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Does Your Company Have a Contingency Plan to Deal With Possible Hazmat Disasters?

No commercial or industrial enterprise that involves chemicals or petroleum is immune from the possibility of a disaster: some unexpected contingency that occurs beyond normal operations and catastrophically impacts yourhazardous waste management. No matter how large or small your enterprise, you need to consider the environmental damage that might be caused by escaped hazardous [...]

By | 2017-06-06T11:02:04+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Does Your Company Have a Contingency Plan to Deal With Possible Hazmat Disasters?

Is “Landspreading” a Viable Option to Hazardous Waste Disposal?

Perhaps as old as agriculture itself, “landspreading” is the practice of returning to the soil a portion of the organic matter and fertilizing elements that might have been removed by harvested crops. On the simplest level, this is what you do when you set your lawnmower to “mulch,” leaving the grass clippings on your [...]

By | 2017-06-05T16:42:52+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Hazardous Waste, Non-Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Is “Landspreading” a Viable Option to Hazardous Waste Disposal?

New “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule” Goes Into Effect May 30

The first major effort in 35 years on the part of the EPA to amend its rules applicable to hazardous materials disposal goes into effect May 30th. Dubbed the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, it’s an attempt by the EPA to simplify some regulations for hazardous waste generators, making such rules easier to understand, while [...]

By | 2017-05-24T10:50:52+00:00 May 24th, 2017|EPA, Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on New “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule” Goes Into Effect May 30

Crucial Considerations for Consolidating Your Hazardous Waste Streams

Consolidating the waste streams entering your accumulation areas is one obvious way to reduce your hazardous waste disposal costs. Consider: Combining compatible waste materials into larger shipping containers reduces the number of units you need to ship, commensurately lowering your handling and transportation outlays. The fewer containers you handle and transport, the fewer units there [...]

By | 2017-05-16T10:19:19+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Crucial Considerations for Consolidating Your Hazardous Waste Streams

Don’t Let Bungled Hazardous Waste Management Destroy Your Brand Equity

In this age of heightened awareness about environmental issues, you can kill or seriously injure your brand image with just one bad decision. Germany’s Volkswagen Group has gone out of their way to prove this, installing an illegal defeat device with intent to cheat on emissions tests. But you don’t need criminal intent to do [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:03+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Don’t Let Bungled Hazardous Waste Management Destroy Your Brand Equity

“Spring Clean” Your Compliance Records For Hazardous Waste Management

The advent of warm weather induces many of us in to clean and organize our life spaces. We sweep out our garages, return order to our basements, excise barrels of dust bunnies from beneath our beds, wipe under the knickknacks as well as around them, etc. Unfortunately, the realities of hazardous waste management discourage waiting [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:03+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Spring Clean” Your Compliance Records For Hazardous Waste Management

Post-Consumer And Post-Industrial Nylon Recycling

Due to the technical challenges that are common to nylon recycling, there are relatively few recycling facilities that accept nylon. But there are recyclers who have the specialized equipment and expertise to create post-consumer and/or post-industrial plastics from used nylon, and they compete against one another to obtain it. Nylon is an extraordinary invention that’s [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:03+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Recycling|Comments Off on Post-Consumer And Post-Industrial Nylon Recycling

Does the EPA Alcohol Exemption Apply to Your Business?

Solid or otherwise, not all waste that incidentally contains alcohol necessarily requires hazardous material removal.  So how do you know? EPA hazardous waste regulations stipulate that any aqueous solution with a flashpoint below 140F is ignitable and therefore requires hazardous waste management. However, this rule does not apply to aqueous solutions containing less than 24 [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:03+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Regulatory|Comments Off on Does the EPA Alcohol Exemption Apply to Your Business?

Airbag Hazardous Waste: Unintended Consequence to a Decades-Old Safety Regulation

Supplemental restraint systems (aka airbags) have been required in all new passenger vehicles since 1989 in the United States. Over the course of those nearly 30 years, a good many of these vehicles have seen the end of their useful lives, predictably winding up in vehicle dismantling facilities—junkyards—for recycling. Once there, undeployed airbags present safety [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:03+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Airbag Hazardous Waste: Unintended Consequence to a Decades-Old Safety Regulation

Drinking Water Contamination: Can It Happen In Your Town?

Think about lead. There is probably no metallic constituent in our industrial society for which the vigilant practice of hazardous waste management is more important. As this is being written, lead commands nearly $2400 per metric ton. It is an essential material in car batteries—especially in the rapidly expanding realm of electric and hybrid vehicles. [...]

By | 2017-02-16T11:26:15+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Environmental Remediation, Safety|Comments Off on Drinking Water Contamination: Can It Happen In Your Town?