Across the country, businesses in all industries rely on economical, eco-friendly waste disposal services to effectively remove solid waste from their site. Regardless of your business model, waste in both hazardous and non-hazardous forms will need to be taken care of to ensure safety for customers, employees, and the environment. One challenge for many businesses is how to properly dispose of hazardous materials. Not only will you be tasked with conforming to local and federal regulations, but your business will need to be able to do so in a manner that is both sustainable and scalable to your company’s growth.
For years, companies in need of hazardous waste disposal across Southern California and beyond have depended on HTS Environmental Services for high-quality outcomes. Our team has the experience, equipment, and expertise needed to minimize your carbon footprint in a way that focuses on comprehensive solutions. Pharmaceutical, technology, solar, and other industries all rely on our hazardous waste transportation and management services, and we’re happy to help you find the best fit for your needs.
Today, we’ll discuss what classifies as hazardous waste, as well as the value offered by our waste disposal services. If you’re ready to learn more, be sure to call us today for your quote!
Hazardous waste classifications
To make hazardous waste classifications easier to manage, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has separated mentioned materials into one of two subsections: listed waste or characteristic waste. If your material in question does not meet the listed hazards, it may still be considered hazardous because of its inherent characteristics.
As the name entails, any materials listed by the EPA under one of four different lists as hazardous waste stream will require special efforts to protect both individuals and the environment from harm. Hundreds of chemicals and materials meet this designation, and are found within one of the four lists provided:
- The F list designates any hazardous waste from industrial and manufacturing activities. This list covers multiple industries, and therefore claims any hazardous waste included as waste from a non-specific source (halogenated solvents, petroleum products, and so on).
- The K list designates materials as hazardous that come from specific industries and known sources. Therefore, all of these materials are considered waste from specific sources (wastewater treatment materials, aniline production, and more).
- The P list highlights commercial chemical products that are classified as toxic waste, including pure-grade products and other formulations.
- The U list is nearly identical in classification to the P list, including variations of materials like butanol, calcium chromate, ethanol, and more.
This list aims to be comprehensive to account for nearly all known elements and chemicals used in industrial sectors across the country. If you look through the Code of Federal Regulations for Protection of Environment, you’ll be able to find a complete list for each classification type. As always, HTS Environmental Services is here to deliver complete quality and control with all of our hazardous waste services and will be happy to discuss with you the full scope of regulations specific to your business.
Even if your industrial waste does not meet the specifications above as a listed waste, it can still be considered hazardous if it meets any of the four characteristics listed below:
- Ignitability. Products that can ignite under certain conditions can be considered hazardous and must be transported and disposed of properly. Any material that holds a flashpoint below 140 degrees Fahrenheit can be considered ignitable.
- Reactivity. Highly reactive materials can undergo rapid transformations under normal circumstances. Extra caution is necessary when handling reactive materials (Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, for example) to avoid any dangerous reactions.
- Corrosivity. Any material that is found to have a pH level of less than two or more than 12.5 can be considered corrosive. At these levels, metal containers can begin to corrode, creating the need for specialty, waste-disposal methods.
- Toxicity. Any substance that is harmful or fatal when in contact with life forms can be considered a hazardous material. It is essential to determine if your material is toxic and then properly dispose of it to avoid contamination of local water sources. Materials such as lead and mercury fall under this classification and require professional waste management services.
Hazardous waste designations by state
While the EPA has relied on the identification rules laid out by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for federal regulations, it’s important to remember that states have the power to enforce their own regulations. Many states will specify their additional wastes not listed and may add on characteristics such as “severe” or “lethal” for added classification. States may also deploy more stringent rules governing hazardous waste management reports, tighter time frames to complete disposal services, and more. The responsibility will fall on you, as the owner or manager, to read and fully understand these state-specific regulations in addition to the minimums set forth by the EPA.
Call HTS Environmental Services today!
Businesses in need of hazardous waste disposal across Southern California can rely on HTS Environmental Services for safe, effective, and affordable waste management solutions. Our team has been in business for more than 20 years and strives to deliver peace of mind and complete compliance across every industry. Our team can effectively handle acids, bases, solvents, liquids, solid waste, and more to provide safe outcomes for your business. We’re confident that we can deliver an ideal fit for your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more, and be sure to ask for a quote for your waste disposal services!