Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of our most common questions.

What types of waste transportation does AllSource offer?
Roll-Off Containers (Dumpsters)
  • Description: Large open-top containers are typically used for construction and demolition waste, bulky items, and large quantities of waste.
  • Usage: Ideal for construction sites, large-scale cleanouts, and industrial applications.
Vacuum Trucks
  • Description: Trucks equipped with powerful vacuum systems.
  • Usage: Used for transporting liquid waste, sludge, and other wet waste types, often from industrial processes, septic systems, or hazardous waste sites.
Box Trucks and Cargo Vans
  • Description: Enclosed vehicles for secure and weather-protected transportation.
  • Usage: Suitable for smaller quantities of waste, confidential documents for shredding, and special waste that requires secure handling.
Tanker Trucks
  • Description: Trucks with large cylindrical vessels.
  • Usage: Primarily used for transporting liquid or semi-liquid hazardous waste such as chemicals, waste oil, and other fluid waste.
Flatbed Trucks
  • Description: Trucks with a flat, open bed.
  • Usage: Used for transporting large, awkwardly shaped items that do not fit in standard containers, such as large pieces of equipment or construction debris.
Compactor Trucks
  • Description: Trucks equipped with compacting mechanisms to reduce the volume of waste.
  • Usage: Commonly used for municipal solid waste collection to optimize space and transport efficiency.
Containment Trailers
  • Description: Fully enclosed trailers used for transporting waste.
  • Usage: Suitable for large quantities of waste that need to be secured and protected from exposure to the environment.
Satellite Collection Vehicles
  • Description: Smaller, more nimble vehicles are used to collect waste from areas with limited access.
  • Usage: Ideal for densely populated urban areas or places with tight spaces where larger trucks cannot easily operate.
On-Demand Pickup Services
  • Description: Flexible transportation services tailored to specific customer needs and schedules.
  • Usage: For businesses and individuals who generate waste irregularly or need specialized waste collection.
Intermodal Transport
  • Description: Use of multiple modes of transportation (e.g., truck, train, ship) for long-distance or international waste transport.
  • Usage: Efficient for transporting waste over long distances, especially when combining different transportation methods to reduce costs and environmental impact.
Specialty Vehicles for Hazardous Waste
  • Description: Vehicles specifically designed and equipped to handle hazardous waste safely.
  • Usage: For transporting hazardous materials such as biohazardous, radioactive, or chemical waste, ensuring compliance with all safety regulations.
  • Phone: Call the AllSource Environmental’s customer service hotline. This method often allows for immediate assistance and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
  • Email: Send an email detailing your pickup request. This is useful if you prefer written communication or need to provide detailed information.

We can assist with services nationwide!

We offer a variety of industrial recycling services. Please see a full list of our recycling services here: AllSource Waste Management Services.

An AllSource Environmental representative can easily assist with identifying unknown wastes.  Our step-by-step process for identifying unknown wastes is as follows:

1. Initial Assessment
  • Visual Inspection: Observe the waste’s physical appearance. Note its color, texture, form (solid, liquid, gas), and any visible contaminants.
  • Odor: Carefully note any smells. Some odors can provide clues about the waste’s origins or contents but always proceed with caution to avoid inhaling harmful fumes.
2. Documentation Review
  • Labels and Markings: Check for any labels, markings, or tags on containers that might provide information about the contents.
  • Records: Review shipping documents, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), or any other documentation that might be associated with the waste.
3. Gather Information
  • Source Inquiry: Ask those who generated or have been in contact with the waste for any knowledge or records they might have.
  • Process Overview: Understand the processes or activities that produced the waste. This insight can often provide context and narrow down possibilities.
4. Sampling and Laboratory Analysis
  • Sample Collection: Collect a representative sample of the waste in accordance with safety protocols and regulations.
  • Lab Testing: Send the sample to a certified laboratory for analysis. Common tests include:
    • Chemical Composition: To identify chemical constituents.
    • Physical Properties: Such as pH, solubility, and flammability.
    • Toxicity Analysis: To determine if the waste poses any health risks.
    • Hazardous Characteristics: Such as ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity.
5. Use Detection Equipment
  • Field Test Kits: Use portable field test kits for preliminary identification of certain waste types. These kits can test for factors such as pH, heavy metals, and other specific contaminants.
6. Regulatory Guidance
  • Regulations and Databases: Refer to local, state, and federal regulations regarding waste identification and classification. Use regulatory databases and guidelines for reference.
7. Categorization and Labeling
  • Classification: Once identified, classify the waste according to regulatory guidelines (e.g., hazardous, non-hazardous, biomedical waste).
  • Proper Labeling: Ensure the waste is properly labeled with identification information, including chemical names, hazardous properties, and safety warnings.
Why should I be concerned about automotive waste?

The increasing number of vehicles on the roads today is leading to a surge in automotive waste. A significant portion of the generated automotive waste doesn’t undergo recycling. Rather, it’s often improperly discarded through methods such as pouring it down the drain or other unlawful disposal practices.

What is an industrial solvent?

Industrial solvents are versatile chemicals used in a wide range of applications to extract solids, grease, and other substances from materials. Primarily liquid, they find extensive use in both industrial and medical fields.

Industrial solvents are chemically inert, meaning they maintain their properties, such as stability and odorlessness, without reacting with other chemicals under normal conditions. They are cost-effective, offer a long working time, and are easy to use for cleaning machinery and equipment.

Is chemical waste always considered hazardous?

While chemical waste often contains harmful substances, not all harmful chemicals are automatically classified as hazardous. To be considered hazardous, waste must demonstrate specific traits such as ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity, as defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Chemical waste disposal treatment can be conducted through four main processes: biological, chemical, physical, or thermal. Chemical treatment methods include ion exchange, precipitation, oxidation and reduction, and neutralization. Among these, incineration is the most commonly utilized form of thermal treatment.

Lab packing refers to the process of safely packing chemicals into a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved container for transport to a certified waste disposal facility. Due to the potentially hazardous nature of these substances and the increased risk when mixed with other chemicals, only experts in lab packing must handle these procedures.

Chemicals are eligible for lab pack disposal if they’re within six months of their labeled expiration date, or have been stored for over five years regardless of the expiration date. If storage conditions have been compromised, such as exposure to improper temperatures or poor sealing, or if the chemical is unused, unneeded, or poses a significant hazard risk, it also qualifies for disposal.

Chemical waste treatment includes one of four methods: biological, chemical, physical, or thermal. Within the chemical process, it includes ion exchange, precipitation, oxidation and reduction, and neutralization. Notably, incineration is the main form of thermal treatment.

What is construction waste?

Construction waste refers to materials produced during construction, renovation, or demolition activities. This encompasses demolition debris, concrete, bricks, wood, metal, glass, plastic, and other materials. Construction waste constitutes a notable portion of landfill waste and can exert a substantial environmental impact.

Effective waste management in construction is crucial as it reduces the strain on landfill sites, which are in short supply. Improper handling of demolition and construction waste can lead to soil and water pollution from hazardous substances. Construction firms must handle their waste responsibly to preserve natural resources and mitigate environmental harm.

What should I do before recycling my old electronics?

Before recycling your old electronics, it’s important to remove any personal data from the devices. You should also check with the recycling center or program for any specific instructions on how to prepare your devices for recycling.

Proper disposal of e-waste is crucial to prevent environmental pollution and health hazards. E-waste contains toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can contaminate soil, water, and air if not handled correctly.

What are the regulations for industrial waste disposal and recycling?

Regulations for industrial waste disposal and recycling vary by location. It is important for businesses to familiarize themselves with local, state, and federal regulations governing the management of industrial waste. Compliance with these regulations helps avoid fines and penalties.

Proper disposal of industrial waste is crucial to protect the environment and human health. Industrial waste can contain hazardous substances that can pollute soil, water, and air if not managed properly. Recycling industrial waste also helps conserve natural resources and reduce the strain on landfill space.

Under RCRA Subtitle C, hazardous industrial waste is defined as waste that is not included under RCRA Subtitle D which refers to non-hazardous solid waste. This classification covers a variety of substances including but not limited to sewage, radioactive waste, shredded circuit boards, and spent sulfuric acid.

  • If not managed correctly, industrial waste, which includes toxic or hazardous materials, can present serious risks, potentially endangering humans, wildlife, and the environment. Mismanagement can result in the pollution of freshwater sources, impacting both wildlife and agricultural practices.
  • Factories, hospitals, and manufacturing plants often generate toxic waste as a byproduct of their operations. The regulations for handling and disposal of these wastes differ from state to state.
What are the risks of improper lab waste disposal?

Improper disposal of lab waste can lead to environmental contamination, health risks for lab personnel, and regulatory non-compliance.

Biological waste should be treated according to the lab’s biosafety protocols and local regulations. This often involves autoclaving before disposal.

What should I do if a light bulb breaks?

If a fluorescent bulb breaks, follow EPA guidelines for cleaning up and disposing of the broken bulb, as it contains mercury vapor. For other types of bulbs, handle broken pieces carefully and dispose of them in accordance with local regulations.

Recycling plays a crucial role in preventing the release of hazardous materials into the environment. For instance, mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal found in fluorescent light bulbs, is used to enhance energy efficiency. Additionally, certain HID bulbs may contain radioactive substances like Krypton-85 and thorium, utilized for rapid light ignition. In contrast, LEDs do not contain mercury, but they do contain nickel, lead, and trace amounts of arsenic. When light bulbs are improperly disposed of in dumpsters, trash cans, compactors, landfills, or incinerators, they are prone to breakage, leading to the release of hazardous materials into the environment. This poses significant public and environmental health risks. Recycling helps mitigate these dangers by safely managing the disposal of such materials.

How is liquid waste typically disposed of?

Liquid waste is often treated to remove contaminants before disposal. Methods include biological treatment, chemical treatment, and physical processes like filtration and sedimentation.

Proper liquid waste management helps protect the environment, conserves water resources, and reduces the risk of waterborne diseases. It also helps businesses comply with regulations and avoid penalties.

Are there specific requirements for storing non-hazardous regulated materials prior to disposal?

Yes, there may be specific requirements for storing non-hazardous regulated materials, such as using labeled containers, segregating materials based on compatibility, and ensuring proper ventilation. It’s important to follow these requirements to prevent accidents and ensure safe disposal.

Some non-hazardous regulated materials, such as certain organic waste from food or agricultural activities, can be composted. Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic materials into nutrient-rich soil amendments.

How should recyclable materials be prepared for transportation?

Recyclables should be clean, dry, and sorted according to local recycling guidelines. Remove any contaminants or non-recyclable materials.

Recycling can be cost-effective, especially when considering the long-term environmental and economic benefits of resource conservation and reduced landfill usage.

What are the consequences of improper disposal of used oil?

Improper disposal of used oil can lead to contamination of soil and water sources, posing risks to human health and the environment. It can also result in fines or legal action.

Reusing used oil for other purposes, such as lubricating machinery, should be done with caution and only if the oil has been properly filtered and tested for contaminants.