EverGreen can help determine if waste generated by your facility is characterized as hazardous waste. Such knowledge is essential for determination of how the waste needs to be managed. Waste may meet the RCRA definition of hazardous waste if it exhibits one of these four characteristics :
- Ignitability– creates fire under certain conditions, has a flash point of less than 60 degrees Celsius, or may spontaneously combust.
- Corrosivity– is an acid or base that is capable of corroding containers, such as metal drum, barrels, or storage tanks.
- Reactivity– waste that is unstable under normal environmental conditions. Explosions, toxic fumes or vapors may result if the waste is heated, mixed with water, or compressed.
- Toxicity– Waste that is deadly or harmful when ingested or absorbed. Toxicity is defined by a laboratory procedure called a Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) to determine if harmful concentrations of the substance can leach into the environment. When this type of waste is buried in landfills, the toxic chemicals can leach into the ground water and spread the contamination.
Improper disposal of hazardous waste will lead to heavy fines from the EPA as well as thousands of dollars in remediation cost. It pays to have the facts and dispose hazardous waste properly