PROHIBITED AND
RESTRICTED ITEMS

At EMR we have a responsibility to ensure that the materials we accept do not cause harm to the environment or the health and safety of our staff, customers and suppliers. To ensure that we honour this responsibility, we only accept materials in certain forms and from authorised sellers.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following materials cannot be accepted because they remain the property of the original owner or user:

  • Dairy trolleys / cages
  • Shopping trolleys
  • Beer kegs / casks
  • Gas cylinders - unless they have come through authorised routes

Gas cylinders can normally be returned to the supplier free of charge and dairy trolleys / cages, beer kegs / casks and shopping trolleys should be returned to the dairy, brewery or supermarket from which they originate.

The following additional items are prohibited, so cannot be accepted at any of our yards:

PCBS

Equipment such as transformers may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which we cannot accept. If such an item is brought in, it must be clean, uncontaminated and accompanied by a certificate of analysis proving it does not contain PCBs.

ASBESTOS

No item containing asbestos in any form will be accepted. For information on how to dispose of asbestos, please visit www.gov.uk/asbestos-in-home

SEALED PRESSURISED CONTAINERS

Items such as gas cylinders and aerosols pose a serious explosion risk and will not be accepted, unless they have come through an authorised route and have been safely depressurised, cleaned and purged. Please ensure that any loads you deliver into our yards have been checked in advance for the presence of any sealed containers or gas cylinders.

RADIOACTIVE ITEMS

We cannot accept material that is radioactive or contaminated with radioactive material. For information on how to dispose of radioactive materials, please visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/radioactive-substances-regulation-for-non-nuclear-sites

HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS OR GASES

We do not accept chemicals on site. Containers displaying the hazard symbol or substances with hazardous properties (e.g. toxic, harmful, irritant, corrosive, highly flammable, etc.) will not be accepted on site unless emptied and cleaned.

MUNITIONS / EXPLOSIVES

‘Live’ explosives of any kind will not be accepted. Any shell casings must be clean and kept separate from any other materials.

REFRIGERANT LIQUIDS OR GASES

Equipment containing refrigerant liquids or gases, such as fridges and freezers, can only be received by authorised facilities. These items are therefore only accepted at EMR Darlaston and EMR Willesden

 

TELEVISIONS / COMPUTERS

We cannot accept televisions or PC monitors.

RESTRICTED ITEMS

There are some items that are accepted at EMR sites but that are subject to restrictions and quality conditions.

BATTERIES

Batteries must be kept separate and removed from any other material brought into the yard.

TANKS

Tanks must be certified as clean and suitable for processing and can only be accepted with the agreement of the Site Manager. Find your local site here.

DRUMS

Drums must be clean and free from contamination.

DISPOSING OF PROHIBITED ITEMS

Your council can receive many of the items that we cannot and in some cases will collect large items and dispose of them safely. To arrange a pick-up, please locate your local council via www.gov.uk/collection-large-waste-items