How To Understand Hazardous Waste Regulations

Hazardous waste’s definition is plain simple. It is a type of waste that is unsafe not only to our health but to the environment as well. Hazardous waste comes in different forms as solids, liquids, gases or harmful chemicals. There are different types of hazardous wastes such as Universal wastes (pesticides, battery, lamps), Listed Wastes, Mixed Wastes and Characteristic Wastes. Many of us just throw away materials without understanding that those materials are headed to the landfill and could be potentially unsafe both to humans and nature. If improper disposal of hazardous wastes will continue, for sure it will create more problems in the future. The government is implementing rules and regulations regarding waste removal. In the United States, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA provides the complete guidelines for the waste management agency. The waste management agency maintains the Congressional Mandate administering the EPA or Environmental Protection Agency to enforce a complete set of rules and regulations to apply the law.

The waste management agency sets up an effective method for managing hazardous waste from the time it is created until its crucial disposal. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s agenda monitors the state, profit-making businesses and local government facilities that create, carry, pile up or dispose of hazardous waste materials. Businesses and other establishments are required to follow the rules and regulations about proper disposal. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA of 1976 was established to control hazardous waste from “cradle to grave” and to defend the people and the environment from the negative effects of hazardous wastes. Here are some helpful tips on how to follow hazardous waste removal regulations:

  1. Identify if your business is producing hazardous waste or not. Read the Code of Federal Regulations to identify the categorization of your waste.
  2. Find out what kind of hazardous waste you are generating. Check whether it is characteristic waste, listed waste, mixed waste or universal waste.
  3. Call the hazardous waste agency in your state for further details. The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has a list of contacts for every state.
  4. Submit the reports on your hazardous waste activity to Environmental Protection Agency on a regular basis. It is required, so do not miss doing it.

The Environmental Protection Agency controls hazardous waste management. Business operators should follow strict rules and regulations like permitting their businesses to be inspected regularly. The Environmental Protection Agency is continuously creating effective programs for the storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

If you are running a business, it is very important to know hazardous waste removal regulations. If you do not know how they work, attend a training. Life threatening diseases result from hazardous waste, and that is why you need to educate yourself with the right information about hazardous waste. 


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