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The Battle Between Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycling, and Reconditioning

The Battle Between Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycling, and Reconditioning

The hazardous waste created in industries and factories is one of the most significant concerns worldwide. The improper handling of these dangerous goods can lead to environmental damages and result in human health hazards. To promote a sustainable future, it is vital to dispose of hazardous waste and manage it correctly. Many methods are available for safely disposing of hazardous materials, but it can be challenging to determine which one is the most suitable option. This blog post aims to provide readers with a better understanding of the differences between dangerous goods waste disposal, recycling, and reconditioning.

Hazardous waste disposal is the process of treating and disposing of waste materials that are harmful to the environment and public health. The treatment process includes several methods such as incineration, chemical stabilization, and deep well injection. However, hazardous waste disposal is the least environmentally friendly option as it can result in significant pollution and environmental damage.

On the other hand, the recycling of hazardous waste is a more environmentally friendly alternative. Recycling involves the transformation of waste materials into new usable products. Recycling hazardous waste can save energy and reduce emissions, which can result in a lower carbon footprint. Recycling can also help conserve natural resources and reduce waste amounts that end up in landfills.

Reconditioning is another efficient and sustainable way of managing hazardous materials. The reconditioning process includes cleaning, repairing, and refurbishing obsolete or partially used containers. Reconditioning hazardous packaging supplies such as drums and containers minimizes waste generation, saves energy costs, and conserves natural resources. Reusing containers through reconditioning also reduces GHG emissions, protecting the environment from harmful pollutants.

To determine whether disposing of, recycling, or reconditioning hazardous waste is the best option for your business, two crucial factors must be considered. First, the type and amount of waste generated must be determined. Based on this information, a treatment or disposal method can be chosen. Second, the available resources and time must be assessed. Some options may be more cost-effective than others, depending on the size of the company and budget.

To sum up, hazardous waste is a growing issue, which requires careful consideration and management. While hazardous waste disposal can be the quickest method, it is not the best option for the environment. Recycling hazardous waste is an efficient and sustainable option, while the reconditioning of hazardous packaging supplies ensures the reuse of resources and protects the environment. By choosing the right method for managing hazardous waste, companies can positively contribute to a sustainable environment. Always verify your local state/provincial regulations for more detail on regulations when shipping dangerous goods for disposal/recycling.

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Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine CD (Canadian Decoration) served 22 years as a member of the Canadian Forces. Initially as an Infantry section Commander in the Princess Patricia Canadian Lite Infantry (PPCLI), he served on two peace keeping missions in the former Yugoslavia, and one combat tour in Afghanistan where his unit was awarded the Governor General Unit Citation for actions in combat. He then continued to serve as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a firefighter, where he completed a diploma in Fire Science/ Fire-fighting from Memorial University and Occupational Health and Safety diploma from the University of New Brunswick. Lastly, in his career with the Canadian Forces, he served as a member of the Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Operator (CBRN Op), part of the Canadian Special Operation Command (CANSOFCOM). Upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces, he took a position as a Life Cycle Management of hazardous materials instructor for the logistical branch of the Department of National Defense and is knowledgeable in NFCC, CEPA 1999, IMHWR, TDGR, ICAO, IATA, IMDG, GHS and OH&S federal regulations.

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