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Industrial Waste

Compliance

How is Industrial Waste properly managed?

to ensure safe and compliant management of Industrial Waste, the EPA suggests the following these steps:

Identify all hazardous waste you generate
Measure the amount of hazardous waste you produce
Obtain your EPA Identification Number
Prepare your waste for shipment by properly packaging and label your waste containers
Follow the required timeline for waste storage on-site
Engage a qualified waste transport provider to handle any waste treated offsite
Maintain accurate, detailed records and provide regular biennial reports of your waste management activities

 

Definitions

What are the three types of Industrial Waste?

There are three types of waste that fall into the category ‘ Industrial Waste’. These include:

Chemical Waste. Chemical waste is typically generated by factories, processing centers, warehouses, and plants. …
Solid Waste. In industrial services, solid waste includes a variety of different materials, including paper, cardboard, plastics, packaging materials, wood, and scrap metal. …
Toxic and Hazardous Waste.

How do you define Industrial vs Non-Industrial Waste?

Industrial wastes result from (or are incidental to) operations of industry, manufacturing, mining, or agriculture. Examples include wastes from manufacturing facilities, power generation plants, and research laboratories serving an industry. Nonindustrial wastes, by comparison, come from sources such as universities, hospitals, churches, dry cleaners, most service stations, and laboratories serving the public.

What is Toxic Waste?

Industrial waste can also be toxic or hazardous waste. If not managed properly, this type of industrial waste can cause harm to humans, animals and the environment by contaminating fresh waterways with a flow-on effect to animals and food cultivation.

Toxic waste is generally a byproduct of other materials generated at factories, hospitals and manufacturing facilities. Requirements for handling and disposal differ by state.

What is Hazardous Industrial Waste?

Hazardous industrial waste is a stream regulated under RCRA Subtitle C. Hazardous Industrial Waste is defined as waste that is not regulated under RCRA Subtitle D (for non-hazardous solid waste), it includes sewage, radioactive waste, shredded circuit boards, and spent sulfuric acid, among many others.

 

Storage and Accumulation

What regulations govern Industrial Waste Storage and Collection?

In order to fulfill the EPA’s hazardous waste disposal regulations, most industrial waste generators must first obtain an EPA identification number. Though waste can be stored onsite for 90 to 180 days (depending on the amount of waste generated), in some cases, an extension of the onsite storage period can be granted if the waste must be transported more than 200 miles for treatment and disposal. Severe penalties exist for storing waste on-site past the allowable time period, including potential fines of up to $50,000 per day. Additionally, jail time can be triggered if on site waste treatment is deemed unacceptable.

 

Transport and Disposal

How is Industrial Waste Transported?

industrial waste transportation services depend on the waste being transported. Industrial waste can be transported via tankers, dewatering boxes, air movers, or even simpler roll-off boxes. Talk to your industrial waste removal professionals if you are unsure of how to transport a specific type of material.

What is a Vacuum Truck used for?

Otherwise known as a ‘vacuum tanker’, vacuum trucks are commonly used to handle large-scale liquid and sludge clean up, one example being sewer and septic system maintenance. Vacuum trucks can be used in industrial and municipal settings to suction water and debris left from hydro-excavation or drilling jobs and to clear mud to free up utility lines or prevent sewer system overloads.

How does a Vacuum Truck work?

Similar to a shop vacuum, a vacuum truck is fitted with a holding tank from which air is removed by a powerful pump to create a vacuum inside. When primary and secondary shutoff valves from suction hoses are opened, the tank is forced to equalize the pressure inside, thereby enabling the truck to suck up liquids and sludges.