Improper hazardous waste disposal leads to groundwater and soil contamination that negatively affects people and animals coming into contact it. Such exposure can cause serious illness, disease, and potentially death. To prevent negative impact on humans and the environment, regulations are instituted with safety in mind, and a large part of that safety component is the use of waste codes.
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No matter what industry you’re in, there are a variety of categories that relate to generated waste. It’s essential that you and your employees all understand these different categories because the type of waste you’re dealing with will dictate how that waste needs to be stored, containerized, transported, and treated before disposal. One particularly important category is RCRA hazardous waste.
This blog entry explains chemical waste disposal in terms of its two elements, both of which need to be part of your chemical waste disposal guidelines. There’s treatment—either to detoxify a chemical waste or destroy it completely. And storage, which typically includes landfills, waste piles, ponds, lagoons, and deep-well injections.
If your doctor’s office or hospital is a fully functioning clinic, it’s very likely you periodically need to dispose of expired medications and biohazardous waste. However, it’s obviously not as easy as simply throwing this material away. There are some very specific regulations and restrictions regarding what kinds of medications get disposed of in what fashion. One common practice used by doctors’ offices and hospitals alike is simply putting expired medication in red bag waste. This is not the protocol for properly disposing of hazardous waste, though, and could lead to fines being levied against the facility.
Within the hazardous waste management industry, dry cleaning is a very specialized, niche market. The waste generated in that business is deemed hazardous, though, and several federal bodies highly regulate its handling, shipping, and treatment. If you’re in the dry cleaning industry and you’re working with a waste management company, it’s your responsibility to ensure that company has undergone and received the proper training, permitting, and insurance to safely, legally, and effectively handle dry cleaning waste.
Proper hazardous waste disposal is incredibly important to any manufacturer. Especially as the laws regarding correct hazardous waste treatment become even stricter and more stringently enforced, failure to comply with these legal requirements will carry increasingly severe consequences. If you’re at all uncertain about the correct way to go about disposing of your hazardous waste, reach out to a reputable hazardous waste disposal company to get yourself educated and informed—and hopefully avoid those penalties.
When you generate hazardous waste, you need to dispose of it properly – and that can be costly. It can be tempting to choose a lower price in order to keep your costs down. But the cheapest option isn’t always the best one, especially when you’re choosing a hazardous...
One of the most important factors in proper nonhazardous and hazardous waste disposal is selecting the right container in which to place that waste. Several factors affect this decision. For example, it matters what type of waste you’re containerizing, and the actual specifications of the container itself matter too. If you’re at all confused or unsure about this process, here are some waste management tips to help you along the way.
Chemical hazardous waste within a university setting needs to be properly disposed of. Not following the correct steps can quickly lead to unsafe situations (for students and staff) as well as fines for improper waste disposal. To avoid these negative consequences at your university, make sure the following steps are within your hazardous waste management plan.
If your college or university has a laboratory, maintenance department, or both, it’s very likely you have hazardous materials that need to be stored, packaged, shipped, and disposed of properly. In that case, it’s imperative you have the proper hazardous waste management plan in place. This will help ensure the safety of your employees and the safety of anyone or anything that comes in contact with your waste. As added incentive, it will also help your college avoid fines for improper hazardous waste disposal.