Environmental Services Best Practices

How can we protect ourselves from environmental companies that do not handle our waste properly?
It’s extremely important for all waste generators to be sure their waste is handled properly and in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations. Be sure to check the longevity and amount of liability insurance coverage for the waste management company you are considering. You can request their trucking history and inspection record from the California Highway Patrol. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will also have an inspection record for their facility. Additionally, we recommend contacting their customers—a satisfied customer is often the best way to gauge the caliber of services.

What’s the best way to handle the disposal of a hazardous waste product?
The best way to handle the disposal of a hazardous waste product is to first identify it. Every type of hazardous waste material is different. Depending upon the types and concentration of chemicals involved, World Oil Environmental Services will help obtain SDS sheets, chemical analysis, or a sample of the material for analysis to determine the best method of disposal. It’s important to investigate the different means available to dispose of waste material. We work with several different types of disposal facilities to ensure we’re handling your waste material properly.

Should all waste material be recycled?
Not all waste can be recycled; there are different treatment technologies for different types of wastes. It’s always important to know your options. Direct landfill is generally the least expensive means of disposal, but this option is limited to the less dangerous types of waste materials. In addition, landfill disposal does not alleviate future liability, which may not be acceptable to your company. Incineration may be used as an option for disposal and at times required for certain waste. Reuse, recycling, or reclaiming of the material will alleviate your company’s future liability, since the waste material is either changed into a new product or eliminated. These options are more widely used than any other type of disposal/recycling method, but are more costly. World Oil Environmental Services can help you explore your options, to help you make an informed decision.

Who is responsible for making sure all the paperwork is completed properly and legally?
Regulations require that the generator of the waste material is responsible for making sure all paperwork for the shipment is correct. World Oil Environmental Services’ customer service department will coordinate with the generator to obtain the paperwork required to ship your waste material, including manifests, profiles, land disposal restriction forms, bill of lading and all required attachments. World Oil Environmental Services’ project managers and drivers will review the forms with you onsite if you have any questions. However, you must verify and sign the paperwork, as you are held responsible by law for ensuring the information is correct.

If an accident occurs in a transport truck either on the way from our facility or to the disposal site, who is responsible?
According to the EPA’s “Cradle to Grave” law for hazardous waste, the generator is always liable for the waste material, unless the material is recycled, reused or reclaimed. For this reason, it is imperative that your hazardous waste handling company operates legally and responsibly. If one of our transport vehicles experiences an incident during a shipment of your waste material, World Oil Environmental Services will oversee the prompt and proper cleanup of any spills, and the repackaging and transporting of the waste to the proper disposal or treatment facility, 24/7-365 days/year. You will be informed about the incident and its status as World Oil Environmental Services oversees the clean-up activities.

We maintain stringent Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) policies at all of our facilities. All employees and contractors must follow these policies and take any precautions necessary to protect both themselves and their colleagues. Safety is our top priority.

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us.