Hazardous waste that is not properly managed can pose a serious threat to the health of humans and the environment.
What is a hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste is waste with properties that make it dangerous or having a harmful effect on human health or the environment. It can be generated from various sources, including industrial manufacturing processes and batteries. Hazardous waste can be in a liquid, solid, gas, and sludge form.
Identifying hazardous waste
For a material to be classified as a hazardous waste, it must first be a solid waste, as the hazardous waste management program uses the term solid waste to define something that is a waste. Once the material has been determined to be solid waste, it is examined to see whether or not the waste is a listed or characteristic hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste generators
Hazardous waste generators are the first link in the hazardous waste management system. All generators need to determine whether their waste is hazardous and must oversee the responsible disposal of the waste. They also need to fully document that the hazardous waste that they produce is properly identified, managed, and treated prior to recycling or disposal.
Transporting hazardous waste
Following the production of a hazardous waste, transporters can move the waste to a facility that can recycle, treat, store, or dispose of it. Since these transporters are moving regulated wastes along public routes on roads, highways, rails and waterways, there are specific regulations that apply. A waste management company like WasteWise is compliant with these regulations and best suited to assisting you in the removal and transporting of hazardous waste.
Recycling, treating, storing, and disposing of hazardous waste
Regulations have been developed to best balance the conservation of resources and ensuring the protection of human health and environment with the safe elimination of hazardous waste. Many hazardous wastes can be recycled safely and effectively, while other need to be treated and disposed of in landfills or incinerators. Improper storage of hazardous materials could cause spills, leaks, fires, and contamination of soil and drinking water.