The terminology surrounding waste management tends to be confused and conflated. This is particularly true of industrial waste—sometimes called “manufacturing waste.”
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It’s easy to be considered a toxic-waste generator in the eyes of RCRA. E.g., the moment you open a can of solvent and use it, you’ve joined the club. You might only produce a single quart of toxic waste weekly, but the improper disposal of even such a miniscule amount can put you in violation of RCRA.
The type of waste you generate (whether hazardous or non-hazardous) directly impacts handling, transport and disposal requirements. Because the rules vary according to the waste type (and because the generator of the waste is always liable for that waste), your very first step in any hazardous waste management plan should be determining the type of waste you have.
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.
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!
When it comes to hazardous waste, it’s pivotal that you know exactly what paperwork is required for you to properly and safely dispose of that waste. If you’re not completely familiar with both hazardous waste manifests and bills of lading, you could be filling out your paperwork incorrectly—and that leaves you vulnerable to fines and other punitive actions against your institution.
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?