Waste Management – Hazardous/Municipal/Special
The most important first step in any waste management program is to minimize the amount of waste that is generated or must be disposed.
During property assessments, LCA’s professionals are experts at selecting equipment and investigation/sampling techniques that produce a minimal amount of investigation-derived waste (IDW). LCA takes care not to mix waste streams and to insure that waste units are separated whenever practical so that more volume can be disposed in a less expensive waste category whenever possible.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA) provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for permitting, storage/handling of hazardous materials and corrective action. LCA professionals help clients comply with regulations promulgated under RCRA and HSWA.
Spent perchloroethylene (the main solvent used in dry cleaning), for example, is a RCRA-listed hazardous waste. Depending on the quantity of solvent stored/disposed, a commercial tenant may require RCRA permitting. LCA provides permitting support for a variety of small/large quantity generators.
The majority of remodeling/construction wastes will be municipal solid waste (MSW). LCA carefully segregates bulk waste material on the basis of lab results and professional judgment. This prevents a client from over-paying for disposal due to incorrectly classifying wastes into a more expensive class.
Under certain conditions, petroleum wastes from a LPST site may be special wastes. Asbestos-containing material, as from abatements, is a special waste.