Small Quantity vs Large Quantity: What are the designations?

September 7, 2020

When it comes to hazardous materials handling, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) has outlined three types of generators. Hazardous waste generators produce waste in three categories that are determined by the amount of waste generated per calendar month.  There are three categories of generators and three very frequently used acronyms: VSQG: Very small quantity

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FDA Recalls Hand Sanitizers with Methanol

August 12, 2020

August 2020 At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hand sanitizer was in short supply. To encourage productions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) altered their regulations to make it possible for companies such as alcohol distillers to shift production to hand sanitizer.  It’s estimated that over 700 companies began producing hand sanitizer to respond

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Top 6 Things to Know About Episodic Hazardous Waste Generation

August 11, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines an episodic event as an activity that does not normally occur during a generator’s operations. The event causes a hazardous waste generator to exceed the upper limit of its normal generator category for that month.  This often affects Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) or Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) negatively,

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5 Best Practices for Handling Hazardous Materials Safely

July 21, 2020

Hazardous materials handling requires special care, not only to keep your employees safe but also to adhere to regulations that affect the handling of these materials. It’s always a great time to brush up on best practices for hazardous materials handling. We’ve put together a list of five necessary best practices for material handling.  Understand

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Effective February 7, 2020 – Aerosol Cans…

February 7, 2020

Effective February 7, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding aerosol cans to the Universal Waste (UW) program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The EPA defines an “aerosol can” as a “non-refillable receptacle containing a gas compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure, the sole purpose of which is to expel

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Landfills 101

June 20, 2019

Landfills are a tool used to handle the disposal of different types of waste in any industrialized society, and are regulated by the EPA.   The EPA encourages source reduction instead of landfills when handling hazardous waste disposal. Of course, the EPA would prefer you not generate hazardous waste in the first place. Their preference is

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How Can A Hazardous Waste Company Help Your Bottom Line

May 15, 2019

Hazardous waste disposal and even non-hazardous waste disposal is subject to a large number of state and federal regulations. It can be difficult to keep up with regulations and new standards that created to protect the environment and require full compliance, or risk expensive fines and clean-up fees. Many hazardous waste generators, especially those that

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What’s the Difference between Toxic and Hazardous Waste?

April 30, 2019

Many times the labels “toxic waste” and “hazardous waste” are used interchangeably. People outside the hazardous waste industry often use them to label anything that poses environmental or public health threat. It generally gets thrown under the umbrella of hazardous or toxic waste, even though it’s not truly accurate. Even many people in the industry

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What is the EPA Toxic Release Inventory, and Why It Matters to You

March 13, 2019

TRI was created by the EPA after a tragedy in Bhopal, India in December 1984. A cloud of toxic methlyl isocynate gas escaped from union carbide chemical plant. Thousands died, thousands more died in the years to come, and thousands of survivors have permanent injuries. 2 years later, Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community

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Empty HAZMAT Container? Check Again.

February 28, 2019

What appears empty to the normal eye may not be considered empty by the EPA. So even though you set out to comply with all the hazardous waste management regulations for the material itself, you may still end up being at risk of violating the law. The Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) contains

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