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In 1976, The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was established to set up a framework for proper management of hazardous waste. Simply defined, a hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment. Hazardous waste is generated from many sources, ranging from industrial manufacturing process wastes to batteries and may come in many forms, including liquids, solids, gases, and sludge.
1. Is the material in question a solid waste? The EPA defines “solid waste” as any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater plant, water treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material, resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations, and from community activities.
2. Is the material excluded from the definition of solid waste or hazardous waste? Several materials are excluded from the definition of solid waste. You can see a list of exclusions on the EPA website.
3. Is the waste listed or characteristic hazardous waste? A waste is determined to be a hazardous waste if it is specifically listed on one of four lists (the F, K, P and U lists) found in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) in section 261. The F-list, found at 40 CFR section 261.31, identifies wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes as hazardous. The K-list identifies hazardous wastes from specific sectors of industry and manufacturing and are considered source-specific wastes. The P and U lists designate as hazardous waste pure and commercial grade formulations of certain unused chemicals that are being disposed.
4. Characteristic wastes are those that are either ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic based on EPA standards.
5. Is the waste delisted? The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provides a process to remove, or “delist,” a waste generated at a facility from the list of hazardous wastes.
Safeway Industrial has over (24) years in the hazardous waste management arena, is a permitted hazardous waste transporter and assists our clients in staying compliant with applicable local, state and federal regulations. If you have questions regarding your wastes, let Safeway commit their knowledge and experience to your company. Call us at (256) 492-3704 or click here to contact us through our website.