Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
A proportion of your components will not have the desired surface finish and you will need to strip them before they are reprocessed. You might also periodically strip your jigs. Stripping is usually achieved using alkaline agents, eg hydrogen peroxide, followed by acid stripping agents, eg nitric acid.
You need to carefully manage chemicals used for stripping as they are corrosive and contain significant quantities of metals. Rinse waters used in the rework area will contain ever-increasing quantities of metals when they are reused.
Ensure that you do not make any discharge to public sewers, surface waters or groundwater without consulting the appropriate regulator.To make a discharge without the appropriate permission may be an offence and could lead to enforcement action.
You must comply with your duty of care responsibilities when dealing with waste.
Due to their hazardous properties, you must handle spent stripping agents and sludges from stripping tanks as hazardous/special waste.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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