What are “Special Wastes”?
Regular trash, also known as municipal solid wastes (MSW), include the everyday types of trash discarded by households, as well as commercial and institutional facilities that are collected by the municipal waste haulers and brought to the landfills. Examples include product packaging, grass clippings, food cans, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, etc.
ALL OTHER WASTE TYPES – i.e. SPECIAL WASTES -are subject to treatment and disposal criteria based on recognized standards and regulations e.g., USEPA, EU DIRECTIVE, ASTM, ISO/TC, WHO, the Basel Convention, and the EMA’s Certificate of Environmental Clearance.
Types of Special Waste
Special Wastes come in a variety of forms from liquid, solid, semi-solid, and gaseous materials and include hazardous waste, potentially infectious medical waste (PIMW), industrial process waste, and pollution control waste. They include any items or materials that are unsaleable or unfit for consumption and any other types of waste that are suspected of being hazardous or that are unacceptable for regular landfill disposal.
Examples of special wastes are:
Special Waste needs to be managed and disposed of properly to protect our environment. If you are uncertain what kind of special waste you generate, please contact SWMCOL’s Sales & Marketing Department for assistance.
Guidelines for Special Waste Disposal
NOTE: SWMCOL retains the right to reject any waste item or material it deems unsuitable for landfill final disposal.
SPECIAL WASTE DISPOSAL APPROVAL APPLICATION online form.
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