When it comes to transporting the waste of any kind, certain procedures need to be followed. Waste can be non-hazardous or hazardous.  

What is the difference between non-hazardous waste and hazardous waste?

There is a difference between non-hazardous waste and hazardous waste and the difference is quite substantial. The words non-hazardous might sound like it poses no threat to the environment, but couldn't be further from the truth. This type of waste can cause significant environmental damage.

Non-hazardous Waste

Non-hazardous waste is classified as industrial waste that can't be added to normal waste or sewerage lines. Being able to identify non-hazardous waste is an important aspect of every business. This is where you need a waste disposal management partner such as SA Zero Waste to be able to identify waste correctly.

Some of the examples that might be harmful to the environment are:

  • Ash
  • Sludge's
  • Antifreeze
  • Grinding dust
  • Liquids contaminated with non-hazardous chemicals


Hazardous Waste 

Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of harming human health or the environment. Hazardous wastes are classified based on their biological, chemical, and physical properties. These properties generate materials that are either toxic, reactive, ignitable, corrosive, infectious or radioactive.

Many hazardous wastes can be recycled safely and effectively, while other wastes will be treated and disposed of in landfills or incinerators. Recycling hazardous waste has a variety of benefits including reducing the consumption of raw materials and the volume of waste materials that must be treated and disposed of. However, improper storage of those materials might cause spills, leaks, fires, and contamination of soil and drinking water.

When categorizing hazardous waste we break it down by characteristics:

  • ignitability, or something flammable.
  • corrosives, or something that can rust or decompose.
  • reactivity, or something explosive.
  • toxicity, or something poisonous.

Examples of other hazardous waste: 

  • Aerosol spray receptacles (e.g., household cleaners, disinfectants, hairspray, spray paint)
  • Airbags and airbag inflators.
  • Alcohols (e.g., rubbing alcohol, high-proof spirits)
  • Ammunition and gun powders.
  • Bleaches.

Waste Management Plan:

Every company needs to have a waste management system in place to dispose of waste correctly. Specialists in the waste management industry, like sa zero waste, collect waste, sorts the waste, and correctly dispose of the waste. sa zero waste assists companies to have the correct waste management system in place.

The amount of solid waste is increasing daily and just offloaded at dumpsites. But these dumpsites are being overfilled with solid waste and will never have the opportunity to be composted or recycled. Having a team like sa zero waste to collect your waste, will ensure a greener carbon footprint on your company's profile.

Unlike most commercial waste disposal companies, sa zero waste has emergency vehicles that are fully equipped to handle large quantities of spill and containment. We have access to some of the most cost-effective techniques and products available in South Africa to restore any contaminated land to its original state. sa zero waste has the right products and skills to handle any hazardous containment situation.

Our bioremediation products contain naturally occurring as well as added non-native microbiology. sa zero waste has the right products and skills to handle any hazardous containment situation as they have fully equipped Emergency vehicles with large quantities of spill containment and absorption products

SA ZERO Waste provides the following services:

  • Non-hazardous waste removal and salvaging, reclamation, and recycling
  • Civil construction field (earthmoving and road surface rehabilitation)
  • Mining rehabilitation of disturbed soil and the sustainable utilization of the land for agronomy purposes thereafter
  • Supplying the relevant logistics and applicable infra-structure
  • Composting and soil carbon sequestration and the amelioration of soil
  • Improving a Company's carbon footprint

SA Zero Waste is constantly upgrading its Logistics and equipment, to apply, remove, process, and transport all types of non-hazardous and hazardous waste, as well as registering certain waste products, as safe animal feed. Contact us for waste removal today.

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