The very notion of transporting hazardous waste to Mexico conjures up images of hazardous waste drums buried in the Sonoran desert, polluted waterways teeming with toxic sludge, or payoffs to shady inspectors who look the other way.
One of the best kept secrets in the hazardous disposal industry is the opportunity that generators have to legally transport their hazardous waste streams to Mexico.
When companies hear the words transport your hazardous waste to Mexico, the first thought for many is negative. Doing anything in Mexico these days can seem like a bad idea, but transporting hazardous waste across the border can appear to the uninformed to be a downright risky proposition.
HAZARDOUS WASTE EXPORT PROCESS
Many waste generators that believe exporting their hazardous or non-hazardous waste is possible, still think the process is difficult and time consuming. Generators that believe you simply can't export hazardous waste out of the country, just don't know have all the facts.
Fear that exporting their hazardous waste will come back to bite them, tends to leave a lot of waste generators fearful of even approaching the subject. Others just want to place their heads in the sand, like our fella to the right, and refuse to even talk about the possibilities. Questions like, "Is it really legal to export my waste," or "I still have all the liability, right?" are questions that surface quite often.
ARE THERE HAZARDOUS WASTE REGULATIONS IN MEXICO?
There is a common misperception that when it comes to industrial standards and environmental regulations Mexico represents the Wild West (or south in geographic terms). Hazardous waste generators in the United States have always shown concern about transporting their waste over the border.
How to Legally Transport Your Hazardous Waste to Mexico
The notion that you could legally transport any form of waste let alone hazardous waste into Mexico, for most generators or transportation companies, was a myth for many years.