The EPA has established stringent guidelines that determine legitimate recycling practices versus what it considers to be illegitimate or “sham” recycling of hazardous wastes. The framework for the proper management of hazardous wastes is provided and regulated under the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). One of the most important aspects of hazardous waste management, recycling, is often one of the most misunderstood. A hazardous secondary material is recycled if it is used or reused, reclaimed, or used in disposal and burned for energy recovery. During this process, the EPA has identified certain practices that constitute what it considers “sham” recycling. Some examples of “sham” recycling include using heavy metal sludges in concrete when such sludges do not beneficially contribute to the concrete’s properties and using recycled wastes in the production of products that results in much higher concentrations of hazardous constituents than would normally be found in such a product. Good recycling practices reduce the consumption of raw materials, pollution, and the volume of wastes that must be generated and disposed of; however, inherent risks associated with hazardous waste recycling are ultimately the burden of the generator. For more information regarding legitimate versus “sham” recycling of hazardous wastes, please click here.
Were you aware that NYC has an environmental mascot? The 2-D Monk parakeet, Birdie, was created by the Bloomberg administration in 2007 to promote sustainability. NYC has over 13 different mascots pushing a variety of agendas and doing public outreach. Birdie regularly posted photos around town pushing green habits. According to a recent New York Post article, the symbolic bird may have seen its last days. Apparently Birdie has quite a social media following! As stated by GreeNYC, 45 percent of New Yorkers were familiar with Birdie’s image in a survey. It will be interesting to see if the mascot will be seen again walking the streets of NY. For more information on GreeNYC and its sustainability agenda, please click here.
A soil management plan details the processes by which excavated soil is to be disposed of. Various agencies have different titles for soil management plans. The Department of Transportation (DOT) refers to them as Contaminated Material Handling Plan (CMHP), the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) refers to them as Environmental Anticipatory Boring Plan (EABP), and the New York School Construction Authority (NYSCA) refers to them as an Excavated Materials Disposal Plan (EMDP). No matter the agency or title, having a soil management plan is an essential part of development. It outlines in detail essential site-specific plans for the disposal of excavated soil. Some of these essential procedures include, but are not limited to, pre-excavation utility surveys, waste characterization sampling of the material to be disposed of, coordinating disposal facilities and waste transporters, etc. Soil management plans are also accompanied by a detailed site-specific Health & Safety Plan (HASP) to be adhered to by on-site personnel during soil removal. Athenica has a long history of composing P.E. certified soil management plans that meet and exceed industry standards. For more information on this, you may contact A.J. Infante, Project Manager of the HazMat Department.