If you run a manufacturing plant or otherwise generate hazardous waste from a healthcare facility or local business in Georgia, it is imperative you know how to properly dispose of this waste appropriate. As Georgia locals, let our experts at MCF help you navigate requirements specific to the hazardous waste types your facility is generating.
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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.
As they tend to come from various state and federal bureaucracies at haphazard intervals, environmental regulations are plentiful, evolving, and challenging to track. Ignoring or misunderstanding them can subject you to daily fines in the tens of thousands—and even criminal consequences. This blog explains some of the hows & whys.
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.
If you generate hazardous waste in your industry, it’s very likely you already know you can be subject to fines if you are noncompliant with hazardous waste disposal laws. Not everybody, however, realizes that those fines have recently increased. This means the federal government is cracking down even harder on these kinds of violations, and if you’re caught not following the rules, it’s going to hurt a lot more than it ever used to!
Being prepared for a hazardous waste audit should always be on a company’s mind. After all, if you’re always prepared and performing all aspects of your hazardous waste management properly, there will be far less to worry about if and when these audits happen. If you’re not prepared, though, you are much more liable to pay fines and face other punitive actions for every violation found. What do you need to do, therefore, to be as prepared as possible?
RCRA regulations are a complex area within hazardous waste management, so it’s vitally important you’re working with a waste management company that has a thorough understanding of the intricacies of those laws. If you’re at all confused by current RCRA law, use the following as a general guide to brush up on the basics of what you need to know.
When people think of hazardous waste, they often imagine large containers bubbling over with oozing, neon sludge, but hazardous waste actually comes in many different forms and categories. One such lesser-known category is RCRA metals. There are eight of them, and if you suspect your Atlanta business, manufacturing plant, or property has this kind of contamination, you will need to get in contact with a reputable local hazardous waste management company to correctly identify and then subsequently deal with that issue.
Hazardous waste is one of the most highly regulated waste streams, and if you even think your Georgia-based company is generating any, it’s imperative you’re familiar with the RCRA law. Compliance is federally mandated, and being unaware or uninformed about RCRA regulations is never a viable legal excuse for not properly disposing of any hazardous waste you generate. To avoid fines, other penalties, and putting anyone (or anything) in contact with that waste in jeopardy, make sure you’re fully versed in RCRA and how it applies to your Georgia company.
One of the most dangerous types of generated waste is hazardous material. Because hazardous materials are so potentially harmful to people and the environment, it’s incredibly important that you properly identify whether you have RCRA hazardous waste or not. One subcategory within this waste type is RCRA metals, and if you suspect there has been contamination of this kind, it’s imperative you run the necessary tests and follow the proper protocol.