Most businesses hire a waste service provider to help them handle or dispose of their dangerous waste. Waste service providers might help you:
- Transport waste
- Dispose of waste
- Identify waste codes (or, designate your waste)
- Create hazardous waste manifests
- Assist with record keeping
Remember, you are still responsible for any waste you generate and that includes any waste handled and disposed of by a waste service provider. So, be sure to research and ask your provider questions before working with them, and know what you need to do to be in compliance.
Find a waste service provider
These statewide and regional directories can help you find service providers near you:
Search online for a service provider
If the above directories don't meet your needs, we recommend searching online:
- Search for "hazardous waste vendor."
- Use the tips below for choosing a provider.
- Call providers to compare services, price, timeline.
Note: We do not endorse any service providers. You are responsible for making sure your dangerous waste is handled and disposed of properly.
How do you choose a waste service provider?
Consider balancing cost, liability, and service to find the right provider for your business. If you use a service provider that does not manage your waste properly, you are liable for the consequences, which could result in spendy clean up costs.
Questions to research and ask a waste service provider
Other things to take into account
Assess overall costs
The lowest bidder is not always the best choice. Some companies may be able to keep costs lower than others by cutting corners on regulatory compliance, which can in turn expose you to higher risk from liabilities. Only you can decide how much risk and liability is acceptable.
Specify how you want bidders to detail costs
Specifically, the unit and cost you want to see. For example, $/gallon or $/pound. Put all your expectations for costs, services, compliance record, and financial assurance into your scope of work. A clear, detailed scope of work can help you get bids that are comparable.
The lowest priced provider is not always the best choice.
Weigh the cost and benefits
For example, if you compare the waste management cost of a permitted dangerou waste facility to a conditionally exempt recycling facility, you may pay higher costs for financial assurance by choosing the permitted facility. On the other hand, using an exempt recycler may help you earn valuable recycling credits against the hazardous waste planning fee assessment.
Frequently asked questions