If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to look back at last week’s post, “Handling Paints and Coatings Waste from Your Business: Part I.”
What does your business do with its empty paint cans, leftover paint and paint-related rags? Does your business test its paint and coatings waste products to make sure they are not hazardous? What measures does your company take to make sure its disposal practices are acceptable and compliant with local, state and federal laws?
If you work in printing, you know that as a screen printer, lithographer, flexographer, or any other printer, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations are in place to protect your business, employee safety and the environment from hazardous waste at your facility. Whether you are a small, medium or large quantity generator, you understand your waste thoroughly, and know RCRA regulations require you to follow certain procedures when generating, storing, transporting, treating, or disposing of hazardous waste.
As a generator of hazardous and/or non-hazardous waste, you may have materials that can be sent offsite for recycling. Doing so has the potential to place you in a smaller generator category, save your company money and build your reputation as a green business. But sending your recyclable hazardous materials offsite can also create big liabilities if your recycler is irresponsible.
RCRA regulations on hazardous waste management protect the environment and human health. Understanding RCRA regulations protects generators from incurring heavy fines and facing lawsuits and criminal prosecution. Here are some of the most common mistakes companies make that lead to heavy fines for noncompliance. We covered common errors #1-3 last week, so be sure to check out our last post, “Top 8 Most Common Violations of RCRA Regulations: Part I”.
The Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) is one of the most important set of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of which businesses should be aware. RCRA regulations on hazardous waste management not only protect the environment and human health, but understanding and following them also protects companies from incurring heavy fines, lawsuits and criminal prosecution.
380 million gallons: that is the number of gallons of used oil recycled across the U.S. in a given year. Recycling used oil promises many benefits for the economy, the environment and your company’s bottom line. Re-refining used oil uses approximately 33 percent of the energy it takes to refine crude oil to lubricant quality. While it takes 42 gallons of crude oil to produce 2.5 quarts of high-quality lubricating oil, that number drops to a mere one gallon of used oil to produce the same amount of new lubricating oil.
Because of a generator’s “cradle-to-grave” liability, choosing a transporter is an extremely important – and equally daunting – task. But choosing a transporter for your hazardous waste wisely may save you thousands of dollars in fees and ensure you maintain a positive business reputation. We covered tips 1-5 in our previous post, “Top 10 Tips for Selecting Your Hazardous Waste Transporter: Part I”.
In a previous post, How to Select a Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) we discussed how the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) holds generators liable for safely generating, transporting, storing and disposing of their waste from “cradle-to-grave.” Generators are responsible for any mishandling that occurs with their waste – even if the violation occurs after it is transported away from their facility.