Every business, big or small accumulates a number of wastes. Companies who don’t deal with hazardous substances have no problem when it comes to proper waste disposal. They only have to segregate their trash and wait for the garbage collectors. However, many businesses who deal with hazardous substances deal with the same pressing issue, how to properly dispose of toxic wastes. Improper disposal of the garbage can get the company in trouble, and it could also jeopardize not just the products but the workers as well. Therefore, it is necessary to give attention to the garbage disposal. You can hire a waste management services agency to take care of most of your wastes. They are experts when it comes to hazardous substances and can ensure the safety of everyone in the company premises. It is also less hassle for you and your employees. However, for smaller amounts of garbage, there are things you can do for proper disposal.
Check EPA for Hazardous Waste
The first thing you need to obtain is a list of hazardous waste from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They have a complete list of materials that are considered dangerous and how they can get disposed of properly. There are different classifications as well as varying levels of toxicity. The F-list comprises of wastes from common processes like solvents and cleaners. The K-list is from petroleum refining. On the other hand, the P-list and U-list consist of chemical products. The most common ones in this list are pesticides and pharmaceutical items. There are many other products not included in the list but are still hazardous, and therefore they must always be disposed of accordingly. The next step for you is to check whether your wastes are on the list, so you know how to dispose of them.
Classify Your Waste
The next thing you need to do is to determine your types of hazardous wastes so you know how you should dispose of them. There are three types of methods according to EPA. They are underground injection, land disposal, and incineration.
Incinerating Organic Hazardous Waste
EPA approves of incinerating organic trash as it reduces the space needed for discarding and storage. However, you cannot just burn it like ordinary waste. You are obliged to obtain an incinerator that complies with the Clean Air Act. The purpose of this is to ensure that toxins don’t get released into the air.
Disposing Solid Hazardous Waste
EPA advises burying solid waste into the ground. If you have an acceptable facility for burying them then you can do it yourself; however, you may also choose to dispose of them in a waste pile, landfill or a land treatment unit.
Disposing Liquid Hazardous Waste
When it comes to liquid hazardous waste, the only acceptable way of disposal is through an underground injection well. The well is a hole bored very deeply in the ground. It is a space where liquids can safely get released without causing any contamination in both soil and underground water. You can check on underground injection wells near your area for more efficient disposal.
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