THE END IS NEAR! – It might seem premature to talk about the end of the year but the industrial waste industry has not been immune to the COVID-related supply chain challenges we are all dealing with. Historically, the fourth quarter of the year is always very busy with companies cleaning out their facilities so the expense is on this year’s books. Coupling this with holidays and vacations creates a time crunch. If you have any new waste streams or projects coming up we recommend getting profiles approved and shipments scheduled earlier than normal to help ensure no delays.
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There seems to be some confusion on the proper management of waste aerosols. This is in part due to different regulations being applicable in different states. In 2018 the US EPA proposed managing waste aerosols as universal waste and not as hazardous waste. The reason for the rule change was to reduce regulatory burdens on retail businesses and others, to encourage recycling of the canisters, and to reduce the improper disposal of these items.
Many states have adopted this rule change and a current list of which states are participating can be found online. For example, Illinois has adopted this rule change, but Wisconsin has not. Per a recent conversation with one of our WDNR contacts, this rule change is not anticipated to take effect in Wisconsin until 2023.
Aerosols have been historically managed as hazardous waste due to the concerns of the compressed propellant (i.e., pressurized gas) and the products themselves (i.e., flammable, corrosive, and/or toxic). Common examples are spray paint, cleaners, and insecticides.
It is important you are working with a knowledgeable partner to ensure the federal and state regulations that apply to your facility are being adhered to. If you have questions about the proper management of waste aerosols, please contact CES and we will gladly help.
The chemical waste management industry continues to struggle as many industries are these days. It may seem odd to think of the waste industry as part of the supply chain but if your facility creates products, you also most likely create waste. If the waste cannot be efficiently removed, there becomes a backlog that can impact production, safety, regulatory compliance, and more. Worker shortages, transportation challenges, COVID-related backlogs at disposal sites, and other factors have all impacted the waste removal industry.
We have continued to diligently work to ensure the industry shortfalls do not impact our clients. Through the strategies we implement, strong partnerships with our vendors, and our “client first” focus, we have been able to provide responsive and reliable services even as the industry continues to struggle, and we continue to rapidly grow.
Our ongoing efforts to provide more and better services for our clients have resulted in us investing in a large work trailer. This new resource allows us to provide cost-effective and responsive solutions for providing clients with drums, oil absorbents, and other waste program-related items. The new trailer has been very useful for efficiently completing large lab packs and complex industrial cleaning projects as well. If you have pending lab packs, industrial cleaning projects, or ongoing waste container needs, please contact your account manager to learn more about how we can help you.