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Toxic Culture: All About Toxicity

Determining whether a waste exhibits a hazardous waste characteristic is an important part of the hazardous waste process. (See “Understanding the Four Characteristics of Hazardous Waste” for more on this.) The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which is implemented and enforced by the EPA, establishes hazardous waste requirements across the U.S. Under RCRA, there

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Announcing a New Look for InterACT: Branding ACTenviro Customer Portal

When we launched our portal, InterACT, earlier this year, we had one goal: to provide the very best online customer experience that you have come to expect from the people and services of ACTenviro. You have been among the first invited to use the portal and we hope you have found it useful and beneficial

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Kaboom: All About Reactivity

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, including “Understanding the Four Characteristics of Hazardous Waste,” determining whether a waste exhibits a hazardous waste characteristic is an important part of the hazardous waste process. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which is implemented and enforced by the EPA, establishes hazardous waste requirements across the U.S. Under

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Peeling Back the Layers on Corrosivity

In “Understanding the Four Characteristics of Hazardous Waste,” we covered the first step in managing your hazardous waste: determining if it is, in fact, a waste, as defined by the EPA. Suppose your waste for example does not appear on one of the EPA’s four lists of hazardous wastes; your next step is to see

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The Flaming Truth About Ignitability

As we noted in “Understanding the Four Characteristics of Hazardous Waste,” the first step in managing your hazardous waste is determining that it is, in fact, a waste, as defined by the EPA. Suppose your waste does not appear on one of the EPA’s four lists of hazardous wastes; you still need to check if

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What Are Mixed Wastes — and How do You Handle Them?

We’ve discussed hazardous wastes, both listed and characteristic. We’ve also addressed radioactive and biological wastes. But what if a waste falls into more than one category? This type of waste is referred to as “mixed waste.” Mixed waste: hazardous and radioactive Mixed hazardous and radioactive waste is subject to regulation by the EPA through the

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ACTenviro is awarded the Gold Shovel Standard Certification

This is exciting! ACTenviro has received the Gold Shovel Standard Certification (GSS). This is an important certification for companies such as ACTenviro as it’s an indication of increased safety awareness and a commitment to continuous damage prevention improvement. Gold Shovel Standard has rapidly become a permanent fixture in much of North America as the industry

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Identifying and Handling Biological and Radioactive Wastes

We’ve written several posts about how to determine whether your waste is actually waste and if it’s hazardous waste, using the four EPA lists (F, K, P, U) and testing for the four EPA characteristics of hazardous waste (toxicity, reactivity, ignitability, corrosivity [TRIC]). These are the steps you take to determine if a waste is

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Why Is It Called a Solid Waste — Even When It’s Not Solid?

Many people are familiar with the idea that hazardous waste regulations apply to “solid wastes” and understand that this term (confusingly) includes liquids and gases that are (obviously) not solids. But why are they called solid wastes if they’re not solid?  It’s the way our hazardous waste regulations were written. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the source of all hazardous waste

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What Is a Hazardous Waste Profile?

A hazardous waste profile — usually referred to simply as a “profile” — is an industry term for a form that lists the chemical properties of wastes requiring disposal. The format of the profile form will vary depending on the treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) that is receiving the waste, but it generally includes:

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