Environmental Management Technologies
In 2021, hazardous waste management presents a variety of challenges for most businesses and industries in the United States. Almost all medium- to large-scale industries generate some kind of hazardous or universal waste streams and it can be hard for business owners to keep it all straight. From heavy metals and acids in the metal finishing industry to solvents, paints, and aerosols in manufacturing plants, more and more businesses are generating hazardous waste, and the regulations that govern the industry are becoming more complicated to keep up with. Even those batteries and light bulbs that were once just tossed in the trash bin have become a part of waste stream regulations. When was the last time you went into any business that worked by candlelight? Every modern business creates some kind of regulated waste.more
According to an article published in The New York Times, the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) has published a list of 10 of the most toxic threats it will evaluate under the law passed last year.
The new law is intended to crack down on some the world’s most hazardous chemicals.
The 10 chemicals on this list are some of the more prevalent chemicals found today in a variety of industries, including your home and schools.
Not manufactured in the U.S. since 2002, it can still be imported from overseas and is commonly found in brakes, roof tiles, gaskets and insulation that has not been updated.
Asbestos is linked to lung cancer and a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma
This organic compound is found in foam-cushion manufacturing, DRY CLEANING, lubricants, refrigerants and agricultural chemical manufacturing.
The solvent can cause nervous system disruptions, loss of consciousness and has been associated with reduced blood cell counts, liver and...more
Whether you produce hundreds of tons of hazardous waste a year, or are a small quantity generator, you are responsible for this waste from cradle to grave. That is why it’s imperative that you align yourself with a reputable, trust-worthy hazardous waste hauler. These 3 tips will help you along the way in your search for the best company for your environmental needs.
1. Do you have the proper insurance, permits and training?
This should be the first questions on your list, hence the reason it’s the first questions on this list!! There are many “fly-by-night” companies in all industries. That’s why it’s so important to do your due diligence when it comes to hiring a hazardous waste hauler. Asking for these documents up front can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
If they hesitate in any way when asked this question, then move on to the next company on your list.
2. Where will you be shipping our waste?
As was previously mentioned, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WASTE FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE!! I cannot stress...more
1. Always make sure that containers are properly marked with the appropriate labels and placards.
When placing labels and stickers on your containers it is important to make sure that the labels are in a place where they can be easily read by anybody who enters the area. It is recommended to use weather proof labels and placards so they maintain their integrity through inclement weather. After all, what would be the point of having the labeling if they cannot be seen or read.
2. Make sure waste is always stored in the appropriate containers.
When it comes to storing your hazardous waste, not all containers are created equal. For example, corrosive materials will eat through your metal containers in a heartbeat. Just as a flammable liquid needs to be ground in a metal container. Always consult your hazardous waste provider or SDS sheet when choosing your containers for hazardous waste storage.
3. Your containers get old too!
It is a good practice to inspect all containers that you intend to use for...more