance as every year many thousands of fires involving waste materials are started deliberately. These fires often involve piles of rubbish, waste skips and other types of large plastic containers.

If these containers are placed too close to a building, radiated hear could damage the structure, and flames may enter the premises via windows, eaves and wall claddings, thus causing a serious fire to develop resulting in the loss of property and jobs.

These fires may endanger the lives of staff, fire fighters, and members of the public.

The following guidance outlines measures, which may be taken in order to reduce the occurrence of this type of fire.

  • Site skips 10 meters from all buildings if possible, but not less than 6 meters.
  • Do not locate skips under a canopy, overhanging roof, trees, or site against glazed or combustible construction.
  • If possible use secure skips for combustible waste, and lock the doors or lid when the premises are not occupied.
  • Do not give the arsonist a chance; remove the fuel by having your skip collected as soon as possible.
  • Do not position skips over fire hydrants, or obstruct fire exists, or fire service access routes.
  • Keep combustibles away from perimeter fencing.
  • Ensure that skips are delivered to a designated area.
  • Do not put aerosol cans, gas cylinders, and other cans of flammable liquids in your skip.
  • Seek specialist advise regarding the disposal of biohazards, asbestos, and other toxic substances.

Under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 YOU have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe.

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