Handling drum waste disposal is probably one of your least favorite elements of owning your own business. However, if you work in the printing, automotive, or another industrial field, managing containerized waste is a necessary evil.

The safe and environmentally-responsible disposal of this waste is a legal requirement — and likely necessary to continue running your business.

While you are legally permitted to train your employees in waste disposal, meaning you would handle the job in-house, partnering with a drum waste disposal professional is an increasingly popular option for small- and mid-sized companies.  Simply put, professional waste drum disposal facilities possess superior equipment, streamlined processes, and a track record of safety.

4 Crucial Considerations about Drum Waste Disposal

Here are just a few of the major factors to consider when making deciding how you’ll handle waste drum disposal for your business.

Waste Drum Condition

Damage to the waste drum itself is one of the most common reasons for waste leakage and difficulty in handling waste disposal.

In order to meet Department of Transportation shipping regulations, the waste drum must be sealed correctly and free of leaks or any residue on the outside of the container. When working with ERC, we examine the condition of your drum upon pickup and delivery, meaning you can ensure the satisfactory condition of your drum waste container.

Additionally, if one of your drums does become damaged, ERC can provide an overpak, which is a larger plastic or steel drum to surround the smaller, damaged drum. The overpak ensures that your waste is fully contained and able to ship in accordance with Department of Transportation regulations.

Employee Safety and OSHA Requirements

Handling hazardous waste can absolutely be done safely. We’ve made that the cornerstone of our business for more than 30 years.

Our technicians have the training and experience to ensure we do it safely every time.

If you intend to handle drum waste disposal yourself, you need to adhere to a strict set of OSHA guidelines to stay legal.

Indemnification and Liability

If you handle your own hazardous waste and disaster strikes, you are on your own. You will be held financially responsible for the damage that occurs.

When you rely on a drum waste disposal partner, you are covered by their insurance.

ERC carries a $10,000,000 insurance policy to give our customers peace-of-mind. View our certificate of liability insurance.


In order to handle your own containerized waste, you first need to establish a relationship with a disposal facility. After that, you need to contact a service to haul your waste to the disposal facility — or invest in the means to safely haul it yourself.

That’s easier said than done.

One of the most common reasons business owners partner with ERC is that we make drum waste disposal convenient. When you work with us, you make one call and pay one bill. We handle everything else.

Free Drum Waste Disposal Quote from ERC

You know your business inside and out. ERC knows drum waste disposal. We are the one supplier that handles every aspect of waste drum disposal for your company.

We begin every relationship with a conversation. Get in contact with a waste disposal expert to describe your needs and receive a free quote.

Contact us today for a one-call, one-bill vendor to handle your containerized waste needs.