August 23

Facility Maintenance Products: Hazardous Waste

Facility cleaning crews use a plethora of cleaning supplies to maintain a clean and healthy environment in their facilities. Many of these cleaning products, once they are used up, have containers that contain hazardous materials. Disposing of hazardous materials isn’t as simple as throwing them in a trash can. There are many rules and regulations governed by many associations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Breaking the compliance laws enacted and enforced by the EPA by mishandling the disposal of hazardous waste can land a facility cleaning business with hefty fines. The requirement of how and where these items may be disposed of depends on the item and what may be contained within it.

Some of the items used in facility cleaning activities that are considered hazardous waste include:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Chemical cleaners
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Paint thinner
  • Oil-based paints/stains/varnishes
  • Anti-freeze

Proper disposal of these various hazardous waste products is required by law. If the facility cleaning business were ever to be audited and found to be irresponsibly discarding hazardous waste, not only would they be sanctioned and given large fines, but the negative PR can tarnish their reputation and result in a loss of current and new business.

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