FAQs

Q: What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. It can be a liquid, solid, contained gaseous material, or sludge. One example might be the byproducts of the manufacturing processes. Hazardous wastes are sometimes shipped to or from other countries for treatment, disposal, or recycling because there are countries that can benefit economically from importing the waste when it provides raw materials for recycling or when it provides used products that can be refurbished and reused.


For more info:
U.S. EPA - Information about Transboundary Shipments of Hazardous Wastes
https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/information-about-transboundary-shipments-hazardous-wastes
 
Q: How are U.S. imports and exports of hazardous waste managed?

When hazardous waste is shipped across multiple countries there can be a higher risk of mismanagement from unsafe transport, recycling and disposal practices. Therefore, importers and exporters of hazardous wastes must comply with applicable domestic laws and regulations, the relevant international agreements, and regulations established by the other countries involved in the imports, exports, and any related transit of the hazardous wastes.


For more info:
U.S. EPA - Information about Transboundary Shipments of Hazardous Wastes
https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/information-about-transboundary-shipments-hazardous-wastes
Q: Where exactly does RTS export hazardous waste to?

Recognized Trading & Shipping is an agent of HongJing Resource Co., Ltd. located in South Korea. They specialize in recycling and reprocessing hazardous waste in a manner that has a positive impact on the environment and also provides a pipeline of necessary alloys back to industries that rely heavily on such alloys.

Q: Why are companies exporting hazardous waste?

Exporting hazardous waste wasn't always a commonality, but has become a pivotal part of hazardous waste disposal. Currently few, if any, recycling/reprocessing plants are located in the USA, and the alternative may be a mislabeled chemical making its way to a landfill. Thankfully companies overseas specialize in techniques that take an environmentally friendly approach in efficiently reprocessing said waste.

Q: Are the techniques used by RTS and HongJing common in this kind of recycling / reprocessing?

Spent catalysts typically contain metals like Molybdenum(Mo), Cobalt(Co), Nickel(Ni), Vanadium(V), Iron(Fe), and Aluminum(Al) typically in the form of metal oxides. So this waste can be recovered and used for repurposing in catalysts, or simply by companies within the metal industries.

As oil production continues to rise, when considering lower costs associated with these reprocessing techniques coupled with the ability to recover higher amounts of metal oxides - while providing a cleaner more sustainable impact on the environment - it has motivated companies to take this approach and invest in further exploration of environmentally conscious methodologies.

Q: Is there a CHWMEG Facility Review Report, or other third party audit information, available on HongJing Resource Co.?

Yes, CHWMEG performed their most recent audit of HongJing Resource Co. in June of 2019 (Report Number: H2126.0). For additional information on the report, a CHWMEG description of HongJing's services, or other information compiled by CHWMEG on HongJing Resource Co. please reference the link below.

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