Industrial Waste Disposal Methods & Restrictions
Once the waste you have utilized or generated is accurately identified, you are responsible for its proper disposal. You are required to dispose of the waste in a manner that does not violate FDA standards. In 1984, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) boosted environmental protections by prohibiting the disposal of certain hazardous wastes on land. This new rule created the Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) program, which requires that certain protective measures are followed before any hazardous waste is disposed of on land. There are three prohibitions that prevent hazardous waste generators from discarding waste that may damage the environment. These three prohibitions are summarized here:
Disposal prohibition – Requires proper treatment of the hazardous waste prior to its disposal on land. Facilities can meet these standards by treating hazardous chemicals in the waste to meet appropriate levels. Many methods are deemed acceptable and can be found in Title 40, Section 268.40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Dilution prohibition – States that wastes must be treated properly and not simply diluted by adding large amounts of water, soil, or non-hazardous materials in an effort to dilute the concentration of hazardous components. Dilution alone does not reduce the toxicity of hazardous waste.
Storage Prohibition – This mandates that companies cannot store hazardous waste indefinitely. Companies may temporarily store hazardous waste on-site only for the purpose of accumulating enough material for proper treatment or disposal.
Hazardous waste management is a compounded process. That’s why the best choice is to consult experienced waste experts who can support you with the waste handling process. Contact us for assistance with your waste needs and other helpful resources.