Our client had a problem.
They were in possession of almost 500 barrels of condensate and needed to dispose of it quickly and safely.
The issue was that, above a certain percentage, condensate is considered to be a hazardous waste material. Once a material is classified as hazardous waste, there are numerous rules and regulations that must be followed concerting it’s disposal.
And these rules and regulations carry an additional expense.
In this case, our client was prepared to pay to guarantee that the material was disposed of properly and take the necessary time to ensure that the project was completed successfully.
At Hillstone Environmental, we pride ourselves and being able to produce positive solutions for our clients, so weren’t content with a “good enough” solution. Although the client believed they had exhausted every avenue for the disposal of their hazardous waste, we came up with an environmentally sound alternative that also helped to save the client a great deal of money.
Disposal of hazardous waste requirements
First, it’s important to look at the distinction between material that is classified as not usable and material that is marked as being Characteristic Waste.
If the client were to move forward with disposing the off spec oil as hazardous waste, they would have been subject to a long and involved process filled with mountains of paperwork to make sure the waste was disposed of properly. To start, they would have been required to register their entire work site with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The next step in the process would be to determine exactly which category of hazardous waste they would be identified as and then sign up their employees for all the required safety and procedural training. On top of all this, the client would have to come out of pocket to have the waste transported and disposed while also paying all the fees that come with EPA compliance.
Based on the amount of material in this case, our client would have paid more than $13,350 for both the disposal and transportation of the waste. As stated, they were fully prepared to pay this amount, but luckily our technical consultants found a solution that resulted in them getting paid for the material instead.
The Hillstone Environmental solution
Our Technical Consultants started by testing the off spec oil to determine if it really was hazardous waste material or if it could be recycled through other means. Once we had the results from these tests, we were able to accurately characterize the material and find an available company who wanted to purchase and repurpose the material for the creation of animal feedstock.
In the end, because of this new solution, our client received a check for $15,000 in exchange for selling the material. They also didn’t have a pay anything for hazardous waste disposal. Needless to say the client was thrilled by this turn of events. When you add in the man hours that would have been required to deal with all the hazardous waste paperwork, it’s easy to see how beneficial this solution was for them. It truly was a win-win. A chance to help out our client while also protecting the environment.