There are many steps required to legally and safely transport hazardous waste as well as any variety of non-hazardous waste. One of the most crucial steps in that process is properly filling out a waste profile. What exactly is this form, though, and why is it so important to this process of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal?

Hazardous Waste Profile and Non-Hazardous Waste Profile - What You Need to Know.

What Is This Profile?

This form essentially lists out all the chemical properties of a particular type of waste.

It used to be known as a waste characterization profile. As many things have shifted and changed in this industry over the years, the name of this piece of paperwork was subject to one such change.

Is This Hazardous Waste Profile Sheet Necessary?

Yes! Whenever you are shipping hazardous waste or nonhazardous waste, a profile absolutely must be completed.

For the treatment storage and disposal facility (also sometimes referred to as a TSD facility) to even accept a shipment, it must have received that paperwork in advance.

This applies to both a non-hazardous waste profile and a hazardous waste profile. That is, regardless of the type of waste, the receiving facility needs to know beforehand what it's set to accept.

Who Is Responsible for Creating This Form?

As the generator of the waste, it's your responsibility to create this form prior to shipment. It requires a signature to confirm that what you're shipping is accurately reflected on that form.

This is one pivotal reason working with a hazardous waste management company can prove so beneficial. If you choose a reputable company, they will have the experience, resources, and know-how to fill out such forms accurately and help you avoid any penalties or consequences associated with the paperwork containing misinformation of any variety.

What's on the Form?

The form details specifics about the waste, such as:

  • Its chemical composition.
  • Whether it's a liquid, sludge, or solid.
  • If it has any discernible odor.
  • Its DOT description.
  • Its flash point (if relevant).
  • Its EPA hazardous waste code.

Other information on the form includes:

  • What type of container the waste will be shipped in, whether that means a cubic yard box or a thirty-gallon drum.
  • How the waste was created in the first place. (Is it paint that was used and then spilled? Or is it a waste steam that's past its life expectancy?)

What Else Is Required?

In addition to the profile, an SDS sheet (safety data sheet) is required.

Remember, MSDS and SDS are essentially the same form. The SDS is just the more up to date version and what is standard practice now to use.

Also recall that a hazardous waste manifest is required whenever shipping hazardous waste.

Why Does the TSD Facility Need This?

A profile accomplishes several important goals in nonhazardous and hazardous waste disposal.

  • This form lets the receiving facility know exactly what's coming. By explicitly listing every constituent part of this waste, the facility can accurately assess whether it's legally able to receive the type of waste you're shipping. This applies to type of waste as well as more pragmatic concerns, such as whether the facility has enough room to receive what you're shipping.
  • It lets that facility know how it will go about treatment and/or disposal. In some cases, a facility might even ask for a sample of the waste to send to a lab for testing. This confirms the identity and chemical makeup of the waste, and it helps them guarantee that their method of intended disposal will be legally compliant and effective.

Once they've determined the waste type, they will know whether the waste can be landfilled or whether it needs to be put through a treatment process. For medical waste, for example, that usually entails either medical waste incineration or putting through a medical waste autoclave.

  • Perhaps most importantly, it's all about safety. If you ship something air reactive without stating that on the paperwork, the people handling the waste at the receiving facility are potentially subject to injury.

For more information about hazardous or nonhazardous waste disposal and the required paperwork that accompanies that process, please feel free to contact a representative of MCF Environmental Services, a hazardous and non-hazardous waste management company in Atlanta, Ga with over twenty-five years of experience in the industry.