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6 Tips for Managing Hazardous Waste Containers in Satellite Areas

September 19, 2014

If you’re storing hazardous waste in satellite accumulation areas, or 90-day areas, it would be wise to take a minute and review these six simple tips to avoid problematic scenarios (like spills or violations).

Hazardous waste kept in satellite accumulation area

Photo Credit: Department of Ecology, State of Washington

  1. Conduct a weekly inspection. Frequent inspections will keep you apprised of any potential problems – like leaning or staining from containers, poor container condition, and improper labeling. Always keep a logbook on hand, and if you or your employees discover an issue or even something that just seems unusual, be sure to keep detailed notes.
  2. Always keep containers closed. The only exception for this rule is when you are either adding or removing waste from its container.
  3. Keep containers in good condition. This is an invaluable step, as maintaining the quality of your containers is the best (and easiest) way to prevent a spill. This check-up should be done both before and after waste is added to containers, and determine whether corrosion, dents, or leaking is present. If a problem like this occurs, it is essential that the waste is moved from that container to one in good condition.
  4. Keep incompatible wastes separate.
  5. Ensure that all ignitable or reactive wastes are kept at a minimum of 50 feet from your facility’s property line. This kind of waste also cannot be stacked in an effort to save space.
  6. Keep ignitable or reactive wastes away from potential ignition sources. This includes operating machinery, sunlight, lit cigarettes, fire, and in some cases, water.

Have more questions on managing hazardous waste in satellite accumulation areas, or hazardous waste removal? Call Hazardous Waste Experts today at 800-936-2311 or click here to email us.


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