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Steel and Primary Metals

  • Overview


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    With a vast fleet of equipment, a large staff of experts and broad capabilities, Clean Harbors provides turnkey industrial and environmental services to Steel and Primary Metals facilities.

    Clean Harbors has extensive experience managing the unique environmental and waste management issues of the iron, steel and primary metal production industries. From blast furnaces, basic oxygen furnaces, electric arc furnaces, pickling and rolling operations, to galvanizing-coating, coke and sinter plants, copper and aluminum production facilities—we have worked with all types and sizes of operations.

    We offer liquid and dry vacuum truck and hydro blasting services, baghouse cleanouts and sewer line cleaning, pipeline cleaning, container rental and management and general maintenance as well as complex above-ground tank cleaning, materials processing and remediation.

    Our experience and proficiency help steel and primary metals facilities to mitigate waste, maintain regulatory compliance and create operational efficiencies.

    Steel and Primary Metals Industry Services We Provide

    • Container Management
    • Emergency Response
    • InSite Services
    • Dewatering and Materials Processing
    • Remediation Services
    • Waste Disposal Services
    • Industrial Services
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Waste Disposal Services

    Waste Disposal Services

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    Clean Harbors Waste Disposal Services provide the widest range of recycling, 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 Unites 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

    Typical Waste Handled

    • K061 electric arc furnace dust waste 
    • K088 spent pot liner waste
    • K062 wastes including spent pickle liquor waste 
    • NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) 
    • TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material)
  • Industrial Services

    Industrial Services

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    With proven expertise, vast equipment and manpower and a strong focus on safety, Clean Harbors provides comprehensive Industrial Services to clients throughout North America. 

    Clean Harbors manages hazardous, non-hazardous, wet and dry materials utilizing specialized equipment and techniques. Our Industrial Services include liquid/dry vacuuming, hydro jetting and blasting, boiler cleaning, condenser and heat exchanger tube cleaning, chemical cleaning, pipe cleaning and removal and more.

    Plant outages and turnarounds are costly but necessary events for industrial facilities. Our highly trained staff assist with all aspects of these processes, including waste transportation and disposal.

    Health and Safety Are Top Priority

    Clean Harbors DART, TRIR and EMR ratings are some of the lowest in the industry. We are dedicated to completing projects on time, within budget and without incident.

Our Coverage

  • U.S.United States
  • Canada
  • International

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