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Identifying Your Non-Hazardous or Hazardous Soil Treatment Requirements Prior to Selecting a TSDF
Whether you are a developer, general contractor, consultant or other type of company managing the remediation of hazardous or non-hazardous soils on a project site, it is vital that the treatment, storage, and disposal of the contaminated material is handled properly in order to protect yourself, your client, and the environment. Hazardous or non-hazardous materials from a project site can be handled in many different ways, but does the TSDF handling your material really know your expectations and requirements? Whenever you need you can Contact Us for help, but here are some Q&A’s to get you started:
What type of disposal certificate will you receive from the TSDF? What type of certificate will you need? What type of certificate will your client require?
Certificates of Recycling, Disposal, and Destruction can be issued by a TSDF, however certificates issued are dependent upon how the material is being disposed of, the treatment method used, and the backend location assigned to receive the material. Therefore it is important to share your requirements upfront with the facility.
What types of hazardous and non-hazardous materials can the TSDF accept vs. the types of materials you have?
TSDFs are required to hold permits that identify the specific types of wastes that the facility can accept. Cross-reference these permits with the types of wastes you are looking to dispose of with the facility. Analysis of the contaminated materials will be required, and as a result will determine whether or not the contaminated materials can go into the TSDF.
Where will the treated material be shipped vs. generator preferences on backend outlets?
As the generator, or contractor to the generator, it is important to inform the TSDF if there are any preferences on the backend outlets before the project starts. This is crucial to identify at the beginning of the project due to transportation needs, scheduling, pricing, etc.
In addition to specifying your preference for a backend outlet, it is important to request permits and additional information for the backend. It is not uncommon for a customer to request a site visit to see the operations of the facility backend and become familiar with the processes. These types of requests are standard and your TSDF should be familiar with and quite comfortable in providing the information requested.
Do you need to keep your material separated from other materials at the treatment facility?
TSDF permits, load schedules, and available space are all key factors that will play a part in accommodating requests for material separation. Letting your TSDF know prior to the start of the job will allow sufficient time to develop a treatment plan customized to your needs.
Time and cost are also key factors that the buyer should consider for material separation requests. When processing material separately at a TSDF, the facility needs to go through specific steps, which include cleaning down the equipment prior to the material being processed, and allocating the defined separate space for the pre- and post- treated material.
All in all, a great way to mitigate these types of headaches is to work with a TSDF that can manage and understand your project's needs and expectations from beginning to end. An experienced TSDF will provide the tools and team for a seamless experience.