garage residues

A clean and tidy workspace is a must for any organised garage and ensures daily activities flow without inconvenience. Adopting a tidying and cleaning routine is straightforward and it doesn’t cost a penny. Ultimately it will save us time and improve the health and safety of our garage.

A garage generates a considerable amount of different kinds of waste on their day to day running. It is paramount to have a good waste management system in place for its storage and disposal. The first step is to differentiate between types of residues:

  • Hazardous residues: used engine oil, batteries, paint, chemical substances, etc.
  • Safe residues: broken tools, tyres, glass windows, etc.
  • Urban residues: cardboard, plastic and small glass.

Law 22/2011 from the 28th of July regarding residues and soil pollution, sets out the obligations that garages must meet regarding the management of their waste. This regulation aims to promote measures that reduce waste by increasing resource use efficiency and therefore ameliorating its negative impact on the environment and the population. It also regulates the legal framework on soil pollution.

There are different ways to recycle

There are different ways in which the garage can manage its waste. The most common alternative is for garages to hire the services of Integrated Management Systems (IMS) companies. But a garage could also take charge of its own waste management making use of other public or private services.

The garage activity consumes large amounts of electricity, water and other fuels. It is essential to put in place some energy saving measures to achieve a more efficient use of our resources. A way of doing this could be by analysing energy consumption by working area and establishing measures to increase efficiency accordingly, such as replacing older machinery for more modern one.

Another key area which can have an environmental impact is storage. Ideally, the garage will have different areas where to store separately all tools and products in an organised, safe and efficient manner. Each container’s shape and size should suit the type of waste that is going to store and be colour coded. In this way everything will be easily identifiable.

Elements to consider

But this is not enough to apply a few environmentally measures. For a storage room to be truly organised it should also meet the following standards:

  • Everything must be clean and tidy.
  • Waste should be arranged by type.
  • Containers with hazardous substances must be adequately sealed.
  • Containers should be placed at a distance from one another so that their substances can not accidentally come into contact.
  • Any dangerous substances must be isolated from the rest.
  • The storage room must keep appropriate temperature and humidity levels.
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