If you run a manufacturing plant or otherwise create hazardous waste in your Georgia business, it’s imperative you know how to properly dispose of that generated waste stream. Every state has slightly different rules and regulations as they apply to hazardous waste disposal. Therefore, if you have any doubt about how to comply with those regulations, you should reach out to a local hazardous waste disposal company to guide you through this process.
Hazardous Waste Management in Georgia – Important Information Regarding Removal and Disposal.
The First Step: Finding Reputable Companies
RCRA hazardous waste is a highly regulated substance that needs to be properly identified, packaged, transported, and disposed of. As the generator of that waste, you are legally and financially responsible for that waste until it’s been properly treated and disposed of.
Because that legal and monetary onus falls on you, the first step when reaching out to waste management companies is to ensure they are experienced, reputable, and knowledgeable. Choosing the wrong company can have drastic consequences for you and your business, so make sure before anything else that you vet this company for years in the business, honesty, and experience with your particular waste stream.
What to Tell Hazardous Waste Disposal Companies
Once you’ve found a company you feel comfortable with, give them as much information about your business as you can.
- How you produce your waste.
- How much you produce.
- Where that waste is being generated from.
The more information the hazardous waste management company has to work with, the better prepared they are to properly handle your situation.
Be especially diligent about explaining how much waste you produce because this determines your EPA generator status. Whether you’re a small or large quantity generator affects how you need to handle your waste—including how often you are legally required to ship.
Why Local Hazardous Waste Management Companies Are Best
Especially if you’re new to your industry, you want a company based in Georgia to handle your hazardous waste management. They are simply more likely to be familiar with any laws or regulations specific to Georgia.
A good Georgia waste management company will walk you through how to:
- Properly package your waste for shipment.
- Identify what is RCRA hazardous waste and what is non-hazardous waste.
- Identify what needs to be segregated from other waste streams.
- Properly and safely store hazardous waste until shipping.
- Determine what size and type of containers to use for shipment (including information on UN-rated containers).
- Label and identify waste with its corresponding hazardous waste code.
Hazardous Waste Assessment
Another big benefit of working with a local company is that the management company can actually come to your place of business and do a thorough site visit. This will allow the Georgia waste management company to see firsthand what your plant or manufacturing facility is doing.
Some benefits of this walkthrough include:
- The company can advise you in person about how best to handle your waste, which allows you to ask any and all questions in real time.
- The company can identify other ways to help with your waste needs, such as how best to deal with all universal waste (batteries, light bulbs, etc.).
If you’re within a reasonable distance from your potential waste management company, most will offer this hazardous waste assessment free of charge.
Full-Service Waste Management Companies
In addition to looking locally in Georgia, also consider working with a full-service company. A full-service company is licensed, permitted, insured, and prepared to handle every aspect of legally dealing with your generated waste. In this way, one company that you know and trust can handle all aspects of your waste disposal.
Among other things, a full-service company can:
- Fill out and provide all necessary paperwork to prove you’ve fulfilled your obligation for legally handling the waste.
- Identify what waste you actually have—either by pulling samples and sending them to a lab or by examining your SDS sheets.
- Complete a waste profile for every generated waste stream to ensure proper handling and acceptance at the treatment facility.
For more information about hazardous waste disposal or management in Georgia, please feel free to contact a representative of MCF Environmental Services, an Atlanta waste management company with over twenty-five years in the business.