Hazardous vs Non-Hazardous Containerized Waste
All companies produce waste, and classifying waste as hazardous or non-hazardous can lead to a big difference in disposal costs. Here are the key differences between the two.
Non-hazardous waste poses no harm to personal health or the environment. It includes garbage, refuse, and sludge that are created from a variety of industries, including industrial, commercial, mining, agriculture, construction and municipalities. Non-hazardous waste comes in solid, liquid, or semi-solid states. It includes commercial products or by-products of the manufacturing process. This is a type of waste usually found in roll-off containers because it is generally safe.
Hazardous waste, on the other hand, has the potential to be dangerous or harmful to your health or the environment. This category of waste is comprised of liquids, solids, gases or sludge. It includes commercial products or by-products of the manufacturing process.
Choosing the Right Containers
When choosing the proper container to store the waste that your business produces, there are a few factors that need to be considered to ensure proper safety practices.
- Hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials can be stored and transported in pails, drums and transportation containers, like tankers or railcars
- Containers should be durable, weather-resistant, and corrosion-resistant
- The proper container needs to be compatible with the materials being stored. For example, highly-corrosive materials should be stored in plastic drums or plastic-lined steel drums. Steel drums work best for non-corrosive and flammable liquids.
- If you are reusing drums for waste storage, it’s important know if the previously stored materials and current materials are compatible or non-compatible. A suggestion from the EPA, if you frequently reuse containers, consider “assigning” wastes to certain containers.
Safe Storage of Containerized Waste
Whether you dispose of your waste quickly or you bulk up waste material to be removed by the trailer load, you need to ensure it’s safely and properly stored on your premises.
- Follow all requirements on proper labeling
- Keep containers sealed to prevent release and other materials to enter/contaminate
- Store containerized waste in an area that’s clearly marked, is inaccessible to unauthorized personnel, and prevents contamination
- Ensure adequate training for all employees, even if their day-to-day tasks do not include waste management
Containerized Waste Disposal
The key to safe disposal of containerized waste, whether hazardous or non-hazardous, is ensuring that your containers are DOT shippable. That means ensuring that proper classification labels are applied and that the containers are not rusting, do not have leaks, and have proper lids. For smaller containers like pails or drums, you can use an overpack to ensure they meet safety requirements for transport.
There are a number of options for sustainable disposal of containerized waste. If a company can’t find a way to reuse the waste in their own production process, other waste disposal methods include:
- recycling, such as oil reprocessing
- find a 3rd party that can use your waste as part of their industry process
- waste to energy
- landfill disposal
Choose ERC for Waste Drum Disposal
If you need disposal or recycling for your 55-gallon drums and totes liquid waste disposal containers, you can count on ERC. We set ourselves apart from the competition because:
- We’re the processor, eliminating the middlemen equals lower pricing: At ERC, we have the facilities and resources required to complete every step of waste disposal. As a result, you won’t have to pay for multiple service providers.
- You’ll get turn-key service with a single call — drum pickup, compliance, transportation, disposal, drum drop-off and testing/sampling: We develop custom and comprehensive solutions that can achieve your waste disposal goals. Let us take care of every step so that you can focus on other aspects of your business.
- We handle 55-gallon drums, totes, pallets, pails and other containerized waste: Your Account Executive can also help you choose DOT-compliant and safe containers for your waste. Our versatile capabilities let us manage a variety of containerized wastes for each business.
- Our team disposes of all waste, including solvents, oils and chemical waste, per EPA regulations: We dedicate ourselves to compliance and promoting sustainability for a better world. When we provide waste solutions, we ensure that everything we do complies with local, state and federal regulations.
- We serve machine shops, manufacturers and any other businesses that need professional waste drum disposal services: Our industries served include manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical, marine transport and oil and gas. The ERC team has experience working with a wide range of companies and sectors.
- One drum or 1,000 — no job is too small or too large: We can scale our services to fit your company’s requirements, whether you need less-than-load transport or bulk removal. Our experience with companies of multiple sizes gives us the resources and skills needed to accommodate your requirements.
Count on ERC to manage your containerized waste disposal in a compliant, sustainable and efficient manner. We perform all of our services with safety/compliance, respect, integrity and customer focus.
Other Containerized Waste Disposal Services
We offer a wide selection of residual containerized waste services that can meet your disposal, recycling and removal needs. Our solutions encompass:
- Non-hazardous and hazardous waste
- Less-than-load and designated load pick-up
- Cradle-to-grave tracking
- Overpack services
- Waste-to-energy solutions
- Onsite pumping of containerized liquid wastes
- Loose packing and lab packing services
- Used replacement pails, drums, totes, overpacks and new cubic yard box kits available
You can ask our team about our capabilities and how they can serve you. We’ll work together to make your company more efficient and environmentally friendly. Learn more about our containerized waste disposal services in our blog post.