technical-waste

Safely managing the many chemicals found in facilities like academic and pharmaceutical labs, hospitals and R&D operations requires advanced technical skills and experience. Maintaining compliance and avoiding costly penalties and damaging regulatory violations requires consistent, comprehensive on-site service, regulatory and auditing support, employee training, and program oversight. For customers in need of specialized technical knowledge, Stericycle Environmental Solutions efficiently manages all technical needs with professional service and sustainable practices. A technical staff provides inspection services as well as expertise in lab packing and waste collection, consolidation, transportation and disposal.

The Technical Waste Services team includes project managers, chemists, and technicians who have supported customers of all sizes throughout the U.S. A flexible scheduling process supports reoccurring work and projects on a full or part-time basis. Through an audited disposal network, hazardous, non-hazardous, and universal waste is managed with an emphasis upon:

  • Improved sustainability
  • Maintenance of destruction preferences and
  • Visibility from the lab through final disposal

The Technical Services team has provided customized solutions to customers in a wide variety of industries, including: pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, academic, healthcare and manufacturing.

 

Lab Pack & Packaging

All labs, regardless of size, must manage chemicals with a focus on safety and compliance. This requires an effective system to manage inventory, onsite collection, segregation and packing, chemical consolidation based on compatibility, handling of reactives, cylinder management and transportation. The objective is to remove and safely manage outdated, contaminated, leaking, or unidentified chemicals in order to increase usable space, protect people and maintain compliance.

From facilities across the U.S., Stericycle Environmental Solutions’ lab pack service delivers fast, professional and compliant solutions to handle any quantity of chemicals while fully complying with all federal, state and local regulations. Supported by a fleet of specialized trucks, professional lab pack services are designed to provide any lab with extensive regulatory knowledge, professional chemical expertise and close attention to detail.

Lab packing services are designed to remove non-hazardous and hazardous chemicals including:

  • Acids, bases, and reagents
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning and disinfecting agents
  • Inks, dyes, paints, paint thinners, and varnish strippers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Unidentified or unsafe chemicals in your facility

Our technicians properly classify waste in accordance with US Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Our technicians begin by conducting a chemical inventory. They then safely repackage compatible chemicals from smaller containers into larger DOT-approved shipping containers. Finally, all containers are labeled, shipping manifests are completed and the potentially hazardous chemicals are safely removed.

 

Lab Moves & Decontamination

The challenge of moving a laboratory to a new location brings with it a host of challenges, not least of which are managing potential risks to health, safety and the environment.

In addition to lab pack services, Stericycle offers customers the expertise and infrastructure to successfully execute laboratory relocation and decontamination projects. Technicians decontaminate existing laboratory equipment, package designated chemical inventories, decontaminate vacated laboratory spaces and properly dispose of unwanted chemicals and any hazardous waste generated during the project. The delivery of professional expertise and service throughout the complicated process of moving or decontaminating a lab helps customers to minimize their risk at every step.

 

Laboratory Auditing and Site Assessment

Regular audits are one of the most effective ways for a laboratory to avoid costly violations and fines for improper waste handling and management. A thorough audit, however, requires extensive experience and regulatory expertise.

Stericycle Environmental Solutions technicians support all audit and inspection needs for customers, from flexible on-site scheduling to recurring service calls. Technicians are trained to inspect waste generating, treatment, and storage areas in accordance with regulatory permits. Inspected locations may include temporary accumulation spaces, research labs, or 90-day storage areas. All inspections are documented on client-provided forms or via our proprietary electronic platforms.

 

Waste Handling & Collection

In addition to posing a safety risk, hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals and wastes are under an increasing amount of scrutiny from regulators at every level, making their management and disposal even more complex and urgent. From a research lab to a hospital facility, any waste-producing location faces harsh penalties for noncompliance with local, state and federal regulations. Stericycle Environmental Solutions’ unrivaled technical expertise helps customers limit and avoid violations and penalties by compliantly assessing, categorizing, segregating, transporting and disposing of all waste types. A nationwide network of knowledgeable service representatives, local transportation hubs, and Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) can meet any customer’s environmental service needs while a fleet of specially-equipped vehicles can transport any quantity and type of hazardous or non-hazardous waste for disposal.

Proper characterization is vital to the successful management of any waste, but it is a particularly important aspect of managing hazardous chemicals. Stericycle’s waste characterization expertise helps minimize the risk of violations and penalties by properly identifying EPA hazardous and non-hazardous material—including byproducts, chemicals, solvents, R&D wastes, waste water and excess inventory.

The process begins with an initial waste characterization to determine the appropriate designation for all wastes, including a review of substances identified by:

  • EPA (40 CFR §262.11 and 261.3)
  • DOT (49 CFR § 173)
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • State regulations

To protect employees, reputations and local communities, periodic re-characterization of waste is required, and frequent audits of all Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) are conducted. Characterization results in a waste profile, which is a description of the chemical constituents and generating process for all hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Finally, based on the characterization and profile, technicians place all waste into fully EPA and DOT-compliant packaging, print signature-ready waste manifests and coordinate all waste transportation logistics.

 

Pharmaceutical & DEA Controlled Substances

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) monitors waste generators closely to prevent the diversion of potentially dangerous or illegal substances, delivering harsh penalties to any facility that improperly manages expired pharmaceuticals or controlled substances. Stericycle Environmental Solutions’ Technical Services provide robust DEA waste management solutions to help our customers avoid and minimize these costly violations.

DEA and pharmaceutical waste technical services include regular consultations, employee compliance monitoring, and delivery of appropriate waste management supplies, as well as separation and segregation of waste for transportation. Most importantly, this process delivers the detailed documentation and recordkeeping necessary to satisfy DEA requirements. A proprietary web-based reporting tool and technicians’ electronic scales, mobile printers and laptops ensure that every step of the process is thoroughly documented and recorded for regulatory agencies, from waste identification to final disposal. This expertly managed process helps customers avoid or minimize regulatory penalties while protecting their brands and consumers at the same time.

STERICYCLE STATS

185k

Service Stops

Annually

475

Technicians

Nationwide

>40k

Locations

Served

~1 Billion

Pounds of Waste

Removed Annually

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