What’s So Special about Special Waste?

Advanced_Disposal_Stones_Throw_LandfillWhy is some waste referred to as “special?” Well, special waste was deemed such back in 1978 under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a deferral of hazardous waste requirements for six categories of waste, which they called “special wastes,” and included:

1)      Cement kiln dust
2)     Mining waste
3)     Oil and gas drilling muds and oil production brines
4)     Phosphate rock mining, benefaction and processing waste
5)     Uranium waste
6)     Utility waste (i.e. fossil fuel combustion waste)

Read more about each type of special waste and its regulatory timeline here.

In 1980, Congress enacted the Bentsen and Bevill Amendments exempting special wastes from regulation under Subtitle C of RCRA. EPA then submitted follow up assessments for each waste type to Congress along with a final regulatory determination whether the waste warranted regulation as a hazardous waste.

It’s important for a waste disposal provider to understand the unique challenges a business faces when it comes to properly discarding specialized waste in a manner that’s both environmentally and economically responsible. For customers who generate specialized waste, requiring waste profiling, customized handling, heightened safety measures or unique disposal practices, Advanced Disposal has dedicated Special Waste Experts who have the capability and experience to help you handle it – and then some.

If you are working on a project where you need assistance with understanding the type of special waste or testing required, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Landfill Special Waste Analytical Testing Tables can be found in our Resources Section and provide basic parameters for analytical testing of various special wastes that we accept at our landfills. These are basic parameters, and the best practice is to always consult with a special waste expert before you contract for any testing. To contact a Special Waste Expert, please click the link below.

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