Containerized Waste

Waste Drum Disposal

ERC offers turnkey waste drum disposal and recycling services. We responsibly recycle and dispose of more than 60,000 containerized waste items/drums per year. So we know the ins and outs of containerized waste disposal. Whether your company produces non-hazardous or hazardous containerized waste, we ensure compliant waste storage and disposal.

Whether you have a single drum/tote or truckload of waste drums/totes, ERC is your solution for disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous containerized waste. We collect, transport, and process all types of solid and liquid waste - in drums, barrels, totes, pails or any other DOT-compliant waste disposal container. Our team can handle both bulk and non-bulk containers in containerized waste recycling. Let us provide a tailored residual waste drum removal, disposal and recycling solution that scales to your business.

When it comes to cost, ERC's unique position as one of the region's largest waste processors gives you a competitive advantage. With ERC, there is no middle man. Whether you need portable waste totes, tanks or 55-gallon drums processed or recycled, we have the drum disposal and recycling services you need. W don’t only provide containerized waste services but provide a variety of waste management solutions.

Our service area includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and beyond. With locations in Lancaster, PA, and Baltimore, MD, we have the resources to complete residual waste drum waste disposal across states. As one of the Mid-Atlantic region's largest processors of non-hazardous bulk residual waste and containerized residual waste, ERC leads the industry in sustainability solutions. We can assist your business in reducing your environmental impact and increasing efficiency through expert consultations.


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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

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

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.

ERC Promise

We are committed to providing turn-key, environmentally sound waste management solutions using the latest technologies to help our customers meet their sustainability goals.

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Contact ERC for Comprehensive and Sustainable Containerized Waste Solutions

Companies in Maryland, Pennsylvania and beyond rely on ERC for picking up and processing their containerized residual wastes. We can work with you to improve your business’ residual waste management and reduce your impact on the environment. To discover more about the ways we can enhance your containerized waste disposal, contact us online today.