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Don’t throw that in there! The proper way to dispose waste!

Disposing of solid and hazardous wastes is a serious matter that must be professionally handled according to the proper governmental codes and requirements.

Improper disposal of hazardous waste can result in penalties and fines or harsher consequences. Besides the environmental impact and threat to public health, improper disposal can also pose a threat to the ecosystem and animals.

Codes are often updated annually and require strict adherence. Proper permitting procedures must be filed as well as proper paperwork to ensure that the process is adhered to accordingly. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act lists proper standards for managing hazardous waste. Lead based paint and most construction materials are considered solid and hazardous wastes that would require proper permitting. Here are some other types of hazardous projects that may also require permitting:

  • Discharging of dredged material: This permit is usually issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or is issued according to the state the work is being done in.
  • Storm water runoff: These projects often require a Clean Water Act permit from the EPA which allows discharge of storm water runoff.
  • Spills: Regulatory standards require that you file a permit based on excessive amount and according to hazardous materials. The Oil Pollution Act and the Emergency Planning and Right-To-Know act are the standard permit issuers of this type.
  • Air Quality: Emissions and air pollution are regulated by the Clean Air Act.
  • Asbestos: Asbestos levels exceeding the regulated amounts are required to be reported to proper regulatory agencies.

It is suggested that before beginning a project that will result in the need to discharge of any hazardous or solid wastes, the proper permitting and regulatory procedures be checked with the state and local offices the work is to be done in. The EPA and their sub-offices such as the Office of Solid Waste are also ideal places to start.

To learn more about government environmental requirements or to rent equipment, contact Neff Rental or call us at 888-709-6333. We are ready to assist you with your equipment needs.


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