Hazardous Waste

GemChem, Inc. operates a fully permitted 10-day hazardous waste storage facility in Lititz, PA. We are regulated by the PA DEP under Permit # PAD009439662. We strictly follow PA DEP guidelines and, will assure proper storage until transported to an approved TSDF for final treatment or disposal. All GemChem, Inc. employees have completed Hazwoper (Hazardous waste operations) training initially upon hire and, also annually via an 8-hr refresher certification course.

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it dangerous, or capable of having a harmful effect on human health and the environment. Under the RCRA program, hazardous wastes are specifically defined as wastes that meet a particular listing of description or that exhibit a characteristic of hazardous waste. (I.e. Ignitable, Corrosive, Reactive, or Toxic properties) Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can include discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes.

Types of Hazardous Waste as defined by EPA

  • Listed Wastes: Wastes that EPA has determined are hazardous. The lists include the F-list (wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes), K-list (wastes from specific industries), and P- and U-lists (wastes from commercial chemical products).
  • Characteristic Wastes: Wastes that do not meet any of the listings above but that exhibit ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity.
  • Universal Wastes: Batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment (e.g., thermostats) and lamps (e.g., fluorescent bulbs).
  • Mixed Wastes: Waste that contains both radioactive and hazardous waste components.

Hazardous Waste Examples

  • Presswash Solvents
  • Paints & Thinners
  • Laquer Thinners
  • Caustic Soda
  • Acids
  • Laboratory Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Stillbottoms
  • Gasoline and/or Benzene
  • Labpacks
  • Plating Sludge/Waste

As a generator of hazardous waste, one should properly identify the type of generator as one of the following: Conditionally exempt small quantity, Small quantity, or Large quantity generator. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations have been established to set forth basic standards for all hazardous waste generators. They can be found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 261.5 and 262.

If you are unsure of what type of waste you have or may be generating, we can help you characterize and properly classify the waste for proper disposal.

Additional information regarding Regulatory guidelines on Hazardous waste can be found on the EPA website:

Laboratory and Chemical Waste

Lab waste is commonly referred to as a Labpack. GemChem, Inc. will identify, label and properly package lab chemical waste for proper disposal according to classification. We bring all necessary supplies and packaging to your business, school, or laboratory to handle, treat and package the waste.