Hazardous waste is classified as anything that is flammable, explosive, poisonous or toxic to health, damaging to the environment or infectious. Examples include residues from glues and adhesives, plastic, oils and paints and used medical products like syringes.
Utah Hazmat Law
Utah hazmat law states that hazardous waste must be stored, treated and disposed of correctly. This usually is through incineration or landfill at licensed facilities. Any company that produces hazardous waste needs to notify the state authorities.
Garbage companies are not allowed to dispose of hazardous wastes, and if businesses are caught putting it in the regular trash, they could be subject to hefty fines.
Large fines meted out in the past include an $82 million judgement against Walmart in 2013 when they breached the Clean Water Act when workers put bleach and pesticides down the drain where they contaminated the water supply and a $375,000 settlement with Macy’s department store in 2017. They generated enough hazardous waste to be a small quantity generator but did not notify the EPA.
Safe Disposal of Hazmats
Keeping staff up to date on health and safety laws and knowing how to dispose of dangerous materials safely will prevent fines and enhance a company’s reputation. Companies that have policies that are responsible towards the environment attract more customers and can gain ethical business status.
Hazmat transportation companies in Utah such as Enviro Care Hazmat can offer compliant transportation and a variety of disposal options for industrial, commercial and healthcare industries at affordable prices. A professional waste disposal company also have emergency call-out and can attend quickly in the event of a spill.
Hazardous wastes are a standard part of doing business, but they can also do significant harm to the environment. Disposing of them via a hazmat disposal service ensures companies to stay clean and avoid penalties.