James: Hi, everyone. Welcome to today's webinar on Hazardous Waste Disposal and Opportunities to Save Time and Money. My name is James. I'm the webinar event coordinator at Triumvirate Environmental and I'll be your moderator for today's event.
Before we get started, I'd like to give you a brief overview on what the webinar is going to entail as we went through some housekeeping items. As you can see here, everyone's microphones will be turned off for the entirety of the webinar. But you can communicate the other questions tab in your webinar panel on the right hand side of your screen. So you can use that to type questions in throughout the webinar and we'll respond to any that we don't get to after the webinar we'll make sure we'll follow up with everyone.
We're going to try something little bit new today which is we're going to take a Q&A break, a short break about halfway through. So, if you have any questions on the earlier slides feel free to type them in and we'll try and get to them so you don't have to hold off completely until the end.
Also, please keep in mind, this is important. You will receive a copy of the slide deck and the webinar recording and that will be emailed to you tomorrow morning.
I'm pleased to introduce today's speaker Eric Feroldi. Eric is an account manager at Triumvirate Environmental where he oversees the day to day activities of various clients to ensure best in class compliance and sustainability.
Eric works closely with each client to understand the expectations and service needs and then coordinates TEI's service efforts to ensure that they are met. Eric got his BS in environmental science from the University of Rhode Island. And with that I'll turn things over to Eric.
Eric: Thank you James. Alright, guys, we'd dive right in here. So, key message here. How to use regulations and waste minimization options to improve your waste transportation and your waste disposal process to achieve organizational goals?
Who this for? So, firms looking to minimize waste generation whether it be through recycling, reuse, or standard reduction practices. And maybe a current provider does not offer waste minimization options. It's also for firms looking to reduce waste disposal cost. This is usually in line with lowering your bottom line and sustainability goals, transportation costs, may make up the bulk of your invoices. And then, firms looking for recycling and sustainability options.
You'll be amazed at what we could actually recycle in 2016. And maybe our current providers don't have any recycling options.
So, we'll start up with the quick poll question here. What is the greatest challenge when it comes to disposing of your hazardous waste?
James: And, we'll give everyone a few more seconds to answer that and we'll share the results.
Okay. It looks like we have a majority here it's more pretty close, 25% selected minimizing waste, 23% finding sustainable disposal options, 24% transportation and disposal costs, 17% compliance. So, it's pretty even throughout, Eric.
Eric: Alright. So, I'm good. [00:03:41] today? Well, it had to reduce your overall transportation cost, learn how to set up a compliance storage area for your waste, how the waste minimization assessment leads to more disposal options, and how leveraging compliance and waste tracking software can increase organization and efficiency.
So, basically, this is why we're different. [00:04:11] industry might say come and then ship out waste as soon as it's generated. So basically, as soon as the drum is full, you call for disposal of the drum. Mixing waste will reduce the number of waste drums generated. This is also known as co-mingling waste.
Say, you have a waste stream of acetone and dichloromethane and you also have a waste stream of acetone and sulphuric acid combining waste into one drum because both have flammable properties to save space. And then, the whole to burn it idea is best. I want my best incinerated. But we can get into some options out there other than straight incineration.
And then on the right what we say instead proper storage and segregation will reduce the need to ship more frequently which saves time and money. Again, co-mingle waste stream often have more than one hazard tape which makes waste more cost to dispose of and reduces the recyclability of the material.
Then having multiple outlets for waste can more cost treatment or reuse of waste will provide a low cost solution. You know just reuse, recycling waste energy stabilization and so on.
Quick agenda for today we'll start with using regulations to your advantage.
So, just a quick, this is by no means a full overview of the regulations, just trying to pull out useful aspects to help you get you thinking of waste to save time and money. It's a little bit of background. Regulations do allow for storage options. You'll learn how to use them to your advantage. Well, they may seem strict and daunting. Regulations can help you reduce waste disposal costs and improve logistics efforts.
So, a little background on the regulations. I do want to point out that we base this presentation primarily on small quantity generators, not to say the points we bring out will not have large quantity or conditionally exempt generators. We want to focus on small quantity because that seems to be the bulk of the clientele.
So, current regulations for small quantity generators allow for 2200 pounds of generated per month, that's per month. So, how much is 2200 pounds roughly? Four 55's of waste. Obviously it varies in waste pipes. But usually four 55's will give you on to that 2200 pounds generated. And then if you are conditionally exempt small quantity generator for the EPA you can produce one quart of prelisted waste and still be small quantity generator. And you can also produce less than 220 pounds per month of regular hazardous waste.
And you have indefinite time to store that waste up until you reach 2200 pounds then you have to ship out and of course well it's quantity generators that you produce more than 2200 pounds a month or greater than 2.2 pounds of prelisted materials which is a very toxic material, you have 90 days to ship out your waste.
So the various thing we hear about while we conduct shipment I don't want to go over the waste limit for small quantity generator. This goes back to the 2200 pounds. And, remember, it's not the weight that you're shipping. It's the weight you're generating per month.
So how can we use the regulations to your advantage? So, again the common misconception that you can only ship 2200 pounds a month to remain small quantity generator. In actuality, you can only produce 2200 pounds of hazardous waste a month or up to 2.2 pounds of that P listed material again which is that highly toxic waste of your small quantity generator, 220 pounds per month.
Regulations for small quantity allow for a 180 days storage on it. So, essentially you can ship out 13,200 pounds of hazardous waste and remain in a small quantity generator category. And we'll touch some base more of that. If you're a large quantity you know you produce more than 2200 pounds per month or more than 2.2 pounds of P listed you have up to 90 days to store that waste.
So the first thing we recommended, obviously setting up a storage area. This helps in many ways. And basically any area of your facility can be used to store hazardous waste. It doesn't have to be a back room with a door, delineation tape or fencing can be placed anywhere on your facility. It does have to be a secured area with authorized entry only. Required signage can be posted, this is MAH signs, [00:09:21] contacts, no smoking signs, inspection log and so on.
Spill decks and other spill counter measures can be installed. Alternatives are outdoor storage areas can be placed on a property that self contain and could be used to store empty drums as well. And then spill prevention and ventilation are already installed into the external or outdoor storage areas.
How do we reduce your transportation costs by storing waste longer? Well, by storing your waste longer as the regulations allow you reduce the number of times the truck is coming to your facility. So basically, each pick up often has a pick up fee, fuel surcharge, insurance surcharge and driver time associated with it. So, is the truck coming for one or two drums? O are they coming to maximize your disposal needs?
If you have the ability to find a storage area in your facility you can store waste longer and the overall cost per drum will decrease as well. And a couple of things to look at is also when you're looking at storing waste for longer, look at y our container sizes. You're storing waste in five, 20, or 55 gallons. So, if a five gallon jug or pail gets full, are you calling for a waste pick up? Or, can you jump to a bigger container to store the waste longer?
Just one example here. Say, you produced different waste streams at various intervals but you usually only have a drum ready for disposal at a rate of one per week. And, it could be a various different waste types. The option one which seems to be like a traditional option where a drum of waste is full you call for a pick up. The company comes up for just that one drum. Then your invoice for the trans, surcharge, driver time and then obviously the cost of the drum.
But, another viable option out there is let's say that same drum is ready for pick up. Instead of calling for disposal, you take the drum to the storage area. Label and date the drum and you store it. Knowing your generator status would whether be large, small or conditionally exempt, you may have a 180 days to hold on to the drum or six months again, that's for a small quantity generator.
You also have a new area for drum storage that can hold the drums safely, compliantly, out of the way. You have effectively reduced your pickups, invoices and charges from 24, in that same period, again, that's twice a week for six months, down to one.
So, the drum cost may be the same but you will effectively cut the transportation cost and other fees significantly by storing your waste.
And so we move on to the second portion of this which is waste minimization and recycling options. So, basically, what is a waste minimization assessment? It's basically analysis of every waste stream produced whether it would be production, RND, your heating and cooling waste for the facility. The waste is followed through its entire journey both upstream and downstream. That means before it goes into the process, while it's going to the process and then while it's determined to be a waste, the goal is to identify different waste options and whether co-mingled waste can be separated for a more efficient and less costly disposal.
By completing a waste minimization assessment you can identify how each waste is generated, selected, stored and shipped. So, basically, essentially, we come to your facility with our experts. We walk to your facility looking at each waste stream, collect them full on the waste, how it's collected, how it's managed, MSDS or SDS is on the waste. We then look into alternative disposal options to our network and return to your facility with a full presentation.
I was the one who conduct the waste minimization assessment. Well, you can start by answering a few questions. Do you have multiple streams that can be comingled? Are you comingling waste for the space saving, cost saving purpose? Or, are you concerned about material thrown into the dumpster? And this is more from a recycling aspect. Are you throwing away anything that has recyclable value? And again you want to review your MSDS or SDS as they come out for chemical compatibility whenever you're comingling waste obviously. And then speak with your hazardous, non-hazardous waste service provider if he offer this service.
And many times the service is a free service. So, waste minimization recycling options. This is where we get into what the options are and what common recyclable or we used materials are. So the overall goal of this type of assessment is to identify materials that can be reused, reclaimed, and they are recycled. Again, 2016, modern technology as multiple outlets for waste streams that can be reused and recycled. And then we'll just run through some quick examples of what's commonly reclaimed or recycled.
So obviously, oils, motor oil, jack oil, [00:14:59] can be filtered and then resold as [00:15:01] specification used oil. Plastic materials. I'm not talking about your mixed stream or cycling from say Coke bottles or food packaging. We're talking about industrial plastics whether they be runners, plastic scraps or plastic purse and then solvents.
So pretty much every solvent has some kind of reclaim reuse depending on purity. Common solvents that we see are MEK, [00:15:32], acetone and dichloromethane. Like I said, they have, a long way with recycling and reuse of these type of material.
And then a big one here is bio waste. I've been thinking how can you recycle bio waste. We'll actually get into that in a little bit. But, the main theme of that is most bio waste has a certain plastic percentage with it. And the plastic is able to be reclaimed and treated, [00:16:05] infectious. And then put into a process that actually makes plastic lumber.
Next is solid grit material. This could be sand blasting grit or vibratory grit. Most of it has construction uses. But this also includes non-hot soils while I'm thinking of it. And these can all be used in various construction, road construction apparatuses. And then, metals and e-waste, you know, standard metals from metal scrap and then your e-waste being computers, TVs, phones, etcetera.
I move on to just talking about compliance and waste tracking software. This might be new to some to you.
James: Alright. Let's take a quick break there, Eric. We'll pause for a couple of questions [00:17:04]. So, you know, one question comes in from [00:17:08]. And, he just wants to clarify the maximum amount that you can ship out at one time and still remain an LQG? How about that?
Eric: So, LQG, since you're producing more than 2200 pounds of waste in a month, there is no maximum to ship out because you can hold your waste for 90 days and you're already producing more than 2200 pounds. It's basically how much you are willing to store. And then, limitation might be by the truck. There's various sizes of trucks out there. And, you know, from small and micro, to B trucks, to truck to trailer trucks.
Logistically, as much as you can store for that 90 days, logistics always has way of working things out even if it's multiple trucks or trailer trucks on the engine to have removed.
James: Thanks for clarifying that. We'll just take one more here. You said, it's okay to ship 13000 pounds of waste in one month in SQG. Wouldn't that complicate logistics and require more resources?
Eric: So, basically, that 13200 is your cap for 180 days. And, believe it or not it's easier to logistically to come to your facility once. Like I said there's various size trucks out there for whatever amount of waste you need removed. And, logistically, it actually makes things smoother. Like you said it's only one kind if their coming. It's one invoice, on manifest package and so on.
James: Perfect. Okay, thanks Eric. You can pick up with that next section.
Eric: Okay. Well again to software. Why do you want to use software? So manifest, LTRs and packing slips can be uploaded into the software and track through its waste disposal journey. The software provides a counter with dates. So, for example when a manifest that do have to stay here other authorities you have not receive the manifest from the end facility the software alerts you and you can reach out for signed copy.
Again, if you need to have a signed copy on the premises you can also upload inspection sheets for MAA and SAA locations, track compliance and other regulation related issues.
So, quick benefits of software. Most software offers easy input of related forms and documents, PDFs and Microsoft documents can be directly uploaded as well as manifest and other shipping documents directly scanned right up to the system. Each document or manifest or LDR or packing slip is uploaded, is assigned specific dates for tracking and compliance and the software is very easily navigated.
I just want to talk a little bit about the different aspects of the software. As you can see, compliance counter, inspections, obviously for doing SAA, MAA inspections. You can upload your firm's inspection report directly into the computer and then enter everything via the software so there's no pen and paper kind of writing, jotting things down. You can track you manifests. You can upload all your profiles. You can track your waste inventory. You can upload your inventory of what you have for waste in your facility so you know exactly how many drums are in the waste area or how many drums are on the floor or how many drums you need to have removed. Documents like I said you can pretty much upload, any document of importance to this and it can all be tied into one regime and then messages. You can set up specific messages for you.
They are automatically populated. And, there are many different software options out there. This is basically Triumvirate developed its own system, it's called ADVISE and that's what we're talking about today.
So, for tracking manifest, different states have timelines for return manifest copies. Some states may not have any timelines. ADVISE can be custom tailored to fit your facility need within your respective state. So this is like a manifest home screen. Each manifest has to get scanned and manifest number gets pulled up.
The site where the waste was shipped from. Different status, and I know all the status here say archived. There are different actions like needing action, in progress. The compliance bubble here blue for being archived and all set. Ship date and then the day you got your return manifest copy. So, different compliance, bubbles, green, in progress, you still have time, still in compliant. Orange maybe something needs to be addressed shortly. And then red, something that might be out of compliant all together.
Then also populate this compliance calendar which you can enter multiple things into. You can enter your waste logs, monthly fuel tracking, air source permit registration, might they come up and be do. Storm water permit, might need to be renewed and so on. So there's a lot of different applications of what you can actually input into this tracking calendar from MAA inspections and SAA inspections, the date you are required to ship your waste, a lot of different aspects to this.
We move on to a few case studies this year just so we can get some ideas in your head.
Case study number one. A weapons manufacturer was sending sand blasting and vibratory grit to the local landfill. We conducted a waste minimization audit and the material was shifted to a reuse which lowered disposal cost and over 200 tons of material, 200 tons, was removed from going to the landfill. This material was mixed with other material to produce a reuse product for raw construction application. This assessment brought recycling and sustainability goals to fruition for the firm and it made things go a lot smoother when it comes to disposal options for this one wasting.
Because they were having difficulty getting it approved into different landfills. Thereby classifying it as a reuse material we had a liable option for this waste.
Case study number two. Plastics manufacturer was sending waste purge plastic material to the landfill as the material could not be recycled through traditional recycling outlets. Again, this type of plastic wasn't your single stream recycling. It wasn't your Coke bottles or your plastic wrappings from lunch. This was industrial plastic produced as a byproduct.
We conducted a waste minimization audit. Outlined the segregation option for the plastic and opened up multiple recycling options such as reuse in the plastic lumber industry and some of the materials could be reground and mixed with virgin product. So they had multiple plastic types. Just all being dumped into a raw if they had on site and they were sending that raw to the landfill.
We introduced this segregation option. Provided storage containers and managed a full recycling program for the firm reducing roll up holes in three to four times per month going to the landfill down to one. So they were, obviously, they were throwing in this plastic with their regular roll off waste from the facility. But by pulling it out and then recycling it the amount of times that the roll of cans was being pulled, it was three or four times a month we've got it down to once. One pull per month by having this plastic roll for recycle.
And then case study number three. A contract manufacturer using different solvents completed a waste minimization audit. It was found that all the solvent waste was very pure, but being co-mingled into drums. So they are acetone, MEK, dichloromethane, methanol from different sources, from different outlets, all being combined into one drum which was perfectly acceptable. They are all flammable materials and that's acceptable. But by making everything together you greatly reduce the recyclability of the material.
So, by segregating out different solvent waste streams, three of those four solvents are fully reclaimed and waste costs were cut by 78%. Pretty significant number.
So all the three solvents, I mean, on the four solvents, excuse me, three of them are fully recyclable. The fourth, have just a little too much saturation with the contaminants. So by segregating all them out, yes, it all, it did increase waste streams from one to four, then you need a larger space to store the drums on which they had and which we're able to set them up with. We were able to make a new storage area. It was bigger and more compliant and make it store the waste. And they have the availability to recycle three of their waste streams.
So we move on to a quick summary. And then we move on to a question and answer.
So, again, our key message here. How to use regulations and waste minimization options to improve your waste transportation and your waste disposal process to achieve organizational goals.
Quick summary. Regulations allow for storage options, use them to your advantage. They allow you to store your waste depending on your generator status against small quantity, 180 days, large quantity, 90 days. Initial exempt small quantity generator up until you reach top 2200 pound mark. Store it and save it.
Waste minimization and recycling options help to reduce overall costs and help organize the organization improves sustainability numbers. So, again that waste minimization audit come into the facility, do the [00:28:47], take a look at the waste, take a look at the incoming product, discusses sustainability goal and then they'll come back and give you a presentation on what they have found at the facility.
And then compliance and waste tracking software can improve efficiency, save time and eliminate confusion. So, I mean, if you're having difficulty with keeping track of your turn manifest, so you don't know when permits are due, all that stuff can be entered into waste tracking and compliance software, automatically populates a counter for you, automatically sends you alerts. Makes easy ways to track all of your waste.
So that we'll turn out the questions.
James: Great stuff. Thank you Eric. We do have a few questions waiting in the queue. And if anyone has a question, we've got some time here. So, if you have a question for Eric, feel free to type that in about any of the three themes that we've discussed today. And we'll address as many as we can. So, let's start with a question here from Maria. She wants to know who's responsible for the cost of removal when a shipping company receives a DG shipment and the end user does not want the shipment any longer?
Eric: I'm not sure I fully followed that question. Can you say that again, James?
James: Yes. Who's responsible for the cost of removal when a shipping company receives a DG shipment and the end user does not want the shipment any longer?
Eric: I think what they're saying is, if something gets shipped to a transportation firm that may or may not be allowed to be shipped to them waste is always responsibility of the waste producer, basically.
James: Okay. Great, yes, that makes sense. And if that doesn't answer the question, Marie, just feel free to type in something to clarify that a bit more. We can follow it up directly later on.
Alright, good. So, our next question comes from Gram. He wants to know if the software we reviewed offers any regulatory compliance information to the client such as transporter and TSTF permits, certification disposals, certification liability insurance, security requirements, etcetera.
Eric: Currently, the software does have some of that in there. If you're requesting like an audit package out to dispose a facility you're waste provider should have that available. I know we have waste audit packages for each one of our facilities. All you need to do is just reach out and we can provide you that waste audit package.
As far as like regulations you can enter pretty much whatever you want to into the ADVISE systems and let any registered user of ADVISE in your facility see what the regulations are, makes changes, track waste that way.
James: Great. And, here's one that just come in from Sarah. What are the disposal recycling options for [00:31:55] empty chemically contaminated sharps if any?
Eric: Chemically contaminated sharks fins. So, management of those we provide what's called the reuse bin. So the bin is provided, we can pick up the waste. Or if you have your own waste bins that you want to have recycled they can easily be decontaminated through the sterilization process once they are rendered non-infectious.
If it's a plastic container, it can be, or a plastic recycle or if it's another container it can be recycled at other options. But the overall thing is you just have to render that container as not infectious which is easily done through sterilization process.
James: Right. So it is possible. And I think that one of the misconceptions there is that it's not so that's really good to know.
Alright. Getting back to the waste minimization assessments, we got a question that asks, is there something that I can do on my own or is it necessary to call someone in like Triumvirate or another organization that does this?
Eric: So, you can do your own internal waste minimization assessment from the idea of tracking, how virgin product comes in facility, how it goes through whatever processes it goes through and then how it to be determined to be waste. You can do all of that. As for figuring out if something was recyclable or it could be reuse, it's a little more challenging to do that on your own. Whereas, you know, your waste caller might have, already have, set up different opportunities for that. And, it's kind of a plug and play so you provide the information and then we can kind of plug in ways in where I can go for you.
James: Okay. So, the follow up question is, what exactly are you looking for in the waste minimization assessment to determine viability?
Eric: Basically, what we're looking for, that's one of the reasons why we go through the entire journey of the material. So, say you're bringing an acetone, virgin acetone, you're using it in some solvent applications to remove, whatever you're trying to remove. And then, it comes out and it's corrected until the waste pocket. So, we're looking to see what exactly might be in that acetone. Is it something that is making another hazard class? Is it something that is relatively benign? It could be filtered out of the acetone? So, that's basically generically what we're looking for. We're trying to determine what the overall contaminants might be in this waste stream.
James: Okay. It looks that we have one more. How long do contracts generally last if someone decides to use an organization such as Triumvirate after an assessment? I guess that would vary.
Eric: Yes. So, it varies on legality issues. A typical contract that we see is using in a three to five year range. But there are other stipulations and formats for contracting that could be used.
James: And that it looks like, we're keeping this one short and sweet today. So we'll do a last call for questions if there are any others out there. Got one more here. So, we'll get that in another minute or two if any wants to get out any last questions. You spoke briefly about bio waste, as a recyclable option, you said, you will talk more about that. Could you just offer some clarifying points about what that process look?
Eric: Sure, yes, sorry about that. So, your bio waste, whether it be regulated medical waste, contaminated sharks, anything that you collect in a bio waste container. So, what we have developed is again a decontamination product, process where we render the material, not just the container, the actual material itself inside the container. We render it non-infectious to the sterilization process.
So, again, like I said, a lot of bio waste contains a lot of good, usable plastics to contain that material, whether it be tubing or containers or different plastics. So, by rendering everything non-infectious, you can then shred the material, segregate it out specific types of bio waste and then you can grind them down further. And that's the good news of a plastic from the bio waste, again, it's rendered non infectious, it's a completely sterile application. And then now it gets put into an [00:37:03] to make a plastic lumber.
James: Awesome. Let's finish with this one and then we'll get your final thoughts, Eric, on these topics. No, we get two more. Does Triumvirate own any of the final disposal facilities that are utilized?
Eric: In short, no. We are, we use multiple outlets for waste disposal. And that often gives us the upper leg because we have different options. Some facilities operate strictly incineration plans so they only offer one type of waste treatment or they may own landfill so they have that type of treatment to provide.
Triumvirate has multiple outlets for pretty much every waste stream out there. Actually, I'm [00:37:54]. The one exception is that we do own the bio treatments facility. That is Triumvirate's own facility back in Pennsylvania, next to Triumvirate technology that we develop for this as well. So, that's the only facility that we do own. Obviously we have multiple TSTF facilities where we bring waste and transfer waste to go out for different facilities and such.
James: And following up on that with the bio waste, this will be our last question. Does liability differ for bio waste? In other words, is the generator still liable if it's not disposed of correctly?
Eric: That's something I have to get back to you on. I'm not fully versed in all of the bio regulations and they may differ from state to state. That's something we can definitely look into and get back to you on.
James: Yes. It's definitely so we'll get back there to Nicole. Okay, good. So let's move on to that last slide. I think we'll start to wrap things up here. Eric, do you have any final thoughts or points?
Eric: I just want to reiterate the fact that again regulations seem strict and daunting and, oh, my God, that is big burden. But, if you read between the lines and find different ways to utilize the regulations, your advantage to storage you can reduce your disposal cost from to us coming to your facility as frequently, invoice charges, onsite time. So, basically, just use those regulations to your advantage.
James: Great. And at this time we want to thank everyone for attending. Some really good questions, thanks for participating today. As stated earlier you will get a copy of this presentation to look at later on at your own convenience, a recording of the presentation, the slide deck. Also we'll send you a short link to a survey. This will be included with the materials tomorrow. So take a minute to answer that and let us know what you thought of today's webinar.
Finally, we'll send an offer within the next few days to see, to talk about waste minimization and other ways to optimize your waste program. There is Eric's contact information, if you want to reach out to him directly. Otherwise, you can reach out to an account rep or follow up to any of my follow up emails.
So, I think at this point we'll close up. That concludes our webinar and we'll see you next time. Take care. Have a good one.