Waste Management Services - Treatment and Disposal |
Waste management services exist to assist certain companies with their problem of
industrial waste. Some industries generate more waste than others and those that generate a lot in the course of
their business usually find it more cost effective to have someone else deal with it on a contractual
This topic covers a broad spectrum. It is a term often used to
describe the management of domestic waste, usually collected, treated, processed, recycled, reused or disposed
of by a department of the local authority.
As we produce more and more waste, partly as a result of more and more packaging
being used for our everyday produce, our waste management services are becoming more sophisticated and better
able to deal with the problem.
In industry there is a growing need for waste management services, some
specialising in certain aspects of it and others attempting to be all things to all companies. Those who
specialise in certain areas tend to deliver a better service as they can fine tune their expertise into a
narrow and clearly defined area.
Industries such as the oil industry or chemical industry usually need waste
management services who can respond to a given situation 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Often their waste
management needs involve coping with an unexpected emergency, an oil or dangerous chemical spill, for
Waste management services trained and expert in dealing with the treatment and
disposal of hazardous waste is invaluable to these industries. They will most likely have licensed facilities
for the treatment and transfer of contaminated waste and the personnel trained and experienced to carry out the
The first line of defence against an emergency spill can be the use of skimming
equipment to try and recover the spill. Booms and dispersants as well as absorbents and may also be used. Waste
can be transferred from the site to a holding facility using appropriate waste transfer vehicles.
The industries that can suffer heavily by a serious waste problem rely heavily on
the expertise and experience of professional waste management services. Their emergency response teams can
contain, collect and treat hazardous waste in the fastest possible time, thereby rendering the situation as
safe as possible as quickly as possible.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Environment
Agency and the Health and Safety Executive all give useful guidance on the regulations governing the storage of
hazardous waste in the UK. All service providers have to operate under these regulations and each one should be
a registered waste carrier and usually also having a facility with an appropriate permit for accepting and
treating hazardous waste, as well as its possible disposal.
Waste management services provide an invaluable backup service to a variety of
industries that have come to depend on them for the necessary support and assistance they need when it comes to
collecting, recovering, treating, recycling, reusing and disposing of waste. Waste has paradoxically become big
business for the companies who have chosen to specialise in it.
C. J. Rose writes on the subject of waste management treatment technologies
and offshore environmental safety for
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management, NORM management.