Waste Disposal Services

Overview

Waste Disposal

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.

When choosing a hazardous waste disposal company, 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, our hazardous waste removal services handle it all through a highly coordinated truck, rail and ship transportation network.

Bulk Waste Disposal

Bulk Waste Disposal

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Clean Harbors Bulk Waste Disposal offers services for hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

Our turnkey approach to providing bulk transportation and waste disposal services provides liability protection, and our wide variety of logistic options, supported by our system of bulk waste disposal and management facilities, is unmatched in North America.   

We provide an assortment of recycling, treatment and disposal options for hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, solids, semi-solids and sludge. Additionally, we have numerous transportation methods to move your bulk waste to one of our disposal centers. 

Bulk Waste Disposal Options

  • Incineration 
  • Recycling 
  • Fuel blending 
  • Wastewater treatment 
  • Landfill
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Drum Waste Disposal

Drum Waste Disposal

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Clean Harbors Drum Waste Disposal Services effectively manage hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal, regardless of size. Whether it’s only a few ounces, 55-gallon drums or cubic yard size containers, our expert teams make sure your waste is efficiently collected and properly disposed, regardless of the waste type.

Our Company-owned fleet services customers with one location or thousands of locations. Regular drum waste pickups guarantee that you ship within regulatory guidelines and stay in compliance.

Online Drum Scheduling – Simple Process, Maximum Results

Save the back-and-forth of phone, fax and email exchanges. With Clean Harbors Online Drum Scheduling, you can schedule a drum pickup 24/7, and our scheduling system provides accurate availability. Once a pickup is approved, customers receive an email confirming their date. You also can track your orders through the same simple online application. 

With a few clicks, you now can:

  • Order replacement containers and supplies
  • Select from previously purchased supplies
  • Filter top-selling items
  • Print a copy of your drum request
  • Track your order online
  • Manage on-site inventory
  • View manifests and invoices

Benefits

  • Quicker process for scheduling and organizing shipments
  • Accurate and reliable selection of replacement containers and supplies
  • Improved record-keeping providing detail of each drum request
  • Ease of reporting with all of your records in one place and 24/7 access 
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Incineration Facilities

Incineration Facilities

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Our Deer Park, Texas, incinerator has two kilns, a rotary reactor and an on-site landfill providing incineration waste disposal for a wide variety of materials.

Clean Harbors is the industry's leading provider of high-tech, high-temperature incinerators for destroying hazardous and industrial waste. With our broad permit capabilities and high capacity, our hazardous waste incineration facilities deliver maximum convenience and efficiency.

Download Fact Sheet (Incineration Services)

Clean Harbors Incineration Technologies

With nearly 70 percent of North America's incineration capacity, our five facilities in the United States and Canada guarantee we can meet any requirement from any customer. Our kilns can incinerate solids, liquids and sludge; and, our advanced thermal systems can destroy as much as 99.9999 percent of all hazardous constituents. Our technologies include:

  • Rotary kiln incineration
  • Liquid injection technology
  • Direct incineration
  • Fluidized bed incineration

Additional Waste Handling Capabilities

For waste that cannot be incinerated, Clean Harbors offers expert handling for:

  • Explosive classes 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 
  • Radioactive material 
  • NORM/TENORM radioactive material 
  • Recycling

North America’s Most Advanced Incinerator

North America’s most advanced incinerator is now keeping the air cleaner for all of us. Our new incinerator at our El Dorado, Arkansas facility meets new source MACT emission standards, which are ten times more stringent for metals and particulate matter.

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Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Industrial Wastewater Treatment

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Clean Harbors operates seven wastewater treatment facilities.

As the leader among liquid waste disposal companies, Clean Harbors can get your wastewater needs under control with a wide range of treatment technologies for liquid and semi-liquid hazardous and non-hazardous wastewater. 

Through our network of facilities located across North America, we can accept industrial wastewater and liquid hazardous waste for treatment and disposal in bulk and drum and via rail. For materials that cannot be treated, we also provide wastewater incineration.

Download Fact Sheet (Wastewater Treatment Services for Hazardous & Non-Hazardous Waste​)

Types of Industrial Wastewater Treated

  • Inorganic wastewater 
  • Organic wastewater 
  • Listed hazardous wastewater 
  • RCRA wastewater with heavy metals 
  • RCRA wastewater with organics 
  • Non-hazardous wastewater 
  • Oil and water mixtures 
  • CERCLA hazardous wastewater 
  • TSCA, RCRA/TSCA and non-TSCA PCB wastewater

Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technologies

  • Chemical oxidation and reduction 
  • Acid/Base neutralization 
  • Chemical precipitation of metals 
  • Flocculation 
  • Filtration 
  • Carbon adsorption 
  • Supercritical fluid extraction 
  • Biological treatment 
  • Oil/Water separation
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Landfill Facilities

Landfill Facilities

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Our Lone Mountain, Oklahoma, landfill is one of nine Company-owned landfills.

Ultimate and Fail-Safe Waste Disposal 

With seven hazardous waste landfills and two non-hazardous waste landfills, Clean Harbors provides cost-effective, safe and secure waste stream disposal throughout North America. All of our hazardous waste landfills are built to Subtitle C standards.

We thoroughly audit and routinely inspect every site to make sure final disposal is in full compliance with all regulations. All Clean Harbors sites are state-of-the-art and fully engineered with sophisticated collection systems. 

Download Fact Sheet (Landfill Disposal Services for Hazardous & Non-Hazardous Waste)

Landfill Treatment and Disposal Technologies

  • Direct landfill 
  • Solidification 
  • Macroencapsulation 
  • Microencapsulation 
  • Metals stabilization 
  • Chemical oxidation
  • Landfill leachate

Typical Waste Types Handled at Our Landfills

  • Liquids, solids, semi-solids and sludge 
  • Inorganic waste 
  • Organic waste 
  • Listed hazardous waste 
  • RCRA waste with heavy metals 
  • RCRA waste with organics 
  • Non-hazardous waste 
  • Oil and water mixtures 
  • PCB disposal 
  • Radioactive waste (NORM/TENORM) 
  • Transportation and logistics

NORM and TENORM Waste Disposal

Clean Harbors provides disposal for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM) waste at our Deer Trail, Colorado, and Buttonwillow, California, facilities.

Deer Trail and Buttonwillow are fully-permitted Subtitle C landfills authorized to accept NORM and TENORM waste containing radionuclides (in the decay series of U-238, U-235 and Th-232) up to 2000 pCi/gram for Deer Trail and up to 1800 pCi/gram for Buttonwillow.

Download Fact Sheet (NORM and TENORM Waste Disposal Services)

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Fuel Blending

Fuel Blending

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Clean Harbors Fuel Blending diverts the use of fossil fuels as an energy source for cement production.

Clean Harbors Fuel Blending services provide an economic and environmentally friendly recycling option for solvent-based liquids, solids and sludge. The process blends organic waste streams into an alternative fuel for kilns used in manufacturing cement. Whether it’s a one-liter container, a 55-gallon drum or a full tanker load, we can handle all sizes and types of solid-based fuel.

Clean Harbors will take your solvent-based fuels to one of our fuel blending facilities where our professionals will analyze and blend your waste streams to meet strict specifications.

Benefits

  • Conserves natural resources by replacing coal, oil and other fossil fuels in cement production
  • Offers a less costly alternative to incineration
  • Minimizes cradle-to-grave liability through thermal destruction in kilns
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Airbag Disposal

Airbag Disposal

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Clean Harbors makes it easy for you to dispose of airbags and components.

Clean Harbors offers the automotive industry a safe, economical and environmentally sound disposal option for airbags and related components.

All recalled airbag inflators containing ammonium nitrate are now considered hazardous waste. This classification change affects the transportation, storage, handling, disposal and reporting of inflators.

Clean Harbors has developed a proprietary solution to properly dispose of airbag inflators though our patented system that thermally processes the inflators while recycling the metals in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Clean Harbors provides disposal solutions for all types of airbags and components, including:

  • Airbag inflators
  • Airbag inflators with compressed gas
  • Airbag inflators, pyrotechnic
  • Airbag modules
  • Seat belt pretensioners

We provide turnkey solutions including waste profiling, shipping document preparation, packaging, pickup and transportation making it easy for you to dispose of airbags and components.

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Catalyst Treatment

Catalyst Treatment

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Our Recycling Center in San Leon, Texas, provides an environmentally secure alternative to traditional thermal destruction.

As the most experienced catalyst service provider in North America, Clean Harbors offers comprehensive and efficient spent catalyst treatment and reclamation.

Spent catalyst management disrupts productivity and can lead to costly downtime for refining, chemical and petrochemical facilities. Your solution? Clean Harbors. With more than 35 years of experience, Clean Harbors has the most comprehensive and efficient processes for catalyst treatment and reclamation. 

Our unique catalyst management program focuses on early customer interaction—taking a proactive approach to regulatory restraints and deadline challenges. Other benefits to the Clean Harbors approach include:

  • Dedicated project managers – one point of contact for streamlined interaction
  • Start-to-finish logistics – we transport and treat the materials ourselves
  • A long history of experience – no one understands catalyst management like we do

With proven processes and peerless expertise, Clean Harbors takes the stress out of spent catalyst management.

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PCB Disposal

PCB Disposal

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We have over two decades of PCB management experience.

Clean Harbors is the only full-service polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) disposal provider in the United States.

Our PCB management facilities are permitted for the storage, consolidation and transfer of PCB waste and use EPA-approved alternative disposal methods. Clean Harbors handles liquid and solid PCB-related waste.

Depending on regulations and customer preferences, Clean Harbors will ensure that PCB materials are recycled, incinerated, treated or landfilled.

PCB Processing Capabilities

  • Carbon treatment of TSCA and particularly TSCA/RCRA contaminated water 
  • Incineration to destroy PCB waste 

Clean Harbors also offers a dedicated oil testing and analysis facility with quick turnaround times—even 24-hour rush analysis, upon request.

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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
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Medical Waste Management and Destruction

Medical Waste Management and Destruction

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Clean Harbors provides reliable medical waste disposal by incineration for a wide variety of materials.

Medical waste disposal poses unique challenges. Clean Harbors has the technical expertise, equipment and experience to meet these challenges. Our world-class incineration facilities exceed the highest environmental standards. We ensure the safe, effective and total destruction of all biohazard waste.

Clean Harbors medical waste management service provides exclusive handling, transportation, destruction and tracking of medical waste satisfies the demand for sound liability management and protection. Medical waste incineration is the only way to guarantee that no residuals will find their way back into the environment.

Safe and Secure “One-Time Use” Container Management

We only use new, airtight containers that will not expose your employees or patients to potentially unsafe reused vessels. All medical waste containers are packaged and sealed at your location and then destroyed at our incineration facilities. 

Vendor Consolidation to Reduce Costs

For companies that are focused on efficient procurement practices, Clean Harbors consolidates hazardous and medical waste disposal, which reduces the costs of working with multiple waste management vendors.

Download Fact Sheet (Medical Waste Management Services)
Download Fact Sheet (Services for Medical Labs and Acute Care Facilities)

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Consumer Products Disposal

Consumer Products Disposal

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We provide secure and complete disposal of consumer products.

Clean Harbors provides a wide range of cost-effective services for disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous consumer products.

Safely and legally disposing of consumer products requires regulatory knowledge, manpower and equipment—all strengths of Clean Harbors Waste Disposal Program. We collect, sort, package, manifest, transport and dispose of the following waste products in compliance with local, state, provincial and federal regulations:

  • Damaged or defective products
  • Expired products
  • Recalled products
  • Hazardous and non-hazardous products

Damaged and Discarded Goods Management

Clean Harbors safely and routinely manages consumer products that must be discarded due to shelf life expiration or damage, preventing them from entering the consumer market. These items include:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Lighter fluids
  • Ammunition
  • Toys
  • Cosmetics
  • Perfumes
  • Flammable goods
  • Garden supplies
  • Oils
  • Engine fluids
  • Parts cleaners

Depending on your product disposal requirements, we can provide landfill disposal for non-hazardous items at a lower cost than incineration. We can also provide cost-effective incineration, fuel blending and aqueous treatment for hazardous and non-hazardous consumer products.

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Shredding Services

Shredding Services

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Waste products are completely defaced prior to disposal.

Clean Harbors offers confidential paper and document shredding with guaranteed destruction of waste containing sensitive data.

Businesses often generate hazardous and non-hazardous wastes that contain sensitive information, trade secrets, or packing and labeling with their company name or trademark. Clean Harbors Shredding Services guarantee that the waste products containing sensitive information will be completely defaced prior to disposal so that they cannot be stolen, reused or resold. 

Our services include:

  • Choice of shredding locations
  • Hazardous and non-hazardous capabilities (RCRA and non-RCRA materials)
  • Low-cost options
  • Logistical support
  • Witness slot availability
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Large-Scale Waste Removal and Disposal Projects

Large-Scale Waste Removal and Disposal Projects

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Clean Harbors increases efficiency and reduces transportation costs by engineering unique ways to offload dump trailers into rail-cars.

Clean Harbors is equipped to handle all aspects of large-scale waste removal and disposal projects.

Clean Harbors provides off-site transportation, landfill and incineration disposal services for soil and other contaminated media from remediation activities. We also can assist contractors and project managers with support services including groundwater disposal, investigation derived waste (IDW) disposal, rolloff container management and many other services.

Our portable truck-to-rail services provide the most economical and safest method of overland bulk waste transportation. Our custom truck-to-rail loading ramps make it much easier to manage material shipment from your project site to a Clean Harbors treatment and disposal facility.

Waste Types Handled 

  • RCRA hazardous waste 
  • Listed hazardous waste 
  • TSCA, RCRA/TSCA and CERCLA waste (including Mega-Rule) 
  • Non-hazardous waste 
  • Halogenated VOCs and non-halogenated VOCs 
  • Halogenated SVOCs and non-halogenated SVOCs 
  • Inorganic waste 
  • Reactive waste 
  • Petroleum contaminated waste 
  • Explosives
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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
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Waste Transportation Services

Waste Transportation Services

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Clean Harbors fleet ranks as one of the top 25 private carriers in North America.

Clean Harbors provides the widest possible range of truck, rail and ship transportation for waste materials.

With our nimble logistics, we can manage and coordinate shipments throughout the United States, Canada, northern Mexico and Puerto Rico. Our turnkey approach to waste transportation creates a wide variety of options and liability protection, including:

Specialty Waste Transportation Options

  • Drum and bulk waste transportation of liquids, solids and sludge 
  • Transport directly from your facility to the disposal facility 
  • Rail transportation 
  • Truck-to-rail trans-loading 
  • Multiple shipments 
  • Transport for campaigns and projects
  • Van trailers and box trucks 
  • Vacuum trailers and straight vacuum trucks 
  • Rubber and glass-lined tankers and vacuum trucks 
  • Rolloffs 
  • Vacuum boxes 
  • Frac tanks 
  • Lugger boxes 
  • Dewatering boxes 
  • Tank trailers 
  • Vacuum trailers 
  • Isotainers 
  • Bulk liquid rail-cars 
  • Gondola cars 
  • Flatcars 
  • Intermodal boxes
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