Sustainable Services

Clean Harbors is keenly aware of the role the Company plays in the environmental, energy and industrial services industries regarding the use and management of our valuable natural resources. We have developed numerous programs and initiatives to ensure that all operations comply with environmental policies, and we focus on activities that will improve the company’s and our customer’s impact on the environment.

As an environmentally conscious company, we are committed to recycling and reclaiming wastes using a variety of methods.

Solvent Recycling

Clean Harbors offers a full range of solvent recycling options.  We provide recycling services, where the product is recycled to our high quality specifications and made available for sale.  Our tolling programs provide a closed loop cycle in which the customer’s spent solvents are recycled to their precise specifications and returned directly to them.  learn more »

Used Oil Re-Refining

As the largest re-refiner of used oil, every year Safety-Kleen returns more than 135 million gallons of used oil to the marketplace as clean, pure motor oil and associated by-products. Their state-of-the-art processes allow us to fully realize oil’s amazing capacity to be recycled and reused indefinitely with no loss of quality.  learn more at »

Chemical Recycling & Reuse Program

Our chemical recycling and reuse program provides a comprehensive step-by-step approach that evaluates customers’ R&D and manufacturing operations and pursues opportunities for waste reuse, recycling, or reclamation.  Whether a waste stream is sold “as is,” recycled, or reused, the impact on the environment is minimized.  learn more »

Fuel Blending

Clean Harbors’ fuel blending operations process waste solvents, paints, thinner, and other high BTU liquids, sludge, and solids to be used as an energy source in the manufacturing of cement.  This alternative fuel replaces the use of coal, oil, and other fossil fuels as an energy source.  learn more »

Capabilities to Support Customer-Driven Needs: Ozone Depleting Substance Destruction

Clean Harbors has the ability to incinerate Montreal Protocol identified ozone depleting substances. These substances have high global warming potentials and, in some cases, contribute over 10,000 times more to global warming than carbon dioxide.  The compounds include typical refrigerants such as CFCs and HCFCs, fire suppression chemicals such as Halons, and Carbon Tetrachloride.

Used Oil & Oil Products Recycling

Through Safety-Kleen and Clean Harbors oil recycling services collect and process used oil, oil water mixtures, automatic transmission fluids, antifreeze, oil filters, and absorbent material for beneficial reuse and enables thousands of businesses to stay in balance with the environment and reach their sustainability goals.  learn more »

Electronic and Obsolete Equipment Recycling & Disposal Services

When electronic equipment becomes obsolete or nonfunctioning, it can be recycled and disposed of to conserve natural resources and to protect the environment.  With Clean Harbors’ unique process, equipment is de-manufactured and hazardous components are identified and removed for proper disposal.  Materials for recycling are then segregated and economically managed for recycle value, all in accordance with the applicable regulations.  learn more »

Light Bulb Recycling Services

Clean Harbors processes all types of fluorescent bulbs including straight, round, and u-shaped tubes.  The recycling process separates the metal, glass, and mercury-containing phosphors.  All components of the bulb are either recycled or reused offering a responsible alternative to landfill.  learn more »

Universal Waste Management

We promote proper recycling, treatment or disposal of universal wastes including batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing thermostats and lamps.  We also design and operate collection programs for federal and state regulated universal wastes.  learn more »

Household Hazardous Waste Services

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste (HHW) per year.  The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of HHW in the basement, garage, and storage closets.  Clean Harbors conducts thousands of HHW collection events each year for state, provincial, local, and private agencies throughout North America.  One-day events, multiple collections, regional and statewide collections, pesticide and paint collections, and permanent facilities are a few examples of our services, which help secure a safe and healthy environment for your community.  learn more »