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Identifying and cleaning up hazardous waste can be an expensive proposition for many companies that are caught between the presence of the waste materials, the regulations imposed by the government, and the cost of the clean-up itself.
What is Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous waste is material which is no longer needed and presents a danger to the health and wellbeing of those who are near it. The waste can be generated from industrial use, manufacturing, or the creation of certain products. The waste material can be solid, liquid, or gaseous in form and, in some cases, may be difficult to identify.
However, there is an identification process for hazardous waste, in terms of its substance and inclusion in EPA definitions of hazardous. Keep in mind that materials may be removed from the list of being hazardous, so what may have been considered dangerous yesterday may no longer be so today.
Today, there are a series of regulations from the EPA that define the creation, storage, treatment, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste. All the regulations must be followed from start to finish or the owner risks fines, lawsuits, and in some cases imprisonment depending on the severity of the charges.
For companies that suspect or discover waste material that is hazardous on their property, the first step is to obey the federal, state, and local laws that are set in place. They should begin by hiring a licensed, insured, professional hazardous waste removal company, as they should be familiar with all applicable rules and regulations.
The next step is the proper identification and pricing for removal of the waste materials. It is true that even a small amount of waste may be expensive to remove because of the procedures that are involved. However, once it has been identified and acknowledge, it must be removed and disposed of in a timely manner. Otherwise there is a risk of greater contamination and violation of laws.
Once the material is gathered, it must be transported from the site to an area where it can be properly disposed. Depending on the nature of the hazardous waste, the process may be a simple or complicated one that includes considerations of storage size, type, and location. While the removal process is general is a complicated one, risks can be minimized when proper procedures are followed.
How Brickley Environmental Removes Hazardous Waste
At Brickley Environmental, we offer top of the line hazardous waste removal that is complete and affordable. Our trained technicians have the knowledge, skill, experience, and equipment to properly remove the material safely and effectively from your property. When you call our courteous, friendly staff, they will explain our services to you, answer all your questions, and can set up an appointment so our representative can inspect the situation and provide you with a free quote for our services.