Hazardous Waste Disposal

TriHaz provides hazardous waste disposal services for healthcare and industry in our service area. In addition to common waste streams, healthcare providers may have wastes such as aerosols and flammable liquids in small quantities, as well as universal waste. Our industrial customers find our waste profiling to be especially helpful, along with fewer and less obtrusive pickups. With all customers, our goal is to reduce disruption and keep your facility’s operational efficiency at the forefront. 

RESPONSIVENESS AND BUNDLED SERVICES.

“The Orthopaedic Center has 21 locations across Alabama and Tennessee, and TriHaz Solutions has managed our medical waste for several years. They are very responsive – “Johnny-on-the-spot” whenever I need to add a service or have a question! Before TriHaz, we had to use several vendors for our different locations, and with their bundled services, we can include secure document destruction. This is much more efficient, with one pickup and one invoice. Plus, we have no worries about compliance since our waste is being properly transported, treated, and disposed.” 

Jeremy Gaertner
Clinical Director, The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Why Our Hazardous Waste Service?

Reliability & Safety

When you work with TriHaz Solutions as your medical waste disposal service you’re working with a reliable partner who can help you reduce risk for your patients and employees.

Compliance Training

We offer staff compliance training for your staff regarding OSHA, DOT, and HIPAA. This is important to ensure that your staff is up-to-date on the latest medical waste compliance regulations.

Highly Qualified

Our team is highly qualified and has the experience to get the job done right. With years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with your specific needs.

Why Our Hazardous Waste Service?

Highly Qualified

Our team is highly qualified and has the experience to get the job done right. With years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with your specific needs.

Reliability & Safety

When you work with TriHaz Solutions for your shredding requirements you’re working with a reliable partner who can help you reduce risk for your patients and employees.

We offer staff compliance training for your staff regarding OSHA, DOT, and HIPAA. This is important to ensure that your staff is up-to-date on the latest compliance regulations.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous waste disposal is the systematic and regulated process of managing, handling, and ultimately eliminating materials that pose a significant risk to human health and the environment. TriHaz Solutions is the trusted solution for hazardous waste disposal in the Southeast.

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Your Community Partner, Reducing Hazardous Waste Disposal Risk​

Materials that are classified as a hazardous waste must first be considered a solid waste, so the first step in hazardous waste identification is determining if a material meets the criteria. (Note: This can be confusing, because the definition of solid waste does not mean that the waste is always physically solid! It could be liquid, solid, sludge, or a contained gaseous material.) Then, the waste generator should determine whether the waste is specifically excluded from regulation as a solid/hazardous waste. There are wastes that are not considered solid wastes and there are solid wastes that are excluded from the definition of hazardous waste. The exclusions are for a variety of reasons (to provide recycling incentives, not enough information on the material, etc.) and made as a result of an EPA rule or Congressional action. Waste generators will find it helpful to refer to the EPA list of solid and hazardous waste exclusions. The next step is to determine if the waste is a listed or characteristic waste. If a waste is specifically listed on one of four lists–the F and K Lists (including wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes and wastes from specific sectors of industry and manufacturing) or the P and U Lists (acute hazardous and hazardous wastes from discarded commercial chemical products)–then it is a hazardous waste. Characteristic wastes are wastes that are considered hazardous due to one of four characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity and toxicity.

What is Universal Waste?​

Universal waste is generated in many settings and at many types of facilities. This category of hazardous waste covers materials that are common, such as batteries, mercury-containing equipment, lamps, aerosol cans, and pesticides. The waste is hazardous for at least one constituent, and some may have multiple hazardous constituents such as corrosive liquids (battery acid), toxic metals such as mercury or lead, toxic or hazardous compounds, or ignitable compressed gases. A waste must be a hazardous waste in order to be a universal waste; however, this specific subset of hazardous waste is subject to less stringent management requirements.

Alabama’s Universal Waste Rule​

In Alabama, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is the agency that enforces hazardous waste regulations, including the universal waste rule and ADEM’s simplified set of standards allow for safe management. The goal is to encourage recycling and reclamation while avoiding improper disposal of commonly generated wastes. Basically, the universal waste rules allow for simplified packaging/labeling requirements, longer accumulation times, and being able to ship the waste without a hazardous waste manifest. Also, universal waste is not counted against a facility’s hazardous waste generator status. Tennessee’s Universal Waste Rule​ Tennessee’s universal waste management requirements closely mirror federal requirements and are administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC). In Tennessee, hazardous waste generators may choose to manage non-hazardous items as universal waste.

Our Hazardous Waste Solutions

Managing Multiple Vendors

When new waste needs surface that your current waste provider doesn’t offer, shuffling multiple vendors and unfamiliar faces in and out of your facility can cause unnecessary disruptions in your medical facility or plant.

Finding Simple Solutions

Since all facilities have unique processes in place, it can make problem-solving more difficult. It’s hard to obtain help with your hazardous waste related problems if you have to call a 1-800 number and speak to a representative you’ve never met and who is unfamiliar with your geographic area.

Long Waste Travel Time

Your facility is responsible for its hazardous waste from the moment it’s generated until disposal. Your facility’s liability increases with every extra mile your waste has to travel.

How Do You Handle Hazardous Waste?

Handling hazardous waste involves a meticulous process that starts with accurately identifying and classifying the waste based on properties like toxicity and flammability. It’s essential to segregate hazardous from non-hazardous waste, using appropriate, clearly labeled containers for storage. These containers should be stored in secure, designated areas equipped with spill-containment measures, and regularly inspected for leaks or deterioration. Employee training in handling, emergency response, and understanding of relevant regulations is crucial. Transportation of hazardous waste must comply with strict regulations and be carried out by licensed transporters. Disposal should be conducted at licensed facilities, employing methods like incineration or chemical treatment, depending on the waste type. Keeping thorough records of all these processes is vital for regulatory compliance and ensuring the safety of both the environment and those handling the waste.

What is the Most Common Hazardous Waste?

The most common type of hazardous waste is electronic waste, often referred to as e-waste. This includes discarded electronic devices like computers, smartphones, televisions, and batteries, which contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants. The rapid turnover of electronic devices in today’s technology-driven society has significantly increased e-waste, making it a major environmental concern. Improper disposal of these items can lead to the release of toxic subs.

How Do You Get Rid of Hazardous Chemicals?

Disposing of hazardous chemicals requires careful adherence to safety protocols and environmental regulations. Initially, you must identify and categorize the chemicals based on their hazard class. Once identified, segregate them for proper treatment – flammable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic chemicals each have specific disposal methods. Use appropriate, labeled containers for storage and ensure they are sealed and leak-proof. Consult local waste management authorities or specialized hazardous waste disposal services for actual disposal, as many chemicals cannot be disposed of via regular trash or down drains. These services typically use methods like incineration, neutralization, or encapsulation to dispose of hazardous chemicals safely. Maintaining detailed records of the disposal process for regulatory compliance and training anyone handling these chemicals in proper safety procedures and emergency responses to potential spills or accidents is crucial.

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