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Hazardous Waste Disposal in Washington D.C.

Hazardous waste disposal in Washington DC is provided by ADCO Environmental Services. ADCO specializes in offering waste management services for both hazardous waste disposal as well as radioactive waste disposal for the entire DC Area.

ADCO is a full-service waste management company serving The Washington DC area which offers turnkey cradle to grave waste disposal services for all types of hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams you may find at your facility even including radioactive waste. ADCO offers a wide range of disposal and treatment options for all of metropolitan Washington DC.

Hazardous & Radioactive Waste Disposal Options for Washington D.C.

ADCO has disposed of nearly every type of waste that could be generated in and near Washington D.C. since it has been in business. Some waste management services offered to waste generators in and near The Capitol are chemical waste profiling, lab packing, Oil waste pump-outs, hazardous waste disposal, and radioactive/nuclear waste disposal. Regardless of if you a very small quantity generator (VSQG) or a large quantity generator (LQG), ADCO specializes in properly disposing of special wastes in the Washington D.C. area and is ready to assist you with your waste disposal needs.

ADCO can supply all types and sizes of USDOT approved shipping containers needed to ship your waste or we can help you locate a container supplier you may use on your own! We can even offer you with overpacking options if your shipping container the waste is contained in is not roadworthy and in need of being replaced.

ADCO Can Assist Washington D.C. Generators

Often, we hear from waste generators around The Capitol City that they are in very complex situations when it comes to disposing of their waste such as: having the waste contained in drums that are considered odd-ball size in nature, drums containing unknown contents, and projects where local or federal agencies have become involved. ADCO is here to manage your project from beginning to end and our promise is to only dispose of your waste at a fully licensed and insured waste processing facility.

Washington DC Has a One Stop Shop

If you’re not sure how to create the paperwork needed to ship your waste out, this is not a problem. ADCO’s staff can prepare your hazardous waste profiles as well as shipping manifests for you! Our staff has prepared thousands of waste profiles over our years in business and we are very familiar with the process of shipping hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste profiles are prepared in-house by our staff which has many years of experience when it comes to working with waste processors and we will work to get the profiles approved quickly at a licensed processing facility. Once the waste profiles are approved, we will work with you to schedule a mutually agreeable time to have the waste removed from your facility for disposal.

We Specialize in the Following Services in Washington DC:

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • Lab packing / Laboratory Cleanouts

  • Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • Radioactive Waste Disposal

  • Servicing Industrial Clients

  • Spill Clean-Ups

  • Waste Remediation Projects

  • Summary for Those Looking to Dispose of Hazardous Waste in Washington D.C.

    Disposing of hazardous waste in Washington, D.C., involves following specific guidelines and using designated facilities and programs to ensure safe and compliant disposal. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to properly dispose of hazardous waste in Washington, D.C.:

    1. Identify Hazardous Waste

    Hazardous waste includes items like:

  • Batteries

  • Paints and solvents

  • Pesticides and herbicides

  • Household cleaners

  • Motor oil and antifreeze

  • Electronics (e-waste)

  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes

  • Medications

  • 2. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events

    The District of Columbia Department of Public Works (DPW) holds HHW collection events where residents can drop off their hazardous waste for proper disposal. These events are usually held monthly at the Benning Road Transfer Station.

    Location: Benning Road Transfer Station
    3200 Benning Road NE
    Washington, D.C. 20019

    First Saturday of each month (except holidays) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    3. Permanent Drop-off Locations

    Some hazardous waste items can be taken to permanent drop-off locations. For example:

  • E-waste: Retail stores like Best Buy and Staples often accept electronics for recycling.

  • Medications: Drop-off kiosks at local police stations or participating pharmacies.

  • Batteries and fluorescent bulbs: Some hardware stores and retail locations accept these items.

  • 4. Specific Disposal Instructions

    For certain hazardous waste items, follow these specific instructions:

  • Paints and Solvents: If latex paint is fully dried out, it can be disposed of with regular trash. Oil-based paints and solvents should be taken to HHW events.

  • Motor Oil and Antifreeze: Many auto service stations and auto parts stores accept used motor oil and antifreeze.

  • Household Cleaners: If possible, use up these products entirely. Otherwise, bring them to an HHW event.

  • 5. Check with Local Authorities

    Always verify the disposal procedures by contacting the District of Columbia Department of Public Works (DPW) or visiting their official website. They provide updated information on hazardous waste disposal, including any changes due to COVID-19 or other factors.

    6. Recycling Programs

    Utilize local recycling programs for items like electronics, batteries, and bulbs. The DPW website offers resources and information on recycling programs throughout the district.

    7. Commercial Hazardous Waste

    If you are a business or organization, you must comply with federal and district regulations for hazardous waste disposal. Contact ADCO Environmental Services for guidance on proper disposal methods.

    By following these guidelines, you can ensure that hazardous waste is disposed of safely and responsibly in Washington, D.C., protecting both the environment and public health.