When it comes to picturesque, natural beauty, the aesthetic and aromatic composure of the North Sydney headland cannot be disputed. Follow your nose to the clean air and smart streets awaiting just across the bridge. Waste Management Services North Sydney follow a set of guidelines to protect the best interests of the local community.
Evaluate Community Waste
A waste is hazardous if:
- The waste is ignitable, corrosive, reactive, lethal and/or an oxidizer (read your safety data sheets and container labels carefully).
- The waste contains polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at a concentration of 50 parts per million (ppm) or more. Depending on the amount of hazardous waste generated, your business can fall into one of three categories:
- Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG)
220 pounds or less per month (about 1/2 drum liquid or less)
- Small Quantity Generator (SQG)
More than 220 pounds but less than 2200 pounds per month (about 1/2 to 4 drums liquid)
- Large Quantity Generator (LQG)
2200 pounds or more per month (about 4 drums liquid or more)
Store and Label Your Waste Properly
Hazardous waste must be stored in a sturdy, leak proof container that is kept closed when not adding or removing waste. Different kinds of waste may require different types of storage containers. The container must be labelled with the words “Hazardous Waste,” a clear description of the contents and the date waste is first placed in the container. Containers must be stored on an impermeable surface with enough aisle space to allow for weekly container inspections.
Additional requirements as per Waste Management Services North Sydney guidelines for outdoor storage include:
- Controlling access to the containers.
- Protecting the containers from the elements.
- Storing containers of liquid waste on a curbed and impermeable surface to contain accidental leaks.
Transport and Dispose of Your Waste Properly
Generators are responsible for their hazardous waste forever. To help ensure that hazardous waste is transported and disposed of properly, and to reduce your liability, choose a transporter that meets the following Waste Management Services North Sydney requirements:
- Has fulfilled specific training requirements.
- Maintains adequate liability insurance.
- Carries credentials in the vehicle.
- Transports the waste to a permitted hazardous waste facility.
Manifest Shipments of Hazardous Waste
A manifest is a specialized, multi-page shipping document that must (with a few exceptions) accompany off-site shipments of hazardous waste. It’s a “cradle to grave” record of what happens to your hazardous waste from the time it leaves your facility until it reaches a proper destination. Generators are responsible for preparing a manifest to accompany the waste when it leaves the site. Transporters may prepare the manifest as part of their service; however, the hazardous waste generator is responsible for the contents of the manifest.
Check the manifest carefully. Generators should contact Waste Management Services North Sydney if they have not received the final copy of their manifest to ensure that the waste was received and was properly treated and/or disposed.
Plan for Emergencies
Plan for emergencies in the following ways:
- Maintain spill and appropriate emergency response equipment in an accessible area.
- Train employees in the emergency response procedures that are appropriate for your site.
- SQGs and LQGs are subject to further requirements. Contact your hazardous waste regulator for further information.
Training all personnel who have any role in handling, storing or otherwise managing hazardous waste is a necessary step for ensuring compliance with hazardous waste rules. Personnel must be familiar with Waste Management Services North Sydney safety procedures and all aspects of compliance.
While some issues may be similar, hazardous waste training is not the same as employee right-to-know training.
Personnel training requirements vary with generator size. For example, SQGs and LQGs are required to document personnel training. Although VSQGs do not have training requirements under the hazardous waste rules, it is highly recommended that training be provided to ensure that the rules are followed.
Unless otherwise noted, the following records must be kept onsite at Waste Management Services North Sydney and available for inspection 24/7 :
- Manifests and recycling receipts.
- Weekly inspection logs.
- License applications and renewals.
- Analytical and other reports.
- Documentation of emergency notification of local authorities