In the past, it seemed only large businesses, such as chemical manufacturers, had to worry about hazardous waste. Today, any business that generates hazardous waste, especially small businesses, must understand the hazardous wastes they produce, how they are to be handled and even recorded.
To shed more light on the issue, let us talk a moment about hazardous waste and what they are by EPA law. A hazardous waste is a material you have used that can cause serious problems if not handled or disposed of properly and carefully. Such waste has the potential to cause:
Do you generate hazardous waste?
It is an important question. If the answer is “no,” you do not need to read further. But, the detail business does generate hazardous waste, so read on.
If you don’t believe me, and choose to answer, “I don’t know,” “I’m not sure,” or “I don’t think so,” then you must find out if any of your wastes are hazardous to determine what regulations would apply to your detail business.
What is considered hazardous?
There are two ways for a waste to be considered hazardous:
This is exactly what engine cleaning does, with or without using engine-degreasing chemicals. Metals from the engine mixed with water and/or chemical create a hazardous waste.
It is your responsibility to know if your wastes are hazardous.
Some hints on determining what’s hazardous
There are a few hints to use to determine if you are generating hazardous wastes.
In every one of the above-mentioned cases, you need at least a permit or to register with one of the EPA agencies to comply with the law. Have you done this? It is very likely you are dumping hazardous wastes in the operation of your detail business.
If you need assistance, you have two choices:
Never, under any circumstances, do nothing.