The waste management field can take years to truly understand. To give you a leg up on the vetting process, we’ve gathered up a few things to consider that any hazardous waste management firm should be able to answer. By comparing answers to these questions, you can find the best disposal firm for your needs.
1. Permits, Insurance & Training
Hazardous waste disposal and management can sometimes be riddled with risks and uncertainty. Oftentimes, companies are held liable for any worker safety violations that result in a lawsuit. If your waste disposal contractor lacks the proper liability related paperwork and training, your company could be forced to pay legal fees and settlements if a worker gets hurt on the job. Protect your company by asking waste management companies about their liability coverage and employee safety training programs.
Here at WasteXpress, we have industry-leading education policies in place to protect our clients. All of our project managers, subcontractors, and environmental technicians have taken OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER training. Our on-call project managers and environmental techs also have commercial driver’s licenses, which require rigorous Department of Transportation (DOT) background and security checks. We have comprehensive liability and insurance coverage as well as an audit program to ensure our disposal facility partners are operating properly.
2. Expertise & Specializations
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires disposal management companies to adhere to complex rules. Each hazardous chemical has its own handling requirements with state and local laws often dictating their own handling and disposal procedures. If your disposal contractor doesn’t know how to properly dispose of your company’s hazardous waste, you could be forced to pay large fines from local, state, and federal government agencies.
The toxic waste being disposed of is also a threat in and of itself. Without carrying out the correct precautions or using proper hazardous waste removal equipment, your business can easily be subjected to a fast-spreading fire or a deadly chemical exposure requiring evacuation.
3. Cut Costs & Save Money
Working with a hazardous waste disposal company should be able to save you between 10-20% in waste disposal costs over in-house waste management. As you vet potential partners, don’t be shy about asking for specific cost figures. Reducing clients’ costs is one of WasteXpress’ key company missions. We have the experience and innovation to make your waste disposal more affordable, so that you have more capital to devote to the heart of your business.
Outsource Your Waste Disposal with WasteXpress
WasteXpress has been helping Oregon and Washington businesses dispose of hazardous, non-hazardous, electronic, corrosive, toxic, chemical, and pharmaceutical waste, while saving them money in the process since 1989. From local businesses to Fortune 500 companies across all industries, We’ve disposed of more than 30 million pounds of waste materials and completed over 20,000 waste management projects in the Pacific Northwest. In 2011 alone, we disposed of more than 8 million pounds of waste materials.
We are insured, bonded, and licensed through the Oregon DEQ, EPA, and US Department of Transportation to convey hazardous waste via our company fleet. We are RCRA, CERCLA, EPA, OSHA, DOT, and COVID-19 Compliant.