No business likes to hold onto waste for too long, and knowing how to manage these waste products goes a long way for business owners. Among the types of waste businesses manage, there are hazardous and non-hazardous waste products. It’s not easy knowing how to manage each of these types of wastes, which is why we want to review them with you today. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about hazardous and non-hazardous waste management.
Comparing Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Wastes
Some people might think that hazardous waste is simply waste that can harm people, while non-hazardous waste is safe. It’s not as simple as that, however. There are actually many factors that are considered before a waste product is labeled as “hazardous” or “non-hazardous”. Such factors include where the waste is located, how much there is, and how it is identified.
Generally, to make identification easier, there are four main characteristics that can determine if a waste product is hazardous. These characteristics are: ignitability, toxicity, reactivity, and corrosivity. Let’s go over how each of these characteristics is defined:
- Toxicity: harmful when ingested or absorbed.
- Reactivity: create toxic gasses, or explode, when under unstable circumstances.
- Ignitability: can catch fire if under certain conditions.
- Corrosivity: capable of corroding different materials.
Hazardous Vs. Non-Hazardous Waste Management
If you want your business to stay environmentally compliant, you’ll need to know how to manage hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. When dealing with hazardous waste products, you’ll need to have a hazardous waste management company help you with the disposal process.
If your business only works with non-hazardous wastes, though, you can instead elect to have your wastes transported to TSDFs, also known as Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities. Part of non-hazardous waste management, though, is to make sure you check with your TSDF before sending waste products over to them. This is done just to make sure they accept whatever waste you are trying to transfer to them.
Call AEG Environmental for Hazardous Waste Management Services!
AEG Environmental has the skills, resources, and training to solve any environmental issue you may face. Our team has over 20 years of experience transporting and disposing of non-hazardous, hazardous, infectious, and universal wastes. We welcome projects big and small and pride ourselves in our exceptional customer service. For more information about our hazardous waste disposal and transport services, please contact us today!