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Hazardous Waste Disposal Options for Workplaces

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DOES YOUR BUSINESS GENERATE OR
STORE HAZARDOUS WASTE?

THE VERY SMALL QUANTITY GENERATOR
HAZARDOUS WASTE PROGRAM CAN HELP YOU!

The Boone County Landfill has partnered with Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines to provide an extensive program for hazardous waste. Metro Waste Authority  operates a Regional Collection Center (RCC) in Bondurant, Iowa.

The Boone County Landfill can help make your business safer and more cost-effective. The new Business Program offers help in the proper identification, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials. This can reduce your liability and potential danger to your customers and employees. Most businesses see a 40 percent savings in hazardous waste management costs! Businesses in the Boone County Landfill’s service area that produce 220 pounds(about 25 gallons) of hazardous waste or less per month are eligible.

Under federal regulations, these businesses and workplaces are termed Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG).

Accepted materials:
Aerosol cans, acids/bases, rechargeable batteries, corrosive cleaners, fertilizers, floor care products, fluorescent tubes, gasoline and kerosene, oil based paints and stains, oven cleaner, paint thinner and remover, petroleum based adhesives, pesticides, poison, pool chemicals, roofing tar, rust removers, and other hazardous materials.

Nonaccepted materials:
Ammunition/explosives, asbestos, radioactive materials, fire extinguishes, non-hazardous waste, empty containers, propane tanks, and scrap tires.

What are the characteristics of a hazardous waste?

There are four characteristics that help identify hazardous waste:

1. Ignitability - If it catches fire under certain conditions. Examples are paints and certain degreasers and solvents.

2. Corrosivity - If the waste corrodes metals or has a very high or low pH it is hazardous. Examples are rust removers, acid or alkaline cleaning fluids, and battery acid.

3. Reactivity - It is unstable and explodes or produces toxic fumes, gases, and vapors when mixed with water or under other conditions such as heat or pressure.

4. Toxicity - If it is harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed, or it leaches toxic chemicals into the soil or ground water when disposed of on land, it is toxic. Examples are wastes that contain high concentrations of heavy metals, such as chromium, lead, or mercury.

THE BOONE COUNTY LANDFILL HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT
PROGRAM FOR BUSINESSES IS YOUR COMPANY’S RESOURCE FOR
PROPER DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE.

Satellite Facility: The Boone County Landfill operates a satellite collection center for household hazardous waste. This facility is also available to be used by workplaces that qualify as Very Small Quantity Generators of Hazardous Waste (VSQG) on a fee-based system. Prior delivery and payment arrangements are required and appointments are mandatory. For more information please call the landfill at 515.433.0591

Regional Collection Center: The RCC in Bondurant is also open to the VSQG. For more information please call the RCC at 1.888.603.CREW (2739).

What happens to the hazardous waste collected? The waste collected through the
above programs is either reused, recycled, or disposed of at out-of-state facilities specifically designed to handle hazardous waste.

Questions? Phone: 515.433.0591 Email: info@boonelandfill.org

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