Are you spending too much on hazardous waste disposal?

One of the major thrusts today is the reduction of waste. In fact, many companies design “Zero Landfill” facilities and are communicating that in their brand image. A good waste management plan emphasizes waste minimization to decrease the volume of waste generated and reduce the toxicity of those wastes. The EPA has identified 31 priority chemicals targeted for minimizing release into the environment. If your facility is a Large Quantity Generator, the EPA requires that you have a Waste Minimization Plan documenting your efforts to reduce waste. In South Carolina, large quantity generators of hazardous waste are required to have program in place that “actively seeks out waste minimization efforts”, and small quantity generators are required to make “a good faith effort” to minimize wastes.

Reducing waste lowers costs and increases your bottom line.

We know how to integrate proven waste management strategies with your systems, processes technologies and your personnel. Changing the way wastes are packaged may reduce costs. Re-testing of wastes may find that wastes classified as hazardous are not hazardous, and this can reduce your insurance costs. Waste minimization can reduce a company’s status as a large quantity generator to a status of a small quantity generator, or from a small quantity generator to conditionally exempt generator. Each step down reduces the regulatory burden and the fees charged by the state.

Our methodology and program design measure up to the task.

A thorough review of your facility’s operations will identify all waste generating processes, and establish a base line for waste minimization opportunities. Close examination of your business processes and systems will identify which methods are the most applicable and will target quantitative savings upon implementation of the program. We will define numerous opportunities such as:

  • Chemical Substitution. A waste stream can be downgraded from hazardous to non-hazardous by substituting some of the chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Chemical substitution can result in lower raw material costs, reduced personnel exposure to hazardous chemicals, reduce the risk from improper storage and use of chemicals, and will lower disposal costs.
  • Source Reduction. The best waste management technique is to prevent the waste from ever being produced. The amount of waste in any process can be reduced by waste segregation, process modification and by increasing the efficiency of your operations.
  • Recycling and Reuse. Batteries and some solvents are good candidates for recycling. Caustics, acids and some solvents can be reused by other manufacturers if they are in good enough condition. “Material Exchanges” are becoming popular as a way to find those who can reuse waste.
  • Treatment. Treatment reduces hazardous waste to non-hazardous waste. EPA has acknowledged that waste generators are allowed to treat some wastes on their sites without obtaining permits, such as the neutralization of acidic or basic wastewaters. Once a wastewater is neutralized, it is no longer hazardous, and it is acceptable for sewer discharge upon approval of your local Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“It is with great pleasure that I provide Ron Harvey with this professional reference. I have had the pleasure of working with Ron for the past two years and have observed his direct work activities. Ron is a qualified radiological and waste shipper and has the experience and knowledge to run or provide oversight to any waste / rad-waste organization.”

– Robert Wills, RRPT, MBA, GEL Laboratories


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