When thinking about hazardous waste, most people envision a generic green sludge, produced by a factory somewhere. But in fact, hazardous wastes are not all the same. They include such disparate materials as chlorinated solvents, oil-based paints and lead-acid batteries. Even a broken fluorescent bulb from your kitchen can qualify as hazardous waste.
But as different as these various substances are, they all represent a danger to the health, safety, and stability of both ecosystems and economies, so they must be handled in accordance with various laws and regulations.
These regulations define wastes in several different ways. Many are "listed wastes," meaning they meet specific criteria contained in the applicable legal language. But other substances are considered to be categorically hazardous; these do not have to be explicitly listed or described as hazardous. Their physical and chemical characteristics make them problematic.
The four primary categories of characteristic waste include:
For more information about hazardous waste disposal, contact a company like TransChem Environmental.Share
12 October 2016
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