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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 […]

How to Clean Up Broken CFL Bulbs

Chances are you or someone you know uses CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs in their home, office, etc. These bulbs, while being more environmentally friendly and longer lasting, pose some danger if broken. The danger stems primarily from the mercury that is in the bulbs because it is toxic in large quantities. The EPA has a detailed […]

What is Hazardous Waste?

The other day as I was brainstorming ideas to write about for the blog something occurred to me. Hazardous waste is a very broad concept. I realized that outside of a company that deals with theses items on a daily basis, there may be confusion about what even qualifies as hazardous. This being said, I […]

Household Hazardous Wastes: What’s the Danger

Last week, we told you about common household hazardous wastes and how you can identify and dispose of them properly. In order to expand on this topic, this week we created the graphic below to give you information about why and how certain household wastes are dangerous. To see a larger version, just click the image below.

Household Hazardous Wastes

According to the EPA website, hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes. Although it may surprise you, many of these products […]

Top Ten Hazardous Waste Generator Violations (And How to Avoid Them): Part 3

This week we will finish the article about the Top 10 Hazardous Waste Violations (And How to Avoid Them) written by Patty Smith, CHMM (Certified Hazardous Materials Manager). 4. Used Oil Labeling Violations              AVOID this by: 1.) Understand the definition of used oil. 2.) Any container or tank utilized to hold used […]