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  • Overview

    Overview

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    Clean Harbors vast equipment, expertise and locations throughout North America enable us to provide a variety of environmental and emergency services for the Transportation industry.

    With in-house resources like our trained field crews, our network of specialized equipment and transportation vehicles, and our disposal facilities, Clean Harbors can control costs and liability. Our comprehensive Transportation services include used oil and oil filter collection, liquid and dry vacuuming, hydro blasting, and chemical cleaning of reactors, kettles, tanks and vessels, exchangers and towers. We also perform sump and sewer line cleaning, pipeline cleaning, container rental and management and general maintenance, complex above-ground tank cleaning, materials processing and remediation.

    Our Transportation industry clients include trucking, railroads and rail lines, airports and airlines, airfreight, ports and cruise lines, shipping companies and tug and barge companies. With extensive experience serving a wide variety of entities, Clean Harbors helps transportation companies maintain regulatory compliance and manage waste.

    Transportation Industry Services We Provide

    • Waste Disposal Services
    • CleanPack® Laboratory Chemical Packing
    • Emergency Response
    • InSite Services
    • Marine Services
    • Tank Cleaning
  • 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

    Trucking Companies

    • Maintenance – oils, oil filters, engine fluids, tank cleaning residue in drum and bulk 
    • Products – tank cleaning, reinstate disposal 
    • Storage – fuel tank cleaning 
    • Remediation resulting from over-the-road incidents – impacted soil 
    • Remediation resulting from warehouse spills 
    • Damaged freight

    Railroads

    • Maintenance – oils, paints 
    • Tank cleaning residue in drum and bulk 
    • Products – tank cleanings, reinstate disposal 
    • Storage – fuel tank cleaning 
    • Remediation resulting from on-the-track or in-the-yard incidents – impacted soil

    Shipping Companies

    • Used oil and oil products, oil filters, etc. 
    • Oily slops, black water, gray water 
    • Paints, thinners, etc. 
    • Damaged cargo

    Airlines, Air Freight

    • Hub maintenance stations – oils, engine fluids 
    • Painting residuals 
    • Deicing residue 
    • Damaged freight 
    • Remediation resulting from spills

    Airports

    • Oils, engine fluids in common area 
    • Food tenants 
    • Paints, thinners, etc.
  • 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​)

  • 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 U.S. 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

    Clean Harbors has the ability to respond to small emergency needs as well as catastrophic spills and releases at the warehouse, at the dock, at the terminal or during transportation. We service transportation companies, bulk storage terminals, warehouses and distribution networks.

    Trucking companies

    • Highways, roadways
    • Saddle tanks
    • Rollovers
    • Cargo explosions

    Railroads

    • Derailments 
    • Maintenance yard spills
    • Leaking rail-cars (gas or liquid) 
    • Spills during routine maintenance

    Shipping companies

    • Groundings 
    • Tank overfills 
    • Container damage during on- or off-loading 
    • Spills or releases during product or fuel transfer
  • 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
  • Maritime Services

    Maritime Services

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    We provide protective marine booming for ships and barges and line handling for tie-off or let-go at ports and facilities across North America.

    With extensive in-house resources―from our trained field crews to our network of specialized equipment to our disposal facilities―Clean Harbors controls costs and liability while providing turnkey solutions for your maritime service needs.  

    Clean Harbors brings decades of marine experience to our Maritime Services, operating in most ports across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. In addition to our many locations, our robust equipment inventory―including more than 240 vessels, 100 skimmers and 360,000 feet of containment boom—ensures that we can respond quickly to your maritime needs. We effectively handle any size release, and we provide emergency response and response readiness for oil and chemical spills on water and land.

    U.S. Coast Guard Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) 

    As a classified OSRO, Clean Harbors holds Captain of the Port (COTP) ratings for facilities and vessels in 56 ports and is approved for ship-to-shore transfer operations in 22 COTPs.

    Other Maritime Services

    • Onboard maritime services to meet American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Standards
    • Port services and facility operational support
    • Average Most Probable Discharge (AMPD) Coverage for transfer and lightering operations.
    • Hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal and recycling
    • Decommissioning, cleaning and abatement for shipyards, dry docks and breaking facilities 
    • Offshore and nearshore petroleum services in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Maritimes
  • 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.

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