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What is Non-Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous Materials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, defines hazardous waste as any waste that has the potential to be harmful to humans or the environment. It can have a variety of origins, from batteries to industrial wastes, and can present as pretty much any state of matter. Any form of waste that does not fall under this dangerous and toxic category and cannot be deemed as potentially harmful is known as non-hazardous waste.

Just because certain waste is considered non-hazardous does not mean that the removal process shouldn’t hold the same level of importance as hazardous waste. Some of these materials can still cause water and air pollution if not disposed of in a timely and proper manner. Most of the time, it can’t just go in a sewage drain or dumpster. Depending on what the materials are, certain regulations may require that the waste be removed in a specific way. At Stan’s, we can take care of this for you.

Some examples of non-hazardous waste are:

  • Waste oil
  • Soil that’s been contaminated by petroleum
  • Non-friable material containing asbestos
  • Empty RCRA containers/drums
  • Water/oil solutions
  • Rock/soil from drilling wells

While these materials might not have an immediate direct negative impact on us or the environment, this is not a chance we’re willing to take at Stan’s. You will want to make sure your waste removal is handled by someone with a good record of compliance. Believe it or not, even after it has left your property, you are still responsible for this waste–which is why you want to guarantee that it’s properly removed. 

If you’re unclear as to whether or not your waste is hazardous, don’t hesitate to ask a professional. There are serious consequences you could face even if you accidentally place mislabeled hazardous material in a landfill or other place where it doesn’t belong. Let us handle your non-hazardous waste removal. Contact us today to request a quote!

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