The Business Case for Effective Hazardous Waste Management
So, how do we make a persuasive business case for effective hazardous waste management?
Legal Exposure and Reputation ManagementLet’s start with the obvious: it is a legally mandated requirement to manage hazardous waste appropriately, and if it’s not done correctly penalties can be hefty. The EPA recently increased the RCRA maximum civil penalty to $74,552 per day!
We also have an ethical duty to protect human health and the environment for future generations. Jimmy Carter said, “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”
Save your seat for upcoming RCRA hazardous waste training in San Antonio, Phoenix, Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Grand Rapids, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, and Cincinnati.
Positioning your company as a good environmental steward will positively affect its reputation – it will help you stand apart from the competition and give potential customers and clients a perspective for engagement and create opportunities for growth.
Avoiding Long-lasting CERCLA LiabilityBy managing waste effectively your company will also limit potential liabilities from accidents and releases. The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires a cleanup if there is a release to the environment.
Unlimited recoverable costs from a liable party include those for sampling and monitoring; detecting, identifying, controlling and disposal; assessing danger to the public; project administration and overhead; and legal enforcement.
Liability for damages are limited to $50 million unless the incident resulted from non-compliance with regulations. You’ll also want to protect your employees from the physical and health dangers associated with exposure to chemicals.
Recycling to Save Money or Create New IncomeWhen the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed in 1976, Congress declared several goals for the United States including conserving valuable energy and natural resources. Recycling – either by reusing materials “as is” or reclaiming them to recover a usable component – is one way to achieve this goal.
Not only is recycling good for the environment, it can be good for your company’s bottom line too. Significant savings can be realized by minimizing the purchase of virgin material and not paying a TSDF for treatment and disposal.
Better yet, if you recycle on-site, you’ll also save transportation costs. Many recycling units have a return on investment that generate a profit in a relatively short time period. Some companies have turned scrap metal recycling, the sale of recovered materials, and precious metals recovery into income streams as well.
Ultimately, managing waste effectively is a financially prudent move for your company.
Advanced RCRA TrainingWant to make a persuasive case for effective waste management in your organization? At the Advanced RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Workshop, put your RCRA knowledge to work in new ways! This unique workshop emphasizes cost-cutting options such as:
- Capitalizing on waste ID and counting exclusions
- Keeping solid waste “out of the system” of RCRA
- Treating waste without a RCRA permit
- Best practices for waste minimization and pollution control
- Managing used oil and universal waste, and more
The Advanced workshop comes to Salt Lake City, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, North Jersey, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia in 2019.
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Enterprise Safety Manager
Excellent job. Made what is very dry material interesting. Thoroughly explained all topics in easy-to-understand terms.
The instructor was very knowledgeable and provided pertinent information above and beyond the questions that were asked.
This was the 1st instructor that has made the topic actually enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. Far better than the "other" training providers our company has attended!
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The instructor clearly enjoys his job and transmits that enthusiasm. He made a dry subject very interesting and fun.
The instructor made the class very enjoyable and catered to the needs of our group.
The exercises in the DOT hazardous materials management course are especially helpful in evaluating your understanding of course information.
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