WARNING: Avoid these Hazardous Waste Disposal Mistakes

Date: 02/07/2019

Hazardous waste disposal is a critical task. One misstep, and not only are you placing your operations at risk, but you can seriously compromise the health and safety of others. Learn about five of the most common waste management mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Top 5 Hazardous Waste Disposal Mistakes

It’s easier to avoid committing waste management mistakes when you know what to watch out for. Here are five errors all organizations should be aware of:

  1. Too much waste onsite

Keeping waste onsite is a tricky business. Typically, you can only store waste at the satellite accumulation zone for three days. After that period, you need to transfer it to a long-term storage area.

If you’re planning to keep waste onsite for an extended period, consider using a small quantity generator (SQG) or a large quantity generator (LQG) for storage. You can store waste for up to 90 days in an LQG, and up to 180 days in an SQG. To avoid getting cited or facing problems, always follow deadlines when transferring waste.

  1. Failure to close and fix hazardous waste lids 24/7

This should go without saying, but unfortunately, we frequently encounter organizations that forget to keep their hazardous lid containers in good condition and sealed at all times. All lids should be:

• Vapor tight

• Leak-proof

Failure to do this can lead to evaporation and reduction of waste volume which is a dangerous thing to happen. An excellent way to avoid this mistake is to post notices and signs around container storage areas and make sure that all of your employees practice this precaution.

  1. Hazardous waste containers are improperly labeled or not labeled at all

Never treat labels as an afterthought. They are vital for making everyone aware of the hazardous characteristics of a container. They also indicate the amount and type of waste that the container has.

Labeling and marking containers correctly keep you compliant and help prevent disasters from happening through incorrect solid waste disposal. You might also want to assign a specific individual for this task. This way, you know who to check with and hold accountable when it comes to placing and updating all labels.

  1. No contingency plan or it isn't updated

The law requires that all LQGs and SQGs must come with contingency plans. Similar to labels, contingency plans provide guidance and instructions in the event of emergencies such as explosions, fires, release, and spills.

Already have a contingency plan in place? Always keep it updated with important information such as emergency contacts and any changes in actions.

  1. Illegal waste disposal

We encounter this issue all too often, and while some do it deliberately, a lot of organizations are simply unaware that they're illegally disposing of their hazardous waste. If you're not sure if your hazardous waste disposal process is strictly compliant with industry standards and laws, turn to AB Environmental for expert assistance.

Seek Help from AB Environmental for All Your Waste Disposal Needs

AB Environmental has been providing environmental remediation solutions in the New York metropolitan area for over 30 years. Aside from hazardous waste disposal, we also provide:

  • Liquid waste management
  • Solid waste management
  • 24-hour emergency spill response
  • Sewer | Drain | Cesspool
  • Tank Services
  • And more

In addition, we can also provide environmental remediation, sampling/ analysis, site investigation, and many other services. Call AB Environmental headquarters at 631-567-6545 and take advantage of our innovative methods, state-of-the-art equipment, and specialists for all of your waste disposal needs.