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Ensuring Your Hazardous Waste is Destroyed

Ensuring Your Hazardous Waste is Destroyed

You must verify that the hazardous waste you produce is actually destroyed.

Disposing of hazardous waste is much more complicated than anyone outside the industry thinks it is. However, it is essential that when you oversee the disposal of hazardous waste that you follow all regulations and procedures arranged by law and federal agencies. Then, you must verify that the hazardous waste you produce is actually destroyed.

Check Cargo Manifests

One of the steps to ensure that waste is disposed of properly is double check all of the outgoing or incoming cargo manifests. However, sometimes, there will be some information missing. That is part of the reason why a certificate of destruction is such an important part of the process. Doing your due diligence is especially important when it comes to avoiding heavy fines, loss of reputation, and other punishments that can cause your business to slow down or even cause you to go out of business. By getting the relevant documents in writing, you can feel confident that you have done everything you can, even though you must oversee every step of the process just to be on the safe side.

Follow Government-Mandated Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has most of the responsibility for making sure that all hazardous waste is contained and destroyed in a way that doesn’t harm people, buildings, and the environment itself. Even so, other governmental agencies have a say as well. This means that you will have to obey all rules set forth by OSHA, NIOSH, the DEA, the NRC, the DOT, and the CDC.

Identify Waste

You must categorize all of the waste that you produce correctly. Failing to do so can result in steep fines or other sanctions. Even non-hazardous waste can be dangerous, so you need to exercise constant vigilance. Be sure to stay up-to-date on changes in laws and regulations regarding this issue, since ignorance does not excuse your company from liability.

Take Responsibility

It’s also crucial to take responsibility for any problems that potentially violate the EPA’s cradle-to-grave policy. The generator is under full responsibility for tracking the waste from the moment it is created until it is destroyed. Documenting it is necessary, even if you are outsourcing the actual destruction. In any case, be sure to acquire a certificate of destruction with as much detail as possible.


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