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Some Worthy National Conferences For Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

January is a good time to start pondering your schedule for professional development, and so we’ve listed a number of annual national conferences that focus upon hazardous waste management. So as not to be overwhelming, we’ve limited ourselves to U.S. national conferences, effectively ignoring such worthies as the International EcoWASTE Conference in Abu Dhabi. Neither have we [...]

By | 2018-01-03T13:32:06+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Some Worthy National Conferences For Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

What are the Educational Requirements for your Onsite Hazardous Waste Manager?

  Perhaps some people are born to hazardous waste management. Others aspire to it. And yet others have it thrust upon them. But whatever the case, while the academic requirements to become a hazardous waste manager vary across employers, in virtually all cases the minimum educational prerequisite is—or should be—an undergraduate degree. Usually, that degree [...]

By | 2017-12-14T09:48:43+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What are the Educational Requirements for your Onsite Hazardous Waste Manager?

Is the EPA a Creature of Republican Environmentalism?

Few remember (and perhaps many simply do not want to know) that the EPA was created by a Republican president nearly a half-century ago. Would you believe: Richard M. Nixon? By way of history, during the late 1950’s and throughout the 1960’s there was increasing public concern about environmental degradation. Such alarm was intensified by [...]

By | 2017-12-14T09:41:40+00:00 December 15th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Is the EPA a Creature of Republican Environmentalism?

Can You Treat Hazardous Waste Without A Treatment Permit?

Any enterprise intending to engage in hazardous waste “treatment” is required to obtain a treatment permit from the EPA, per the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Bear in mind that the EPA deems almost any facet of hazardous waste management as an instance of “treatment,” including any effort to make a hazardous waste non-hazardous [...]

By | 2017-11-16T15:01:31+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Regulatory|Comments Off on Can You Treat Hazardous Waste Without A Treatment Permit?

Are Environmental Regulations In Your State More Stringent Than Those Of The EPA?

Individual states have the power to adopt hazardous waste management regulations that are more stringent than those of the federal government—and a number of them have done so. How did that happen? In matters of hazardous waste disposal, the face of the EPA is likely that of your state—not the federal government. This is because the 1976 Resource Conservation [...]

By | 2017-11-01T10:16:28+00:00 November 6th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Are Environmental Regulations In Your State More Stringent Than Those Of The EPA?

Is Fuel-Blending A Viable Option To Hazardous Waste Management For Your Business Or Enterprise?

One way to lessen the capital cost of hazardous waste management is to recycle the valuable constituents of such wastes for reuse, or blend them into fuel. Beyond the obvious economic benefit, recycling mitigates damage to the ecology by reducing the amount of materials requiring hazardous waste disposal; and fuel-blending has the added benefit of reducing fossil [...]

By | 2017-10-13T15:23:18+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Is Fuel-Blending A Viable Option To Hazardous Waste Management For Your Business Or Enterprise?

Is the Science & Practice of Hazardous Waste Management Overdue for a Software Update?

As in just about every industry nowadays, so-called “smart” technologies can streamline and improve the ways that waste and recycling companies do business. But these technologies are not common among smaller waste handlers (in general) nor among hazardous waste management companies (in particular). Reasons are manifold: First, they are generally not as cost effective as [...]

By | 2017-10-02T09:07:57+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Hazardous Waste, Technology|Comments Off on Is the Science & Practice of Hazardous Waste Management Overdue for a Software Update?

Is That HAZMAT Container Really Empty? Don’t Be Too Sure

When it comes to hazardous waste containers, what appears empty to you might not be considered so by the EPA. So the containers themselves might be subject to hazardous waste regulation, and inadvertently mishandling them can run you afoul of the law, even after having complied carefully with all hazardous waste management mandates for [...]

By | 2017-09-18T15:43:18+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Is That HAZMAT Container Really Empty? Don’t Be Too Sure

Your Environmental Emergency Requires an EPA Provisional Identification Number—And More!

Perhaps your business or enterprise doesn’t normally produce hazardous waste. But that doesn’t mean the intricate requirements of hazardous waste management couldn’t suddenly be thrust upon you. If deemed an environmental hazard, a spill or other kind of emergency can set into motion the regulatory prerogatives of the EPA; and what’s totally benign in moderation can [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:04:32+00:00 September 13th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Your Environmental Emergency Requires an EPA Provisional Identification Number—And More!

Hazardous Waste Disposal for Unthinkable Circumstances—Would Your Team Be Ready?

One of the many awkward truths about dying is that it can be very messy. When it fails to come gently (think: accidents, suicides, homicides, and decomposition after unattended death), there will likely be blood, bodily fluids, and feces with which to contend. These substances can transmit staph, hepatitis, HIV, and other communicable diseases—some of which can live more than [...]

By | 2017-08-17T16:20:48+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Medical Waste|Comments Off on Hazardous Waste Disposal for Unthinkable Circumstances—Would Your Team Be Ready?