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Key Items to Consider for Your Recycling & Disposal Transportation Plan
As you prepare your disposal or recycling plan for contaminated soils, dredged sediments, drill cuttings, or hazardous wastes, it is imperative that your transportation plan is tailored to meet your client’s expectations and the facility requirements. Taking the time to gather this information and align expectations with requirements will immensely increase the success of your project and greatly lessen the amount of roadblocks and delays.
Treatment, Storage, Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) are individually permitted to accept a certain amount of tonnage per day. As a customer you will want to take into consideration the facility’s permitted throughput vs. how many tons you will need to dispose of within your allotted timeframe. A facility should easily be able to tell you the amount of material they can handle from your site each day. As you consider through-put at the recycling facility, you will also need to know the number of turns per day the truck or mode of transportation selected is capable of handling in one full day. Once you have this information, build out your project timeline and be sure to confirm that it meets your client’s expected completion dates and backend requirements, also confirm the availability of transportation, and facility space.
Many times in our industry, we talk with customers that need their project on the fast track as soon as possible. If your project needs to run 24/7 here are some items to consider as you create your transportation plan:
- Is your selected disposal and recycling facility permitted to operate 24/7?
- Are there additional costs for a 24/7 project?
- Emergency contacts for off-hour operations.
- Requirements of the City, Municipality, or Borough – noise, wheel washers, tarps, etc.
Facility material handling limits are also something to take into consideration. How are you transporting your material to the facility? Are you transporting hazardous or non-hazardous material? Each facility has material handling limits. Types of material handling may include:
- Roll-off Containers
- Dump Trucks / Trailers
- Vacuum Trucks
- Van Trailers
Lastly it is important to review the permits of the haulers. Make sure that the haulers have all the required permits – such as, hazardous, Act 90 for PA, NY 364, etc.