A special waste is any material that is not municipal solid waste (normal garbage or trash) and may require special handling due to its size, physical characteristics, source, packaging, regulatory classification, record-keeping needs, or any other trait which may potentially impact employees, equipment, or facilities.
Special Wastes are Not accepted at Transfers Stations. Most Special Wastes are Landfilled although some may be directed to one of our Waste-to-Energy plants.
Examples of Special Wastes needing Documentation and Authorization and Escort
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Acceptance Criteria The SWA considers the following issues in deciding whether or not to accept any special waste:
The regulatory status of the waste and/or related regulatory requirements
The type of hazards presented and the potential for worker exposure
The ability to safely manage the waste in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
The availability of other recycling or disposal options.
Analytical data may be required.
Disposal Costs The decision to accept a material for disposal, and the cost of disposal, is influenced by several additional factors, including the amount of time and the degree of effort the Authority requires to manage the waste and the potential for beneficial reuse within the SWA. The SWA may consider the following:
Physical form, characteristics, and volume
The disposal facility used
The equipment necessary to manage the waste
The potential impact on the environment
The recordkeeping burden
The ability of the SWA to use or process the waste
The frequency of generation
The availability of other disposal facilities or options
Examples of Special Wastes needing Authorization Form only