Proper Handling and Waste Management

Many solvents are utilized in industrial settings daily. However, with solvents used often in processes and products, what is done to the waste created from their production? This question is difficult to answer because different solvents require different disposal methods. In some cases, these solvents can become hazardous waste that has strict disposal procedures. This blog post will define what hazardous waste is and explore proper solvent disposal.  

What Is Hazardous Waste?  

Hazardous waste (as defined by the EPA) exhibits dangerous properties that can negatively affect human health and the environment. Waste can come in multiple forms:   

  • Liquids  
  • Solids  
  • Gases  
  • Sludges  

The EPA has developed an entire identification process that can determine whether a substance is a dangerous waste. The generator of the waste is responsible for making the correct determination. If you require assistance to make the correct decision, the EPA asks you to consider contacting the following:  

  • Waste service providers  
  • EPA Compliance Assistance Centers  
  • Your state’s waste or environmental agency  
  • Small business office of your state  
  • Your EPA Region  
  • Trade associations that you are in  

You could also ask for assistance from environmental service companies or vendors, but you may have to pay a fee for their services.   

How to Properly Dispose of Solvents  

Different solvents should be disposed of in various ways.   

Chemical suppliers typically provide Safety Data Sheets that list disposal considerations in Section 13; two notable disposal methods include recycling and waste collection centers. Solvent waste should be taken care of, according to regulations set by the EPA. You might have to treat specific solvents before the disposal begins to prevent harmful effects on the environment and humans.   

If you are unsure of how to dispose of your solvent, do not be afraid to ask for advice from a trusted source.  

Want to Learn More About Solvent Disposal or Purchase Solvents? 

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