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Hazardous Waste Disposal. When it comes to hazardous waste disposal, things can get confusing. There are different regulations in every state and the process of hazardous waste disposal is very different depending on the type of business you have, and the volume of waste produced. If you’re not sure how to manage your hazardous waste or what kind of waste falls under that category, you won’t be alone. Many businesses struggle when it comes to handling hazardous materials. But don’t worry! We have all the answers you need regarding hazardous waste disposal procedures, as well as a few helpful tips for making the entire process easier. This article covers everything from an overview of why it’s so important to know how to manage hazardous waste properly, to dispose of your waste once it’s been categorized.

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What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is a broad term that is used to describe certain types of waste that are dangerous to both people and the environment. These wastes can be solid, liquid, or even gas. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), passed in 1976, was established to set up a framework for the proper management of hazardous waste. As per the EPA, “Simply defined, a hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment. Hazardous waste is generated from many sources, ranging from industrial manufacturing process wastes to batteries and may come in many forms, including liquids, solids gases, and sludges.

EPA developed a regulatory definition and process that identifies specific substances known to be hazardous and provides objective criteria for including other materials in the regulated hazardous waste universe. This identification process can be very complex, so EPA encourages generators of wastes to approach the issue using the series of questions.

Why is Proper Hazardous Waste Disposal So Important?

Hazardous waste must be disposed of properly, to avoid health risks and environmental risks, as well as fines. Under RCRA, hazardous waste generators are the first link in the hazardous waste management system. All generators must determine if their waste is hazardous and must oversee the fate of the waste. Furthermore, generators must ensure and fully document that the hazardous waste that they produce is properly identified, managed, and treated prior to recycling or disposal. The degree of regulation that applies to each generator depends on the amount of waste that a generator produces.

How to Identify Hazardous Waste?

Not all waste is hazardous. Many things can be used as waste in a variety of industries and will not be considered hazardous. – First, check with your state to see if they have specific regulations. This will help you identify what your state considers hazardous waste. – Next, look at the type of waste you’re dealing with. Ask yourself if it’s part of the four characteristics of hazardous waste, they are ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. If yes, it’s likely considered hazardous waste. Finally, think about the consequences if it is released into the environment. Is it harmful to people and animals? Does it damage the environment? If so, it’s likely hazardous waste. Next, check with your local recycling programs often you can find a recycler for hazardous waste.

Where Does Hazardous Waste Go?

Not all hazardous waste can be treated or disposed of in the same ways. You can find out which methods are allowed in your state. Different companies are licensed to provide hazardous waste disposal services. You can hire a hazardous waste facility that can treat and or dispose of it. The most common type of disposal facility is a specialty landfill, where hazardous wastes are disposed of in carefully constructed units designed to protect groundwater and surface water resources.

Bottom Line

Hazardous waste is a serious problem for many businesses. It can pose both health and environmental risks and should be disposed of correctly to avoid fines and injury. There are many different types of hazardous waste, and different regulations in every state. Walmart for example received a $110 million dollar fine for improper disposal of pesticides and other hazardous waste.

You should always check with your state to know exactly what waste is considered hazardous. Now that you know what hazardous waste is and why it’s important to dispose of it properly, you’ll be able to better navigate the process of properly disposing of your waste. For more information on hazardous waste disposal procedures or to get help with your waste management solutions, contact Bio-MED today.

Hazardous Waste Solutions for Any Midwest Industry 

Preventing dangerous exposure is the most important part of dealing with hazardous materials, be it for other people or the environment. Dealing with chemicals like those in treatment and power plants needs to be done in a sensible and compliant manner to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the air, water, and waste streams around it. Once we have removed hazardous waste from your facility’s premises, we dispose of it quickly and safely to prevent unwanted environmental risks. We service a wide variety of industries, including medical, non-medical, veterinary, government and military, and much more, so you can feel confident that Bio-MED Regulated Waste Solutions will have a reliable and cost-effective hazardous waste solution for your company.

The perfect solution for you hazardous waste containment is easier than you think. Just head over to our products page to explore your available hazardous waste containment solutions. When you’re ready to schedule service, a member of our team will walk you through all that you will need and help establish a pickup schedule based on the frequency of use.

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