For trucking and logistics companies, there are a lot of challenges to navigate in managing day-to-day operations, from supply chains to regulations, but one thing that may not come to mind is hazardous waste. However, the fact is that if you’re in the business of transportation, you probably require a considerable amount of waste management, including for hazardous and non-regulated waste.

From daily activities to repair and even serious accidents, waste is constantly generated and must be cleaned and disposed of. Fortunately, the waste experts at MCF Environmental are here to help with high-quality services and certified disposal.

01   /  What Hazardous and Non-Regulated Waste Is Generated by Trucking?

Whether they are in the garage or on the road, trucks will inevitably generate some amount of waste. This includes common vehicle fluids like antifreeze and oil. Even regular maintenance activities for these powerful vehicles will create hazardous and non-regulated waste that must be properly stored and disposed of in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Another concern is traffic accidents which can create a large amount of waste that must be handled quickly all at once. This can be particularly significant in cases where the material being hauled is classified as hazardous waste.

02   /   Hazardous and Non-Regulated Waste Created During Routine Truck Maintenance

Even when garaged, trucks will invariably generate waste. Old gasoline, used antifreeze, oil filters, and old vehicle bulbs are only a few examples of the many types of hazardous and non-regulated waste that may be generated in the course of regular maintenance. Under state and federal regulations, these wastes must be properly segregated from ordinary waste, transported appropriately, and disposed of according to strict procedures.

It’s essential to choose a waste vendor that has experience with transportation businesses. MCF Environmental can help. With our team of experts, we can work with you to identify the types of waste your facility is generating in order to ensure correct containment, storage, and transport. This analysis is a key step that will help our experts provide you with advice on how to comply with the strict standards regarding these former steps, as well as how these materials can be managed.

From here, we’ll provide the most cost-effective solutions for waste management, including treatment and disposal of all types of waste generated by trucking. Our qualified team can help with a complete waste management program that includes scheduling, transportation, and disposal of all hazardous wastes.

03   /    How Are Hazardous Wastes Cleaned Up After a Traffic Accident?

A traffic accident is bad enough to start with, particularly for tractor-trailers, but when hazardous materials are involved, it can get even worse. After an accident, the U.S. Department of Transportation states that the responsible party will be held accountable for the final removal and disposal of spillage and other wastes. 

Whenever hazardous materials are being transported, they must be appropriately documented, and a cleanup plan should already be prepared. Depending on the nature of the waste and the accident, the cleanup may range from simply gathering up any spilled waste to be carried away to significant excavation and environmental remediation.

The fact is that no cleanup is exactly the same, and the work involved will depend on the circumstances, but no matter the facts of the given case, the right waste vendor can help. In most cases, liquid spills will be contained in absorbent substances by first responders using materials such as vermiculite and moved to the side of the roadway. Other waste may simply be left in the vehicles or containers for disposal by qualified waste experts.

04   /    How Can a Hazardous Waste Vendor Help?

Once called to the site, a licensed and permitted waste expert can assess the site and assist in several ways. The experts at MCF Environmental Services can help with HAZMAT cleanup services and waste removal including identifying the wastes, providing environmental remediation services, and supplying DOT-approved containers including chemical-compatible pails and drums for the collection of substances.

These wastes will then need transportation and disposal, and once again, a hazardous waste vendor can help by ensuring a safe delivery to a licensed facility. Here, the hazardous and non-regulated waste can be appropriately stored, treated, and disposed of in accordance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

Planning ahead by working with a waste disposal partner who can provide advice on the safe and legal elimination of waste as well as any relevant regulations a particular company faces is wiser than waiting until an incident happens that might incur serious legal consequences or hefty fines for improper handling. Choose a team like MCF, with over 30 years of industry experience and a commitment to always providing a competent and reliable waste disposal process. Not only does MCF provide a dedicated service fleet and a variety of turnkey waste management services in 24 states, but the team also provides legal guidance and necessary items for paperwork compliance.

05   /  Trust MCF Environmental Services to Keep Your Transportation Company Safe from Waste Compliance Issues

Whether it is generated by regular operations or a sudden and costly traffic accident, trucking and logistics companies must be prepared to handle the burden of hazardous and non-regulated waste. The fact is that generators of waste, which in this case means the company that owns the vehicle, are responsible for the waste from its creation to its final destruction.

This “cradle to grave” responsibility means that no matter where the waste is or who is currently overseeing it, a waste generator continues to be responsible for any hazardous and non-regulated waste it generates. This is why it is crucial to work with an experienced, DOT-certified waste management company with the insurance and treatment capacity to ensure your waste is being handled responsibly and minimize your risk.

Trucking and logistics companies across the US trust MCF Environmental Services to maintain compliance, ensure safety throughout their travels and be there in case there is an accident. Turn to MCF Environmental to prioritize your business’s safety and security. Reach out to learn more about what sets our experienced team apart and why countless businesses like yours rely on MCF Environmental for all of their waste disposal and remediation needs.

Robert Losurdo

President, COO