Hazardous Waste Disposal Management

The 06 ENV team of RCRA and DOT trained technicians manage the disposal of industrial and hazardous waste streams generated from routine business operations, remediation projects, superfund sites, and emergency response and rapid activities. Our services include on-site hazardous categorization, profiling, manifesting, and transportation to qualified Treatment Storage Disposal Facilities (TSDFs). The proper hazardous waste disposal methods are determined through the characterization of waste streams. Available treatment technologies include, but are not limited to:

  • Sub-Title C Landfill
  • RCRA / TSCA Incineration
  • Sub-Title D Landfill
  • Non-Hazardous Solidification
  • Battery Recycling
  • Explosives Management
  • Solidification and Stabilization
  • Fuel Blending
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Household Hazardous Waste Facility
  • Universal Waste
  • Hazardous Material Disposal

Hazardous Disposal Project Example

Project NamePlant Closure
ClientClassified Client
LocationPennsauken, NJ

Project Summary

O6 Environmental was contracted to provide project management, field resources, equipment, and transportation and disposal for the (Phase 1) industrial cleaning of processing equipment for shipment to other company locations. O6 Environmental was also contracted (Phase 2) to provide disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous industrial waste resulting from the plant closure.

O6 Environmental completed the industrial cleaning (Phase 1) of all equipment to be shipped by power washing, dry ice blasting, chemical cleaning, and hydro blasting of drain lines and tanks.

O6 Environmental completed the disposal (Phase 2) of all nonhazardous and hazardous industrial waste through profiling, manifesting, and transportation.

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What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is any material that is potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. It is a specific type of waste that requires special handling and disposal due to its chemical or physical characteristics. Hazardous waste can come from many sources, including homes, businesses, industries, and hospitals.

Characteristic Hazardous Wastes

According to the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), solid waste is identified as hazardous in one of two ways. It must exhibit at least one of four hazardous properties determined by the EPA or it must be specifically listed on the EPA’s list of hazardous materials.

The four characteristics of hazardous waste determination are as follows:

  1. Ignitability – these hazardous materials are flammable under certain conditions, spontaneously combustible, and have a flash point of fewer than 60 degrees Celsius.
  2. Corrosivity – A corrosive hazardous substance is an acid or base that is capable of corroding metal such as a storage tank, drum, or another metal container.
  3. Reactivity – This hazardous waste form is unstable under “normal circumstances.” They can be explosive, emit toxic fumes, or undergo violent reactions.
  4. Toxicity – Harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed, toxic material runs the risk of leaching into the ground and affecting environmental health as well. 

Examples of Hazardous Material

Examples of hazardous waste include batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing light bulbs, medical waste, and old electronics (e-waste). These items can pose a risk to human health and environmental health if not managed properly. For example, batteries contain heavy metals that can leach into the soil and groundwater, causing contamination. Pesticides can harm wildlife and enter the food chain, affecting public health. E-waste contains toxic chemicals that can harm the environment and those who work in the disposal and recycling of these materials.

Hazardous Waste Management

Proper disposal of hazardous waste is important to prevent contamination of the air, water, and soil. Hazardous waste should never be thrown into the regular trash or poured down the drain. Instead, it must be taken to a designated hazardous waste disposal facility, where it will be safely managed and disposed of.

In the United States, hazardous waste regulation is managed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has established strict guidelines for the handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste to ensure that it is done safely and responsibly. This includes strict labeling and packaging requirements, as well as transportation regulations to prevent spills and leaks during transportation.

Consumers can play a role in reducing the amount of hazardous waste generated by properly disposing of household hazardous waste, such as batteries and electronics, at local recycling events. Businesses can also take steps to reduce their hazardous waste by properly managing their waste streams and reducing the use of hazardous materials.

Call O6 for Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous waste is a serious issue that must be managed carefully to protect human health and the environment. Proper disposal is essential to prevent contamination, and the EPA has established strict regulations to ensure that hazardous waste is handled and disposed of safely. By being mindful of the waste we generate and taking steps to reduce and properly dispose of hazardous waste, we can help protect the environment for future generations. Contact O6 Environmental to develop a hazardous waste program for your business.