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How to Avoid Hazardous Waste Weekly Inspection Violations

Sometime in the next couple of months we will be publishing a new eBook about some common hazardous waste generator violations and how you can go about avoiding them. To tide you over until that comes out though, I’d like to take our post today to write about weekly inspections of hazardous waste storage areas […]

What is a Carbon Footprint?

Assuming you have not been living under a rock for the past few years, you have most likely heard the term “carbon footprint.” It’s one of those terms that people throw around in an attempt to sound “greener.” But if you’re like me, you may wonder what the word actually means. Is it like carbon […]

Sustainable Business Practices – Part 3

In closing our series on sustainable business practices, I felt it wouldn’t be conclusive without a look into the triple bottom line. You can refer to these three ket points as Socially Responsiblity, Environmental Soundness, and Economic Viability or simply: People, Planet, and Profit. These three pillars of business effort are the core of what […]

Costly Hazardous Waste Violations

Information recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirms that three metal finishing companies in Southern California are paying the (hefty) price for improperly disposing of hazardous waste. Collectively, the three companies will be paying fines of more than $196,650. Some of these charges include: $74,000 in fines for failure to treat their industrial wastewater […]

Sustainable Business Practices – Part 2

In today’s technology biased world, people readily search the internet from home, from work, or on the go from their cell phone for answers to all of life’s questions. But do you question the backstory of the answers you find before making a buying decision?  It feels great to make the healthy decision to pick […]

Sustainable Business Practices – Part 1

When you hear the word “sustainability” what do you think? Most people think “green” or “protecting our earth.” On a personal level though, it comes down how these thoughts are turned into the actions we take at home, at play, and at work. Do you shut off the lights when you leave a room? Do […]

Things You Think You Know About Hazardous Waste – Pt. 3

This week we finish our things you think you know series contributed by Heritage Compliance Manager Mike Karpinski. The topic of this weeks post; as long as a business complies with EPA waste regulations they don’t have to worry about anything else. Working at a national waste management company like Heritage, I often dream this was […]

Things You Think You Know About Hazardous Waste – Pt. 2

Continuing our series of things you think you know about hazardous waste, this week Heritage Compliance Manager Mike Karpinski wrote about another common hazardous waste misconception. The idea that all non-hazardous wastes are “safe.” This is the opposite side of last weeks post about all hazardous wastes being dangerous. As far as safety is concerned, it is […]

Things You Think You Know About Hazardous Waste – Pt. 1

Over the next few weeks we are going to be doing a series about things you think you know about hazardous waste (that are actually wrong). These posts have been contributed by our 10-year Heritage Compliance Manager, Mike Karpinski. So without further ado, our first common misconception: All hazardous wastes are “hazardous” One of the […]

Plastic Identification: How to Categorize Your Waste

Information for this weeks post was found via the The Green Guide. Below, you will find the different classifications of plastic, common items in each category, and information about recycling. To read more from The Green Guide Network click here.   Plastic #1: Polyethylene terephtalate, also known as PETE or PET.  Usually clear in color, the vast majority of […]