Over the last several decades the importance of recycling to the environment has been widely recognized. Many businesses, hospital and school have waste oil containment systems where waste products such as cans of soda, computer paper and plastic bottles are stored. In recent years, as “Green Movements” have gained popularity in society, recycling waste has become an everyday part of life.
In the words of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling involves the collecting, processing and repurposing materials that were otherwise thrown into the garbage. In their hazardous material management program, many companies forget to recycle hazardous waste. Certain substances, by-products and chemicals that are considered hazardous can be recycled. These substances are recyclable, and companies will save significant costs by recycling them instead of removing the waste stream. Take a look at these things.
There are numerous waste streams which can be reused and made into useable products. Solvent recycling can be used to purify waste solvents or distil them, and then resell the products. Fuel-blending operations accept flammable waste, blend it according to strict specifications and sell the mix as fuel for incinerators, cement kilns, or other combustion equipment. These facilities recycle used oil, clean it and sell it. Other facilities can recycle valuable metals, electronics, fluorescent lights, batteries, etc.
Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities have to be granted a permit for their operation as part of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. TSDF are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They’re also heavily regulated and governed by the EPA. Named for their many uses, they also recycle wastes to create usable products. The TSDS must approve the hazardous waste streams before companies are able to profit from their recycling. It is necessary to send samples to the TSDS to check if materials can be successfully recycled.
After a TSDF classifies a waste stream as “excluded” materials, it can no longer be classified by the TSDF. They can also be excluded by hazardous waste standards and/or classifications. These substances are now excluded from the monthly waste calculations for waste producers. The change can result in a reduction of the company’s status, from one of large waste producers (more that 1,000 kg of hazardous materials per month), to a generator who produces less than 1,000kg per month. A company can benefit from significant cost reductions, a reduced EPA requirement and a resulting rise in profits by changing their status.
The need for specialized expertise is evident. Consult a hazardous waste disposal company with the appropriate qualifications and licenses to obtain more detailed information. Many companies can evaluate and recycle their waste streams. If you are looking for a company with the experience to determine whether your waste streams can be classified and reclassified, then this is a great option.