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Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste regulations are found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR), Parts 260 - 270 and 761. In addition to all applicable Federal requirements, MCAS Cherry Point is required to follow the State of North Carolinas Department of Environmental Management's Rules and Regulations for Hazardous Waste Management and Marine Corps Order 5090.2A.The Hazardous Waste Program includes the storage, transportation, disposal and tracking of all hazardous and special wastes generated through-out the MCAS Cherry Point.

Resource Conservation Recovery Act's goals are to:

  • Protect us from the hazards of waste disposal

  • Conserve energy and natural resources by recycling and recovery

  • Reduce or eliminate waste, and

  • Clean up waste, which may have spilled, leaked, or been improperly disposed

Manager: 252-466-4591

Technicians: 252-466-7059 / 252-466-5480 / 252-466-5546 / 252-466-5747

What Makes a Waste Hazardous?
Wastes and Materials are considered hazardous if they have one or more of the following properties:

  • Flammable / Combustible: Can be easily set on fire.

  • Explosive / Reactive: Can detonate or explode through exposure to heat, sudden shock, pressure or incompatible substances.

  • Corrosive: Chemical action can burn and destroy living tissues or other materials when brought in contact

  • Toxic: Capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation or skin absorption. Some toxic substances cause cancer, genetic mutations and fetal harm.

Signal words
Labels of hazardous products are required by federal law to list signal words.

  • DANGER or POISON - indicate that the product is highly toxic, corrosive or extremely flammable.

  • WARNING or CAUTION - indicate that the product is moderately or slightly toxic

General categories of hazardous products
Thousands of consumer products are hazardous, but for ease of remembering, they can be broken into the following general categories:

  • Automotive products - Examples: gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, car wax and cleaners, lead-acid batteries, brake fluid, transmission fluid.

  • Home improvement products - Examples: paint, varnish, stain, paint thinner, paint stripper, caulk, adhesives.

  • Pesticides - Examples: insecticide and insect repellent, weed killer, rat and mouse poison, pet spray and dip, flea collars, mothballs, disinfectant, wood preservative.

  • Household cleaners - Examples: furniture polish and wax, drain opener, oven cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, spot remover, bleach, ammonia.

  • Other - Examples: household batteries, cosmetics, pool chemicals, shoe polish, lighter fluid, prescription medicines, arts and crafts materials.



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