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Safe Disposal of Businesses Hazardous Waste

Serving Qualifying Businesses 

Businesses report a 40 percent savings.Every day we help businesses take what's toxic out of the trash by encouraging safe and smart disposal and recycling of hazardous, universal and bio-hazardous wastes. Participating businesses typically see a 40 percent cost savings compared to other disposal companies.

Most businesses generate or store hazardous materials, and the regulations governing how to dispose of them can be confusing. Our team works with your business to audit current disposal and storage situations and purchasing procedures to find less hazardous and more cost-effective alternatives.

You'll save money while saving the environment.

Two Ways to Dispose of Business Waste

Collection Services

We'll pick up and dispose of all your potentially hazardous waste for a competitive price. 

Drop-Off Appointments

Appointments are required and specific DOT rules must be followed when transporting hazardous waste. When setting up your appointment, you can also ask for this information.

Determine if Your Eligible

To qualify for our services, your business must produce small amounts of hazardous waste and fall under the EPA's Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) requirements. The three basic qualifications for your business include:

  1. Produce under 220 lbs. of hazardous waste per month (approximately half of a 50-gallon drum, four 5-gallon buckets or 20 one-gallon cans).
  2. Store under 2,200 lbs of hazardous waste on site at one time.
  3. Contains less than 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste at any time (approximately one quart). 

Identifying Hazardous Waste

These include any solid, liquid or contained gas that is being disposed, burned or recycled, and that is known to be harmful to human health and the environment when not managed properly. This can even include fluorescent light bulbs, computers and cleaning products. View a list of commonly accepted items from area businesses. 

There are four characteristics that help identify hazardous waste.

  • Ignitability - If it catches fire under certain conditions (paints, certain degreasers and solvents).
  • Corrosivity - If the waste corrodes metals or has a very high or low pH (rust removers, acid or alkaline cleaning fluids and battery acid).
  • Reactivity - If it is unstable and explodes or produces toxic fumes, gases and vapors when mixed with water or under other conditions such as heat or pressure.
  • Toxicity - If it is harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed. It leaches toxic chemicals into the soil or ground water when disposed of on land. It contains high concentrations of heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead or mercury.

Currently there are more than 500 wastes that are classified as hazardous. Your waste is considered hazardous if it appears on one of four lists published in the Code of Federal Regulations or meets certain characteristic properties.

Set Up a Service Program Today

Start safely disposing of your hazardous waste at work by visit our Start Service or viewing the Accepted Waste that shouldn't be going into the garbage.