Waste Management Needs Everyone’s Help! If Not, It’s Just a Waste!

How often do you walk through your facility and spot an unlabeled or open waste container? As you walk through your plant and waste storage areas, do you see problems with waste and product management, such as missing signage or products stored outside of secondary containment. You think, “These problems weren’t here last week!”, and “What am I going to do, we have an internal audit is next month!!” As an ESH professional, it’s easy to “see” these items are not in compliance with the regulations. However, do the workers and supervisors understand the requirements AND the results if an outside agency finds them? For better or worse, most ESH professionals are responsible for all three areas of compliance – environmental, health and safety. Environmental compliance is a big responsibility, and one person can’t be in the entire facility every moment of every day. You need help! You could ask
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The Forgotten Class, Class 2 Industrial Waste

Correct use of the Class 2 non-hazardous waste code is one of the best tools to minimize your risk of burdensome reporting requirements and higher regulatory costs, yet it is often overlooked by waste generators. The TCEQ requires that all industrial waste be classified and assigned a waste code by the waste generator.  Hazardous wastes are defined by the EPA, and those definitions remain the same for all 50 states.  However, once a waste is determined to be non-hazardous, each state has different regulations that apply.  Texas has one of the most detailed breakdowns of non-hazardous wastes, using a 3-tiered “class” system:  Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3.  Class 1 wastes are those wastes that are not hazardous, but pose enough risk to the environment that Texas does not want them disposed of in a standard municipal landfill. Class 1 waste requirements include:  If landfilled, must be managed in
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