Waste and Materials Management
The way the world views waste is evolving, and new technologies, policies, and trends emerge every day with regard to how we properly dispose of waste, minimize waste generation, and manage raw materials and byproducts all along the supply chain. Antea®Group seeks to create specialized waste solutions for each client, helping create a unique plan that will meet your needs, and the needs of the planet.
Our experts have worked with landfills, incinerators, solvent recovery sites, electronics recycling, packaging waste, and more. Our capabilities extend beyond addressing waste disposal requirements. We understand the need to minimize waste generation and promote recycling and reuse.
Antea Group’s professionals have applied their experience and combined expertise to help create a private, technical consortium of industry peers across the healthcare industry and recycling and waste management industries called Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). The HPRC seeks to improve the recyclability of plastic products and packaging within the healthcare industry.
Our professionals also participate in technical groups and initiatives that seek to minimize the environmental impacts of waste disposal. One example of such is the Circular Economy movement. We offer a deep understanding of risk, regulations, and know that there is no “one size fits all” approach to waste management. Our analysis of the waste handling hierarchy includes applying innovative tools for estimating sustainability costs and benefits against traditional waste disposal methods.
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Requirements
With the ever-growing concern worldwide about the increasing number of industrial accidents that are impacting entire communities, there have been expressions of concern about the protection of people and the environment from these disastrous events. Formerly rural manufacturing and industrial processing operations are now being encroached upon by suburban communities and engulfed by cities as a result of population increase and urban sprawl all across the U.S. landscape.
In the U.S. today, under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) there are requirements for emergency planning and preparedness as well as two primary reports, most commonly referred to as the Tier II report and the Toxic Release Inventory report, that fulfill the “community right-to-know” requirements of EPCRA. These regulations require that manufacturing, industrial, and commercial operations communicate to emergency responders and the community at large, the types of hazardous materials they may house within the walls of their facilities; that emergency responders are prepared to protect them against such hazards; and the types and quantities of toxic chemicals that are released to the environment from their operations.
Antea Group has dedicated professionals to assist our clients in the preparation of emergency response planning, the evaluation of applicability, report preparation, and the filing of these reports to the appropriate authorities, agencies, and emergency responders.
Waste and Materials Management Services
Training of Personnel in Identification, Handling, Shipping, and Waste Generator Requirements:
- Awareness Training
- RCRA hazardous waste handling
- Instructions on handling universal waste (light bulbs/tubes, lighting ballasts, batteries)
- Packing and shipping waste materials
Waste Management and Disposal Consulting:
- Analysis using waste handling hierarchy, including source reduction, waste minimization, and varied recycling strategies and technologies
- Assessments of waste generating processes
- Solid waste testing and classification
- Solid and hazardous waste properties, suitability for recycling and reuse (electronic waste, used oil, batteries, paper, metal)
- Design and operation of solid and hazardous waste accumulation and waste storage areas
- Materials compatibility analysis
Solid Waste Management Program Optimization:
- Improve efficiency and maximize value in recycling and disposal programs
- Negotiate or re-negotiate service and market contracts
- Leverage coordinated solid waste and recycling programs
- Develop technology solutions to streamline record keeping and improving accuracy and data management
- Prepare processes to select disposal and recycling facilities: ensuring facilities meet requirements for the wastes being sent, minimize future liability risk, and perform independent third-party audits of disposal and waste treatment facilities
- Performance of waste program compliance auditing (cradle) and waste vendor auditing (grave)
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Reporting:
- Review inventory, purchasing, and emissions records to determine the applicability of Tier II and/or Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting per local, state, and federal requirements
- Perform calculations to determine the number of hazardous materials onsite for Tier II reporting and for the determination of the quantities of toxic chemicals manufactured, processed, or otherwise used that are released to the environment for the TRI report
- Document evaluations of Tier II and TRI applicability determinations to support clients during regulatory inspections.
- Filing of Tier II and TRI reports
- Preparation of Emergency Response Plans and implementation assistance. I.e., Hazardous Waste Contingency Plans, DOT HAZMAT Security Plans
Management of Construction and Demolition Waste:
- Waste characterization including asbestos and lead paint analyses
- Coordination of waste transportation, recycling, and disposal
- Industrial cleaning oversight and associated waste disposal
- Special waste handling consultation and oversight