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The DTSC annual verification questionnaire cycle is now open. If your hazardous waste ID number was active anytime during the 2017 fiscal year (from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), or your company manifested hazardous waste using an assigned hazardous waste ID number during the 2017 calendar year (f…

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HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR EVQ – VERIFICATION QUESTIONNAIRE?
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The DTSC annual verification questionnaire cycle is now open. If your hazardous waste ID number was active anytime during the 2017 fiscal year (from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), or your company manifested hazardous waste using an assigned hazardous waste ID number during the 2017 calendar year (f…

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DYK-Draining Oil Filters
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According to a 2017 report from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the DTSC discovered a significant number of undrained/improperly drained used oil filters that were sent to metal recycling facilities by generators of those filters. This advisory…

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How To Reduce Waste In Your Home! A Sustainable Management Of Food
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One-third of the world’s food is wasted every year, totaling 1.3 billion tons of food wasted each year, enough food to feed 3 billion people. And, with 95% of the food we throw away ending up in combustion facilities or landfills, it is essential to take effect…

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The Basics Of Confined Space
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What is a confined space? A confined space is a space that is large enough to enter and perform work, not designed for human occupancy, with limited openings for entry and exit. Permit evaluation: permit-required vs. non-permit confined spaces There are two types of confined spaces. Those that re…

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The Drones Are Here
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OSHA recently announced a new method for inspections moving forward; Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones). This new method of inspections is raising concern among many employers, with most a majority being completely unaware of these changes. According to the memor…

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To Sit Or To Stand, That Is The Question
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Are you reading this while standing? If you’re the kind of person who enjoys implementing new technology that supports healthy habits, you’ve likely purchased yourself a sit-stand desk. Much like the pharmacopeia of supplements available at your local nutrition store, sit-stand desks were advert…

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Lab-Packs: Safety & Know-How
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Safe handling of hazardous wastes is no small matter, especially for laboratories and research groups. Some lab wastes are flammable, some are corrosive, and others are reactive or toxic. Regardless of their characterization, they all possess one common trait: their danger to human and environmental…

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The Circular Economy: A Step Forward
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Recently, many of us have probably heard of the circular economy. For those who are unfamiliar, a circular economy is a term coined to change our current “take-make-waste” extractive industrial model. A circular economy, consequently, focuses on replacing this linear model with a circular one, i…

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Have You Completed Your 2019 EVQ – Verification Questionnaire?
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Be sure to or your EPA ID number will be inactivated The DTSC annual verification questionnaire cycle is now open. If your hazardous waste ID number was active anytime during the 2018 fiscal year (from July 1, 2018 -June 30, 2019) or your company manifested hazardous waste using an assigned hazardou…

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Storing And Disposing Of Flammable Liquids
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Flammable liquids can be ignited by the smallest spark of electricity, including static electricity. Safely storing and disposing of leftover flammable liquids is vital for every business or homeowner. Examples of potentially harmful liquids include paints, fuels, solvents, rubbing alcohol, and pest…

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Why Recycle E-Waste? Top 5 Reasons
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Today, people are buying more and more electronics than in the past. Faster and newer products are being developed and put on the market every day. Naturally, we are constantly upgrading our cell phones, computers, televisions, and household electronics. This means that the now outdated electronics …

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Lab Packs & Chemical Disposal FAQ
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Whether you generate enough chemicals for a yearly lab pack, or have one or multiple large laboratories or locations which require routine service, you have a lot to consider. Waste generators must prioritize safety and environmental compliance, so choosing a service provider that offers these compl…

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RCRA Listed Hazardous Waste FAQ
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What is RCRA? RCRA refers to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, which is the public federal law that governs the management and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA gives the EPA the authority to monitor hazardous waste from cradle to grave. What are the types of RCRA listed wastes?…

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6 Most Common Hazardous Waste Violations
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Federal OSHA previously listed the most commonly cited waste violations last year. In an effort to reduce some of these violations, here is a list with an overview of some of those most commonly reported. 1. Improper or No Training for Hazardous Waste Management Employees In facilities where hazardo…

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Senate Bill No. 205 Passes: California Stormwater Discharge Compliance
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California’s water resources currently support 35 million people and irrigate more than 5.68 million acres of farmland. Due to the state’s natural resources development, especially water, California has become a premier agricultural producer, a major location for manufacturing, the most populate…

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5 Costly And Common Mistakes Made On Hazardous Waste Manifests
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In recent years, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has subjected waste generators in California to stricter rules, particularly regarding hazardous waste manifests. Yet, every year the DTSC finds approximately 500,000 mistakes on the manifests it receives, making it difficult for the…

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What Is Cradle-To-Grave?
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As a hazardous waste generator, properly profiling, labeling, and transporting waste in accordance with state and federal regulations is essential to your business. However, even if your waste is in appropriate containers and accompanied by flawless paperwork, you are still responsible for it during…

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Cannabis Waste Disposal For Growers, Manufacturers And Retailers
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The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the adult-use of cannabis in California in January of 2018, making the recreational use of marijuana legal for those over the age of 21. This legalization calls for a well-maintained infrastructure in order to compliantly manage waste generated in the cannabis industry. …

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Understanding Stormwater Discharge Compliance
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Section 402 (p) of the Federal Clean Water Act requires certain industries to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Specifically, industries that are categorized under Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes and those whose stormwater is discharged into surf…

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Do You Need An EPA ID Number?
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An EPA ID number is a 12-character number assigned to each handler of hazardous waste. After the unique ID is assigned, the ID’s are used on hazardous waste manifests and other documents relating to the handler. This number is given by either the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA ID …

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Biennial Reports Due March 1st, 2020
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Large quantity waste generators (LQGs) are required by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to submit a report every two years. The report, known as the Biennial Report or the National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report (EPA form 8700-13A/B), covers the hazardous waste generated, the …

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Waste Management For Manufacturing Facilities
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Manufacturers and distributors are consistently facing the challenge of making the right business decisions in order to stay profitable and stand out against the competition. Manufacturing facilities …

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The Importance Of Responsible Consumer Product Disposal
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For manufacturers and retailers of consumer products, the security of your customers, your reputation and also the environment, is of utmost importance. That’s why any time you’ve got products that …

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Preparing For An EHS Audit
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An environmental health and safety (EHS) regulatory compliance audit is an evaluation that is carried out by an independent party to determine if an organization is complying with industry regulations…

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