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  • Overview

    Overview

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    Clean Harbors can deliver the most comprehensive and reliable waste management, emergency response, industrial and specialty industrial services—while meeting all required safety thresholds.   

    In addition to the regulatory, operating and cost-management challenges within the Chemical and Specialty Chemical industry, you need to manage your products cradle-to-grave. To that end, when it comes to waste management, we understand the importance of sustainability and offer a number of solutions.

    With our waste disposal, emergency response, industrial and specialty industrial services—such as high pressure and container management—we are your single-source provider, eliminating costs associated with managing multiple contractors.

    Clean Harbors is fully equipped with highly skilled personnel, a vast equipment inventory and treatment/disposal facilities throughout North America to provide the support you need. We offer unique solutions—empowering you and your business to focus on profitable, safe and efficient operations for developing and producing chemistries. 

    Chemical Industry Services We Provide

    • Waste Disposal Services
    • Tank Cleaning 
    • Emergency Response 
    • Container Management 
    • Industrial and Specialty Services 
    • Dewatering and Materials Processing 
    • Chemical Solvent Recycling 
    • Reuse, Recycling and Reclamation 
    • CleanPack® Laboratory Chemical Packing 
    • Reactive Material Services 
    • Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management 
    • Explosives Management 
    • InSite Services 
    • Remediation Services

    Download Case Study (Clean Harbors Container Management at BASF)
    Download Case Study (Temporary Storage of Phenol-Contaminated Storm Water)
    Download Fact Sheet (InSite Services Chemical Management Lifecycle)
    Download Chemical and Specialty Chemical Services Brochure

  • Waste Disposal Services

    Waste Disposal Services

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    Clean Harbors Waste Disposal Services provide the widest range of treatment and disposal options in the industry for all of your hazardous and non-hazardous waste. 

    Unmatched in North America, our facilities provide services for all of the United States, Canada, northern Mexico and Puerto Rico. We handle drum and bulk hazardous waste in liquid, solid, semi-solid, sludge and gas forms.

    Your disposal needs are our business. We’ll work hard for your business.

    One Call Handles All of Your Hazardous Waste Disposal Needs

    Organizing multiple vendors is costly, time-consuming and it can leave gaps in your hazardous waste program that increase your risk or leave you open to problems with compliance.

    Employing the most advanced technologies, we provide a single source for all of your hazardous waste disposal needs, making the entire process easier, safer and more cost-effective. From PCBs to cyanides and explosives, we handle it all through a highly coordinated truck, rail and ship transportation network.

    Our Waste Disposal Services

    • Bulk Waste
    • Drum Waste Disposal
    • Fuel Blending
    • Incineration
    • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
    • Landfill

    Typical Waste Handled

    • Alkali earth metals 
    • High halogens/chlorines (EDC) 
    • Highly hazardous materials (pyrophorics, alkyl waste, etc.) 
    • Organic sludge contaminated with VOCs 
    • Catalysts 
    • Oil 
    • PCB oils 
    • TSCA waste 
    • Acids 
    • Bases

    Typical Areas Where Waste is Generated

    • Raw material tanks 
    • Intermediate and finished material tanks 
    • Waste tanks 
    • Plant process areas 
    • Plant labs 
    • Warehouses for both raw and finished goods 
    • Loading/Off-Loading areas 
    • Plant maintenance and repair operations 
    • R&D facilities
  • Tank Cleaning

    Tank Cleaning

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    For large tanks, we bring in on-site material processing systems to reduce the volume of waste generated from the cleaning process.

    Clean Harbors Tank Cleaning experts perform a broad spectrum of cleaning tasks for industrial facilities, municipalities and utility companies.

    Maintaining your equipment at its highest operational capacity is critical, and that includes keeping tanks clean and compliant with EH&S regulations. Clean Harbors handles a broad spectrum of cleaning from 10-gallon acid neutralization tanks for medical companies to six-million-gallon 240-foot-diameter refinery tanks.

    Tank Cleaning Services We Provide

    • Wastewater treatment neutralization for compliance with wastewater discharge regulations
    • Tank maintenance and inspection 
    • Fuel oil tank cleaning 
    • Utility manhole and vault cleaning 
    • Tank and vessel cleaning during decommissioning and industrial renovations 
    • Large-scale tank cleaning 
    • IOS and rail-car container cleaning

    Download Fact Sheet (Tank Cleaning)

    The Clean Harbors Difference

    Clean Harbors not only performs tank cleaning—we also remove the waste generated from the cleaning process and dispose of it safely using our own vehicles and treatment facilities. This additional benefit sets us apart and saves our clients time, money and hassle.

  • Emergency Response

    Emergency Response

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    With more 200 locations in North America, Clean Harbors has the manpower, equipment and technical expertise to manage any size environmental emergency on land or water.

    Clean Harbors can rapidly deploy experienced, fully certified workers to meet the needs of any incident in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico.

    • Over-the-road incidents 
    • Punctured lines 
    • Tank overflows 
    • Leaking drums 
    • Saddle tank spills 
    • Large pipeline ruptures 
    • Mercury spills
    • Biological and infectious materials 
    • Ship groundings 
    • Tanker truck rollovers 
    • Chemical and hazardous material spills 
    • Oil spills
    • Hurricane, earthquake and storm damage 
    • Emergency lab packs
    • Homeland security and terrorist attack responses
    • Releases in warehouses and distribution centers

    Rapid Response and Containment

    Varying by the response, spills typically can be contained within the first few hours, with minimal remediation in the next 48 hours. Clean Harbors works under all local, state and federal guidelines (EPA, OSHA, USCG, etc.) when performing containment and cleanup. Waste for off-site disposal is packaged and prepared for shipment to a waste treatment and disposal facility. 

    Emergency Preparedness

    Clean Harbors Emergency Response experts can provide guidance on emergency management, operations, planning, logistics and more. Our Standby Emergency Response Coverage ensures that you have the necessary coverage and response in the event of an environmental emergency.

    Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO)

    Under the U.S. Coast Guard’s OSRO Classification Program, Clean Harbors holds Captain of the Port ratings for facilities and vessels in 56 ports throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 

    Emergency Operations Center

    Clean Harbors operates an Emergency Operations Center where duty operators certified in DOT and RCRA can help you 24/7. One number, one call:  800.645.8265

  • Container Management

    Container Management

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    We have more than 12,000 containers of various types and sizes.

    Clean Harbors provides and manages a wide variety of containers for businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

    Clean Harbors has more than 12,000 containers of various types and sizes such as open and closed top rolloffs, vacuum containers, dewatering containers, frac tanks and specialty containers to service all industries. 

    Ranging from the delivery of a single container to a customer’s site to the on-site management of all of a customer’s containers, Clean Harbors provides comprehensive container management. We also provide transportation and logistics services for moving containers on-site and off-site as well as container tracking.

    Download Fact Sheet (Container Management Program)
    Download Fact Sheet (Vacuum Dewatering Rolloff Containers)
    Download Fact Sheet (Container Management Services for Western Canada Refineries and Petrochemical Facilities)

    Typical Containers Available

    • Open top rolloffs 
    • Hard top rolloffs 
    • Open top intermodals 
    • Hard top intermodals 
    • Vacuum containers 
    • Dewatering containers 
    • Vacuum dewatering containers 
    • Frac tanks 
    • Luggers
  • Industrial and Specialty Services

    Industrial and Specialty Services

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    With highly skilled staff, a vast equipment inventory and more than 35 years of experience, Clean Harbors provides a wide range of Industrial and Specialty Services throughout North America.

    We safely and efficiently manage hazardous, non-hazardous, wet and dry materials utilizing specialized equipment and techniques. 

    Industrial and Specialty Services We Provide

    • Pigging and Decoking
    • Chemical Cleaning
    • High Pressure Services - such as cold cutting, dry ice blasting, ultrasonic cleaning and exchanger, line, vessel and tank cleaning
    • Dewatering and Materials Processing
    • Outage and Turnaround Services
    • Pipeline Coatings
    • Hydro Excavation
    • Liquid/Dry Vacuuming
    • Chemical Hauling
    • Tech Sonic Cleaning Technology
  • Dewatering and Materials Processing

    Dewatering and Materials Processing

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    Combined with our equipment and manpower, we leverage our significant transportation and disposal assets to provide a number of service offerings to our customers.

    Clean Harbors provides Dewatering and Materials Processing services to improve the efficiency of wastewater treatment systems and crude tanks—​while producing a cost benefit to our end customer.

    Surface impoundments and storage tanks containing built-up sludge can limit the effectiveness of your wastewater treatment system. Clean Harbors can safely remove and process the sludge and reduce the volume of waste with specialized dewatering and dredging equipment. This process results in improved efficiency of your wastewater treatment system and significant cost savings. 

    Download Fact Sheet (Onsite Material Processing Services)

    The Clean Harbors Difference

    • Cutting-edge dredging and dewatering equipment for precise waste removal and high volume, continuous processing
    • Resource recovery through our mobile thermal treatment units
    • EH&S support, including the design of vapor control plans to meet air emissions guidelines

    Dredging and dewatering may be typical industrial tasks, but Clean Harbors expertise, equipment and turnkey abilities are anything but common.

  • Chemical Solvent Recycling

    Chemical Solvent Recycling

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    Our Chicago, Illinois, recycling facility has six distillation columns, one liquid-to-liquid extractor and one mole sieve dryer.

    Recycling and reusing chemical solvents can be an economical alternative for your business, and Clean Harbors can give you that option. 

    With three centrally located recycling facilities, we can recycle used solvents to your specifications and return them to you. If disposal is your preference, we can take your used solvents and recycle them to our own specifications.

    Our flexible operations—combined with chemical knowledge and engineering expertise—bring advanced solutions to the challenges of separation and purification. 

    • During the recovery process, components of the solvent/chemical streams are isolated and purified to high-quality product specifications.
    • Clean Harbors Recycling Services employees are experts in recycling and tolling. All processing meets strict local, state and federal regulations and customer requirements. 

    We understand the importance of providing a product without cross-contamination, and we consistently deliver quality products.

    Recycling Facility Locations

    • Chicago, Illinois
    • Hebron, Ohio
    • El Dorado, Arkansas 

    All facilities are rail served.

    Benefits of Recycling and Reuse 

    • Minimizes waste generation and emissions
    • Reduces waste disposal cost and raw material procurement
    • Has potential to reduce hazardous waste fees
    • Enables more favorable Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting
    • Improves public relations and corporate image 

    Best Demonstrated Available Technology (BDAT)

    • Supports corporate sustainability goals

    Download Fact Sheet (Solvent Recycling Services)
    Download Fact Sheet (Solvent Recycling Services-Chicago, IL Facility)
    Download Fact Sheet (Solvent Recycling Services - Hebron, OH Facility)
    Download Fact Sheet (Solvent Recycling Services - El Dorado, AR Facility)
    Download Fact Sheet (Solvents for Recycling)

  • Reuse, Recycling and Reclamation

    Reuse, Recycling and Reclamation

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    Clean Harbors can help your company more effectively and efficiently manage your waste management needs through recycling.

    Clean Harbors Recycling and Reuse Program provides a comprehensive step-by-step approach that evaluates your R&D and manufacturing operations and identifies opportunities for efficient waste management. Whether a waste stream or production by-product is sold "as is," recycled or reused, your costs and possible liabilities can be significantly reduced.

    Download Chemical Recycling & Reuse Program Brochure

    Our comprehensive program will:

    • Reduce waste disposal costs 
    • Minimize waste governed by RCRA regulations, lowering your taxes and annual fees 
    • Create a positive impact on data reported on your TRI reports 
    • Reduce the burden and associated costs of regulatory reporting 
    • Pursue potential buyers of your waste stream 
    • Preserve your reputation as an environmentally safe company by allowing you to publicize new waste minimization programs 
    • Share best practices with other locations within your company to maximize value

    We help you:

    • Identify and quantify chemical recycling and reuse options, as well as potential end markets 
    • Interpret and provide guidance regarding regulations 
    • Conduct waste process review and manage logistics 
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive waste management program
  • CleanPack® Laboratory Chemical Packing

    CleanPack® Laboratory Chemical Packing

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    Our chemists access a database with more than 150,000 unique chemicals for laboratory chemical packing.

    Clean Harbors proprietary CleanPack Laboratory Chemical Packing services provide proper recognition, handling, packaging, transportation and disposal of laboratory chemicals. We also perform laboratory relocations, closures and cleanouts.

    Clean Harbors can manage virtually any chemical found in a laboratory environment including:

    • RCRA and non-RCRA chemicals
    • TSCA, DEA, radioactive, mixed waste and universal waste 
    • Biological and etiological chemicals
    • Compressed gas and cylinders 
    • Toxic, flammable, oxidizer, organic peroxide and corrosive materials 
    • Pyrophoric, gases, aerosol, unknown, reactive, explosive and shock-sensitive materials 
    • Ethers, THF, dioxane and sodium azide

    Compliance

    Throughout the chemical packing and disposal process, our skilled chemists help ensure your compliance with the latest EPA, DOT, TDG and Environment Canada regulations and record-keeping. 

    Download Fact Sheet (CleanPack® Lab Chemical Packing​)

  • Reactive Material Services

    Reactive Material Services

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    We work with many universities and colleges throughout the country.

    Clean Harbors provides a wide array of Reactive Material Services to ensure secure chemical management and safe disposal of unstable and explosive materials.

    Clean Harbors has extensive experience working with unstable and shock-sensitive materials, as well as managing disposal of explosives and materials restricted from transportation. With a vast transportation fleet and permitted transfer storage and disposal facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, we provide turnkey reactive material services. 

    Reactive Material Services require specialized expertise and diverse techniques to ensure safety and compliance. Clean Harbors deploys multiple approaches to fulfill these goals.

    Download Fact Sheet (Reactive Material Services​)

    Container Evaluation 

    Clean Harbors has standard operating procedures for the proper identification and evaluation of shock-sensitive, peroxidizable and unknown reactive materials. We follow strict evaluation criteria including age, storage conditions, exposure, contamination and stability.

    Chemical Stabilization 

    Clean Harbors understands the disadvantages of controlled detonation and has developed sound chemical stabilization techniques that enable us to manage the following types of potentially unstable materials (along with others on a case-by-case basis):

    • Peroxide-forming compounds 
    • Temperature-sensitive compounds 
    • Organic peroxides 
    • Shock-sensitive compounds 
    • Multi-nitrated compounds 
    • Azides

    Remote Container Opening Procedures 

    Our Reactive Material specialists take every precaution and limit the handling of hazardous and potentially unstable materials. We use specially designed equipment for all reactive remediation and stabilization projects, including pneumatically driven machinery that can remotely open a container.

    Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment 

    Our state-of-the-art engineering controls include devices such as:

    • Trailer-mounted blast deflection units
    • Portable remote openers with bomb blanket and safety circle
    • Custom-designed remote drum openers
    • ATF Type III Blasters day boxes

    Our personal protective equipment protects our employees from high heat, flames and explosions and includes:

    • Fire proximity suits
    • Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) protective search suits
    • Riot helmet, Kevlar® vest, and Nomex® coveralls (standard issue)

    Unknown Compound Fingerprint Analysis

    Our CleanPack® chemists provide fingerprint analysis for unknown compounds within lab pack-sized containers provided that the materials pass our safety evaluation. If these materials fail the evaluation and are suspected to be shock-sensitive, unstable or reactive, they must be remotely opened and tested before packaging.

  • Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management

    Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management

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    We are the only company in North America able to provide complete management of all types of compressed gas cylinders.

    Clean Harbors provides safe, cost-effective Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management and disposal. 

    Clean Harbors highly trained specialists―who meet rigid personnel qualifications―handle all types of cylinder projects from the removal of a single lecture bottle to large-scale, multi-phase cylinder remediation efforts. We manage a wide range of liquefied, non-liquefied and dissolved gases, including hydrogen cyanide, anhydrous hydrogen cyanide (HCN), tetrafluorohydrazine (TFH), pentaborane and incompatible mixtures. And we have the unique ability to design and manufacture custom compressed gas cylinder equipment to meet your needs.

    Download Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management Services Brochure 

    Specialized Equipment and Expertise 

    Using state-of-the-art personal protective, project and safety equipment, our experts evaluate your situation and safely package and remove cylinders from your site. When materials are potentially unsafe to ship, Clean Harbors will mobilize a team of cylinder specialists to your location where they can:

    • Contain leaking or damaged cylinders
    • Test and identify unknown materials 
    • Manage both portable and fixed tanks
    • Handle inherently unstable and high-hazard cylinders

    Safety Training 

    All of our specialists undergo Compressed Gas Emergency Response Training (CGERT) certification, a rigorous technical course that provides advanced training on industrial and specialty gas emergency response. 

  • Explosives Management

    Explosives Management

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    Clean Harbors Explosives Management services provide risk-free disposal of explosives and management of reactive waste at our EPA-approved thermal treatment facilities. Our Colfax, Louisiana, thermal treatment facility is the only commercial RCRA Part B, Subpart X permitted explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) facility in the United States. 

    Clean Harbors provides strict quality control for EOD. Our methods not only meet but exceed government requirements, eliminating the risk of costly waste rejections. We also ensure timely approvals, quotes and schedules.

    Materials Handled and Industries Served

    Federal/State/Local Governments

    • Confiscated articles including fireworks, ammunition and manufactured explosives 
    • Propellants and rocket motors 
    • Riot control articles and flares

    Engineering and Consulting

    • Explosives/propellants from demilitarization operations 
    • Rocket motors and missile propellants 
    • Explosive contaminated debris 
    • Items stemming from oil field services 
    • Shape charges, jet perforation guns, detonators and cartridges

    Manufacturing

    • Airbag inflators 
    • Initiators 
    • Aircraft ejection systems 
    • Explosives/propellants

    Chemical and Specialty Chemical

    • Explosives
    • Explosive contaminated debris 
    • Detonation cords 
    • Propellants
  • Remediation Services

    Remediation Services

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    Clean Harbors can manage your remediation project from start to finish.

    Clean Harbors Remediation Services handle large-scale, complex site cleanup projects and environmental construction needs for the public and private sectors. We can remediate any location to meet corporate or regulatory cleanup requirements.

    Clean Harbors provides comprehensive on-site Remediation Services for a plant or facility expansion, an idled facility or a decommissioned process. If you are closing a process, a building or an expansive facility in order to sell the property, remediating a brownfield or repurposing property, Clean Harbors has the solution.

    • Coke oven dismantlement and closure 
    • Landfill construction, capping and collection systems
    • In situ, ex situ treatment 
    • Soil solidification, stabilization 
    • Excavation and disposal 
    • Decontamination, decommissioning, demolition 
    • Integrated remediation systems construction and management 
    • Hazardous and special waste management
    • Manufactured gas plant remediation 
    • Mining site remediation 
    • Groundwater remediation
    • Sediments remediation
    • Remedial systems configurations for site-specific cleanup criteria
    • Refinery projects

    Whatever your remediation needs, Clean Harbors has the manpower, equipment and expertise to not only get the job done but also exceed expectations. 

  • InSite Services

    InSite Services

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    Clean Harbors InSite Services is a branded on-site/in-plant service delivery program through which we provide a full range of environmental, industrial and waste management offerings. This signature program is built on safety, quality, efficiency and integrity—and has been offered by Clean Harbors for over 20 years.   

    By leveraging Clean Harbors expertise and capabilities, our on-site staffs are dedicated to developing the safest, most cost-effective solutions to service customers’ needs. This includes collecting and packaging waste materials, managing satellite accumulation areas, cleaning in-plant locations and running RCRA treatment processes.

    One Source. More Resources.

    A Clean Harbors InSite partnership delivers process improvement and cost savings opportunities, thus allowing you to maximize your profitability by focusing on your core business needs. 

    InSite Services We Provide

    • Chemical waste pickup
    • Solvent can management
    • Laboratory inspections
    • SAA inspections
    • Administrative support
    • Safety equipment inspections
    • Biohazard container management
    • Radiological services
    • Laboratory cleaning
    • Laboratory moves
    • Bulk storage tank management
    • Consolidation and lab packing

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