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 transportation to a disposal site. In fact, generators remain responsible for the waste they produce even after disposal and are liable for any costs associated with future releases of their waste. Why?
In 1976, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed, which created regulations regarding the proper management of hazardous waste. Before the RCRA, the country faced numerous issues with massive amounts of waste being disposed of in environmentally unfriendly ways.