It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it! Waste management is literally a dirty job and it’s definitely necessary. Correct and timely compliance with the regulations for industrial and hazardous wastes help to protect the environment and safeguard the health of people.
Industrial and hazardous waste generators are responsible for the waste they generate until final disposal, the cradle to grave responsibility. These regulations are set forth by regulations in Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 335. The rules apply both to wastes generated in Texas and to those generated outside the state and sent to Texas for treatment, storage, and/or disposal.
How to manage your waste stream?
- Identify your wastes.
- Determine if your wastes are industrial, non-hazardous, and/or hazardous wastes.
- Document your waste determinations.
- Quantify and track the amounts of waste generated.
- Implement proper waste management. For example; finding the right waste vendor, collection containers, labeling, spill containment, accumulation limits, disposal requirements, personnel training, and documentation and record keeping requirements.
- Register and report your wastes to the EPA when applicable. For example, you must notify your state when you generate more than 220 lbs a month of hazardous wastes per month.
If you haven’t completed the items above, then you are not only subjecting yourself to penalties and fines, but you may be harming people and the environment.