When a company begins to generate hazardous waste for the first time, they have a number of expectations about its eventual disposal. Of course, as with so many things in life, many of these expectations aren’t exactly realistic. If you’re a first-time generator, it’s critical to be as informed as possible as you navigate the new and foreign world of hazardous waste disposal. Let’s take a look at a few common expectations, as well as the reality.

EXPECTATION: LOWEST-COST SERVICES SHOULD SUFFICE

Reality: Seeking out budget-friendly services is a priority for most everyone. When it comes to something as sensitive and heavily regulated as hazardous waste disposal, however, the lowest-cost option isn’t necessarily the right decision. Many businesses expect that all hazardous waste disposal companies will follow basic compliance laws, no matter how cheap the quote, but that’s not always the case. Because you’re responsible for your hazardous waste cradle-to-grave, this isn’t the time to gamble.

Paying a bit extra won’t only ensure your hazardous waste is disposed of properly, either; companies that charge more for their services are also more likely to be receptive, helpful, and timely (all things you want in a hazardous waste disposal company).

EXPECTATION: SAME DAY PICKUPS ARE EASY TO SCHEDULE

Reality: It’s not uncommon for companies to put off their hazardous waste disposal needs for longer than they should, assuming a same day pickup is always an option (should the situation suddenly become dire). Unfortunately, the reality is that same day pickups can be pretty tricky to schedule. Most hazardous waste disposal companies have pickup schedules that were planned weeks in advance. In order to avoid trouble, you should expect to schedule your waste disposal ahead of schedule—not at the last minute.

EXPECTATION: ALL HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL AND TREATMENT METHODS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Reality: Hazardous waste is more complicated than you might think. For example: Inorganic wastes such as acids, bases, cyanides, and salts should be treated. Non-halogenated solvents and oils should be blended for reuse as a supplemental fuel. Organic materials, and highly toxic or reactive materials should be incinerated. You’ll need to develop a solid understanding of common disposal and treatment procedures—and you’ll definitely want to find a hazardous waste disposal company with extensive experience in the field, thereby ensuring your specific waste type is treated or disposed of properly.

Victory Environmental has decades of experience with hazardous waste management. Whatever challenges you might be dealing with, we can help. If you’d like to discuss your project (or challenges) with us, give us a call at (312) 796-8280.

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