Monthly Archives: July 2019

Best Practices for Chemical Waste

If your business in Marin uses hazardous chemicals, implementing responsible waste practices is crucial, and Junk King can make the process a lot easier. We can play an important role in the pickup and responsible disposal of your waste, but you’ll need to make sure chemicals are handled safely while they remain at your site. We have a successful history of working with businesses, schools and other organizations.

Proper Storage and Segregation

Chemical Waste in barrels outside buildingBefore we can start picking up your chemical waste, you’ll want to create a proper storage setup that accounts for the safety of everyone in your building. Here are the best practices you will need to follow:

  • Designate a storage area for chemicals that’s close to where waste is generated. It should be clearly labeled and as far away as possible from normal lab or business activities.
  • Use containers that are compatible with the chemical you’re storing by using chemical compatibility guidelines. Make sure these containers are properly sized and secured.
  • Ensure each container has a hazardous waste tag. Remove other labels, except for the original product label, to eliminate confusion about what’s inside the container.
  • You must request a collection of your chemical waste before certain time and quantity limits are reached. If waste is 90 days old, it must be disposed of. You also must get rid of waste that’s reached a quantify of 55 gallons.

By following these best practices, we can handle the disposal part of the process quickly and with very little hassle. If you have any questions about the proper storage of the chemicals at your facility, one of our waste experts may be able to help.

Types of Chemical Waste

There are four main types of chemical waste that help us determine how to conduct proper disposal. These characteristics are also important for you to pay attention to for the safety of everyone that’s near these chemicals. These categories include:

  • Innocuous aqueous waste – Mild acids and alkalies, hypochlorite solutions, TLC grade alumina and silica and alcohol containing salt
  • Organic solvents – Chloroform, chlorobenzene, ethyl acetate, methane, hexane and methanol
  • Red list – Biocides, cyanides, metal phosphides, fluorides and nitrites.
  • Solid waste – Gloves, syringes, test tubes, centrifuges and other solid materials contaminated by chemicals.

Very special care must be taken with many of these chemicals, especially on the red list, as they can be harmful to the health of any person exposed to them. The person or team┬áresponsible for handling chemicals should also consult updated Material Safety Data Sheets as well as any federal or state laws regarding the usage of chemicals. We’re here to help you with the process in any way we can.

Schedule Chemical Waste Removal with Junk King

At Junk King Marin, we’re dedicated to providing fast, compliant, cost-effective and sustainable chemical waste solutions for our customers. Whether you run a medial laboratory or manufacturing facility, we can pick up your waste on a regular basis so that you comply with safety standards. We can also perform one-time pickups after special projects. Contact us today to speak with one of our experts about your chemical disposal needs.

Is It Time to Recycle Your Appliance?

Appliance Recycling At Junk King, we’re ready to help you recycle your old appliance in a safe and responsible manner, but how do you know when it’s time to get rid of your appliance? The right time for appliance recycling depends on many different factors that are different for each type of appliance. Whether your appliance needs frequent repairs or you’re just ready for the latest and greatest model, we’ll save you time and energy by doing all the heavy lifting and transport. Here are some of the appliances that we recycle at Junk King Sonoma:

  • Air Conditioners – Old, inefficient air conditioners can waste a lot of electricity, so you may want to replace yours if it’s more than 20 years old. We can either help you donate your AC unit or make sure the parts, including the compressor, condenser coils, and electronic components, get reused or recycled for their raw materials.
  • Dishwashers – Dishes that don’t get clean, leaking, and loud noises are just some of the signs that it might be time to recycle your dishwasher. If you just want to upgrade your existing dishwasher for a newer and fancier model, we can help you donate the old one to someone that needs it.
  • Refrigeration Units – Both refrigerators and freezers may be ready to recycle if they are no longer able to hold the right temperature in an efficient manner. Many of the parts and materials may be appropriate for reuse, and we’ll dispose of the waste material, including any ozone-depleting substances, appropriately.
  • Lawnmowers – Some high-quality mowers are designed to last a lifetime, but others only last a few years or a decade. If your lawnmower doesn’t cut the way it used to or is no longer reliable, we’ll recycle it for you.
  • Stoves and Ovens – The most common reason our customers want to recycle their stoves and ovens is for a kitchen remodeling project. In many cases, we can help your stove and oven find a new home so that you can make an upgrade. We know these are very bulky and heavy appliances, and we can do the hard work for you.
  • Microwaves – Non-working microwaves are considered electronic waste which we can take care of for you. If you’re replacing a working unit, we’ll take your microwave and donate to someone who needs it.
  • Water Heaters – Whether your water heater can no longer keep up with the demands of your growing family or has stopped working altogether, it may be time for appliance recycling. These units can be big and bulky and unsuitable for the dumpster, but we can take it.
  • Washing Machines and Dryers – Large advancements have been made in the efficiency of washers and dryers, so you may want to recycle your old units even if they still work. We can also help you recycle your washer or dryer if it’s leaking, noisy, constantly in need of repairs, or completely broken.

Quick and Easy Appliance Recycling

Appliances are heavy and cumbersome, so many homeowners procrastinate when it comes to disposal or recycling. This can cost you a lot of money and even be hazardous to your home and the environment. There’s no need to risk your safety or spend extra time guessing the best way to conduct appliance recycling when we’re ready to do the job at an affordable price. At Junk King, we have professionals in Sonoma ready to handle the job. Schedule an appointment with Junk King for all your appliance recycling needs.