Knowing what you need to pay for proper hazardous waste disposal can seem confusing, but hazardous waste disposal costs don’t need to be a mystery. With a little bit of research and the right tactics, you can learn and master everything you need to know about transportation fees and anything else associated with hazardous waste management pricing.

What Does Hazardous Waste Disposal Cost, and What Are Transportation Fees for Hazardous Waste?

Transportation Fees Are Not Set in Stone

The first important thing to realize with the cost of waste disposal and how it relates to your RCRA hazardous waste is that the transportation fee will vary from company to company. If you’re searching for qualified, reputable hazardous waste management companies, keep in mind that anything too high might mean you’re being overcharged, but anything too low might mean you’re compromising on the integrity and quality of the service you’re receiving.

Transportation Fees Vary with the Type of Waste

What you can expect to pay for transportation fees depends largely on the type of waste you’re hauling. For example, nonhazardous waste and dry freight can be as much as half the cost to transport hazardous waste.

A large part of this has to do with the liability involved should there be an accident during transport. The potential cleanup and damage from a nonhazardous shipment is drastically less than with hazardous materials. This factors in largely to the relative costs for nonhazardous and hazardous transport.

Hazardous Waste Transporters and How They Contribute to the Cost of Waste Disposal

The drivers actually doing the transporting must go through a significant amount of training before they are certified to haul hazardous material. The training is much less intensive, however, for anyone looking to haul nonhazardous waste.

Because of these extra training requirements and the increasingly demanding physical restrictions, some of the transport cost you assume is due to the requirements for these highly trained, highly regulated drivers.

Cost of Waste Management Transport: What’s Industry Standard?

 Prices are, of course, going to vary according to geographic region. Using Atlanta as an example, however, an average waste management price for the transport of hazardous waste would be in the ballpark of $45 per drum. On top of that, a company can expect to pay $50 for a stop charge. Twenty-two percent for fuel is considered industry standard.

Having a transportation cost per container (rather than a lump sum) is also most common.

A “fuel surcharge” can also include fuel insurance as well as an energy fee. Especially when diesel prices were extremely high, hazardous waste disposal companies had to implement this fee or risk going out of business. While the fee itself is variable, it is up to the specific company to determine the exact fuel surcharge. Typically, though, companies stay within an acceptable range of industry standard. Charging too high (or too low) could cost them business.

Hazardous Waste Removal Companies—With and without Outside Transporters

One way to help minimize some of these transportation fees and general waste management cost is to work with a hazardous waste disposal company that owns and operates its own trucks. By avoiding a company that works with an outside transporter, you reduce the number of companies that take a fee at every stage of the transportation process.

In a similar vein, be aware that if you ever need an immediate emergency pickup (perhaps due to an audit or some other special circumstance), a company might need to use an outside transporter in that situation. This could increase the waste management price for that particular shipment.

For more information about waste management costs and what’s considered industry standard in that regard, please feel free to contact a representative of MCF Environmental Services, a waste management Atlanta business.