Disposal of upholstered domestic seating – the changes.

Upholstered domestic seating regulations Oxfordshire

Upholstered domestic seating regulations Oxfordshire

From January 1, 2023, new regulations were introduced in the UK concerning the disposal of upholstered domestic seating that contains Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). These regulations will significantly impact the house clearance industry in Oxfordshire and elsewhere. Let’s delve into the details:

  • Upholstered domestic seating includes items like sofas, armchairs, recliner chairs, kitchen and dining room chairs, garden furniture, and more.
  • If these items contain POPs (such as flame-retardant chemicals), they are subject to the new regulations.
  • Mattresses, curtains, blinds, beds, and commercial seating not used in homes are not covered by this guidance.

Incineration, Not Landfill: The key change is that waste upholstered domestic seating containing POPs cannot be disposed of in landfills. Instead, it must be incinerated.

Waste Transfer Note: When handling such waste, you must:

  • Describe it as ‘domestic seating waste containing POPs’.
  • Classify it with the list of waste code 20 03 07.
  • List the relevant chemicals in the waste transfer note.

Although this waste is classified as absolute non-hazardous, it still requires proper management.

Commercial seating (used outside homes) is also at risk of containing POPs.

The duty of care extends to commercial seating as well.

Upholstered seating waste containing POPs poses environmental risks.

Compliance with these regulations is essential for the house clearance industry.

In summary, the new regulations prioritise incineration over landfill for waste upholstered seating containing POPs. The house clearance industry must adapt to these changes to ensure proper disposal and environmental protection. How this affects our customers in Oxfordshire depends on the nature of the rubbish to nb e taken away. Please give us a call on 01993 709722 for some friendly and free advice.

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Absolutely not as we have our own Property clearance Vans (Luton Low Loaders) and all the Waste, Rubbish, Furniture and Furnishings will be cleared the same day and taken away the same day.

Yes we can as we deal with many Housing Association’s and Councils who insist on the Carpet and flooring being removed ready for the new tenants moving in.

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Absolutely not! (as above) We are fully licensed to dispose of your waste and all of your waste will be removed and disposed of on the day.

Anything we feel we can sell on will reflect in the final quote, and the rest of the Furniture and items are either recycled (98% recycled) or donated to local Charity shops

Of course we can, we deal with many Oxfordshire Solicitors and Estate Agents on a daily basis.
If it helps we can liaise with the Solicitor or Estate Agent by picking up and dropping off the keys for both the clearance and the Quote!
We can even work with the local Council or Housing association or the neighbour next door.
We have performed hundreds if not thousands of House clearances across the years, so we are used to dealing with all kinds of different scenarios, plus we offer a free Key drop and collection service which has proved to be extremely popular over the years as this takes the stress out of having to let us in at the start of the clearance, which is usually early in the morning and being there at the end of the clearance.

Please do not worry, on many occasions we complete a clearance where there are items that the family would like to keep. In this incidence you clearly mark any items to stay, we usually gather the items in one room so they are in safekeeping. This is not uncommon and applies to nearly every clearance that we complete.

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