Hazardous Waste Management

What Is Hazrdous Waste?

The Definition

Many wastes are newly classified as ‘hazardous’ and some companies will now find themselves dealing with hazardous consignments for the first time. Hazardous waste is defined in the Hazardous Waste List incorporated in the European Waste Catalogue.

On 16 July 2004 the co-disposal of hazardous waste with non-hazardous waste at the same landfill site was prohibited. On 16 July 2005 the Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) came into force. Waste producers are required to ensure that their waste meets the WAC; basic characterisation of waste at an early stage is essential.

Hazardous Waste

Many wastes are newly classified as ‘hazardous’ and some companies will now find themselves dealing with hazardous consignments for the first time. Hazardous waste is defined in the Hazardous Waste List incorporated in the European Waste Catalogue.

On 16 July 2004 the co-disposal of hazardous waste with non-hazardous waste at the same landfill site was prohibited. On 16 July 2005 the Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) came into force. Waste producers are required to ensure that their waste meets the WAC; basic characterisation of waste at an early stage is essential.

Common Questions

These two symbols, along with several others, represent a form of hazardous waste, which is any solid or liquid waste that is considered toxic, chemically reactive,flammable or corrosive.

To encourage hazardous waste recycling while protecting health and the environment, EPA developed regulations to ensure recycling would be performed in a safe manner. Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) provide temporary storage and final treatment or disposal for hazardous wastes.

Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to. human health or the environment. The universe of hazardous wastes is large and diverse. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, or contained gases. 

A material is considered toxic when it causes death or harm by being inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. The waste can contain chemicals, heavy metals, radiation, dangerous pathogens, or other toxins. Toxic material can be either human-made and others are naturally occurring in the environment.

Sealed containers A container that holds hazardous waste is portable and sealable. One common hazardous-waste container is the 55-gallon drum, either plastic or metal depending on the nature of the waste. Corrosive material can’t be stored in these drums.

Hazardous WASTE

Handling Hazardous Waste

Supporting Documents

Supporting document created by EPA on Classify different types of waste

Supporting Documents

Supporting document from the National Household Hazardous Waste Forum

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