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Proper Waste Handling (21 posts)

Aerosol Waste now accepted in Iowa as Universal Waste: Schedule a Pickup with TRC to recycle your Aerosol Waste

Universal Waste Aerosol Recycling Program

Aerosols now accepted as Universal Waste in Iowa, making it much easier and less expensive to recycle. Share with your Iowa businesses & we will schedule a pickup! #Recycle #EnvironmentalServices #TRC #Aerosols #AerosolWaste #UniversalWaste #EPA #RCRA

August 18, 2020

Blue Earth Art Center – Customer Spotlight

With hopes of bringing her dream community art center to life, a local Blue Earth, MN woman needed our help with a chemical clean out of an abandoned building.

January 13, 2020
Pharm Waste Return Pak

Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

  Order. Pak. Ship. Easy.   ReturnPak: DEA Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Program Many residents and businesses have expired or unused pharmaceutical products and don’t know what to do with them. The Retrofit Companies, Inc. is excited to share with you this cost-effective, environmentally friendly program. Pharmaceutical Waste ReturnPak is designed to help you properly dispose […]

October 9, 2019

Part 6: It’s Just…Ceramic Glaze

A Guide to Common Products with Uncommon Properties  By: Nick Dryden   Part 6: It’s Just…Ceramic Glaze This is part 6 of our It’s Just… series on common products we see in industry.  In this series we will be focusing on the chemicals found in these products, where you might find them in your facility, […]

August 29, 2019

Part 5: It’s Just…Epoxy

A Guide to Common Products with Uncommon Properties  By: Nick Dryden   Part 5: It’s Just…Epoxy This is part 5 of our It’s Just… series on common products we see in industry.  In this series we will be focusing on the chemicals found in these products, where you might find them in your facility, and […]

August 19, 2019

Part 4: It’s Just…Paint

A Guide to Common Products with Uncommon Properties  By: Nick Dryden   Part 4: It’s Just…Paint This is part 4 of our It’s Just… series on common products we see in industry.  In this series we will be focusing on the chemicals found in these products, where you might find them in your facility, and […]

August 8, 2019

Part 3: It’s Just…Windex

A Guide to Common Products with Uncommon Properties  By: Nick Dryden   Part 3: It’s Just…Windex This is part 3 of our It’s Just… series on common products we see in industry.  In this series we will be focusing on the chemicals found in these products, where you might find them in your facility, and […]

July 31, 2019

Part 2: It’s Just…Drano

A Guide to Common Products with Uncommon Properties  By: Nick Dryden   Part 2: It’s Just…Drano This is part 2 of our It’s Just… series on common products we see in industry.  In this series we will be focusing on the chemicals found in these products, where you might find them in your facility, and […]

July 15, 2019

How To Properly Dispose of Smoke Detectors

By Steve Jacobs, Environmental Division Manager Why Should I Properly Dispose of Smoke Detector? Customers frequently ask us about properly disposing of smoke detectors and why they are different from other electronic scrap wastes. With these life-saving devices in nearly every home, you would assume disposal would be fairly easy. So why can’t we just […]

July 11, 2019

How to Package Batteries for Shipment

Steve Jacobs, Environmental Services Director for The Retrofit Companies, Inc., shares tips on how to follow proper packaging guidelines for common battery types, including alkaline, lithium, lead acid and nickel cadmium.

June 19, 2019

Part 1: It’s Just…Bondo

A Guide to Common Products with Uncommon Properties  By: Nick Dryden   Part 1: It’s Just…Bondo This is part 1 of our It’s Just… series on common products we see in industry.  In this series we will be focusing on the chemicals found in these products, where you might find them in your facility, and how […]

June 12, 2019

Aerosol Can Recycling Program

TRC Aerosol Recycling Program* *please note that state regulations change frequently; please contact TRC for the latest regulations in your state   Despite the changing regulations around Aerosol recycling, TRC is pleased to provide an easy program for businesses in Minnesota to comply. Since introducing the program in 2016, we have seen a growing number […]

June 10, 2019

Choosing a Reputable Partner Minimizes Your Risks for Regulated Waste Related Fines

One of the most important concepts for generators of waste to understand is Cradle-to-Grave. In a nut shell, this means that the generator of waste is responsible to ultimate disposal. Nothing will relinquish a generator of this responsibility and there’s no expiration date or time limit. Hiring someone else to transport and dispose of your waste does NOT transfer responsibility.

October 23, 2017

Recharging your Knowledge of Recycling Batteries

Since the mid-1990’s TRC has gained expertise in the safe transportation of wastes ranging from toxic gases to Mercury containing lamps. Our recycling trucks have transported everything from old light bulbs to lead paint. This expertise and knowledge of waste handling and disposal regulations have helped our clients simplify the disposal and recycling process for all types of Universal and Hazardous waste.

August 23, 2016

CRT TV and Monitor Recycling

In the electronics recycling industry, waste processing changes over time as methods improve or markets shift. CRT recycling used to be what is known as a ‘closed loop process’ where old leaded glass tubes were recycled into new ones; however, new technology does not use leaded glass tubes.

August 23, 2016

Preparing A Hazardous Waste Management Plan

Disposing of Hazardous Waste is a time consuming, detail oriented process. Many of the chemicals listed above are not common recycling items. If you are unfamiliar with the chemicals you need recycled, it is likely that you are unfamiliar with the handling, packaging, and transportation regulations to dispose them.

September 23, 2013

Mercury Spills & How To Safely Handle Mercury Waste

Because of the dangers mercury waste poses to the environment and the health of others, the Department of Transportation has regulated how it must be transported. The main focus when transporting mercury is containment. There are some packaging and handling guidelines in effect to help prevent spills.

July 23, 2013

Understanding Mercury Waste & Mercury Recycling Process

While we have found safer uses and have been able to reduce the amount of mercury required to create a viable product, as is the case with fluorescent lamps, that does not mean it is any less dangerous. The harmful effects of mercury are still present and it must be handled, stored, transported and recycled carefully.

June 23, 2013

Four Things You Must Know to Responsibly Recycle Your Electronics

When you are finished with a computer you should make sure your information is no longer accessible and that the hazardous materials in the equipment are properly handled. This is why it is especially important to responsibly recycle e-waste with a trusted, certified recycler.

June 23, 2013

MUST HAVE: Hazardous Waste Recycling Resource Guide

We’ve compiled this helpful Hazardous Waste Recycling Resource Guide as a way to keep some important reference information at hand when you are looking to learn more about hazardous waste disposal in Minnesota. 

May 23, 2013

Fluorescent Lamp Recycling: Small amounts of mercury, big hazard

Many states have required recycling of all fluorescent lamps. While it is not yet a nationwide law, the EPA recommends that all types of fluorescent lamps be disposed of as if they are a hazardous waste.

May 23, 2013