Every October Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. provides free RCRA/DOT training at the Madren Center on the campus of Clemson University. Participants receive required and certified training regarding the disposal, handling, and transportation of hazardous waste.

If your company produces hazardous waste RCRA/DOT requires specific training for employees. Employees learn the proper way to manage and dispose of hazardous waste. Improper disposal or mismanagement of hazardous waste can result in huge fines. The free training provided by Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. is designed primarily for EHS managers, chemical site managers, and plant engineers.

Attendees learn vital information such as:
● Proper labeling for shipping hazardous waste drums
● How long you can keep waste in a warehouse
● DOT label requirements
● What size of a generator is your company/business
● Waste inspections

Attendees receive a free buffet lunch and certificate upon completion of the one-day training event. Pinnacle Environmental Services is a non hazardous and hazardous waste consulting firm specializing in the disposal and transportation of industrial waste. We focus on waste elimination/minimization, sustainability, zero-landfill and converting waste to energy. The 2020 date to be announced soon!

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

For a few years now some words have become buzzwords for those concerned about the environment, food, nutrition, and those looking to cash in on related issues:


  • Organic
  • Free Range
  • All natural
  • Gluten Free
  • All Natural
  • Recycle

All of these words elicit certain feelings and opinions from consumers, politicians, companies and manufacturers. The feelings run the gamut from: comfort to manipulation; saving to waste; hoax to real; sincere to fake; and application v.s. cheap talk.

Among the most exciting developments within the waste/recycling industry is the waste to energy discipline. Generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste is a win-win for everyone in the waste/recycle/climate discussion. Energy recovery is not only prudent but it can yield a significant cost savings for manufacturers. Put your climate change opinions aside and everyone can agree on saving money wherever possible.

Typically, Waste-to-Energy (EfW) facilities burn/incinerate their solid wastes which produces thermal energy that generates steam to drive turbine electrical generators. The practice lengthens the life of landfills and produces more clean energy. Here are some of the benefits of the EfW process:

  • Reduction of waste going to landfill sites.
  • Reduction of carbon emissions.
  • Reduction of the use of fossil fuels.
  • Electricity and heat can be generated from waste which provide an alternative and more environment-friendly source of energy.

Making Waste into Fuels is a proven and exciting win-win when it comes to the environment. Waste is processed at cement kilns for fuels. Pinnacle Environmental Services works closely with approved facilities providing waste and refuse that would otherwise have gone to landfill. The waste stream generates significant amounts of clean, renewable energy and a reduction in CO2 gasses. Harnessing waste as a form of energy has become the benchmark for success in many solid waste management systems.

When your company is ready to explore ways to reduce their carbon footprint you need to schedule a thorough Waste Analysis Study by a certified environmental service company. Their experts will be thorough and look for ways to help your company find recycling opportunities for all of the waste streams generated by your company’s manufacturing processes.
Waste Analysis Studies help clients identify ways to minimize waste in their production and manufacturing processes. Additionally, they will help find recycling or alternative uses to eliminate or lower the amount of waste going to landfills.
When a plan is in place your company, or organization can market the fact that you are trying to reduce the carbon imprint through recycling and waste to fuel programs. Your company is seen as a responsible corporate citizen exercising community stewardship and improving the quality of life for the community.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services we are committed to helping our customers redirect their waste stream in ways that generate clean, renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gases Zero Landfill is our philosophy, the ultimate strategy in our minds with every Waste Analysis Study we perform.

Our goal is to eliminate waste, not just manage it. We recognize there isn’t a single model that will fit the needs of our diverse customer base. Therefore, we design custom plans that fit the exact needs of every client. So contact us—give us the opportunity to develop a plan for you. You’ll enjoy the comfortable satisfaction in knowing Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. Contact us today.

Terms like sustainability and Total Waste Management/Environmental Management Plan are becoming more common among small business and industry. While the big, Fortune 500 companies have been engaging in sustaining practices and total waste management for some time now, it is being practiced within small business and industry more than ever. Companies are realizing that these practices are good for business and while they may not be able to staff/resource an in-house environmental health & safety (EHS) team like the big players, there are many options available to outsource it to environmental professionals saving both time and money while increasing overall sustainability.

Sustainability is not strictly limited to environmental issues, but encompasses social and economic factors. It can apply to public/private sectors as well as families, or neighborhoods. Sustainability is the way we use technology, the environment, education, business, etc., to insure that resources are not only available now, but will also be available for future generations. The Environmental Protection Agency refers to it as the principle of sustainability: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.

One way a company, or organization can immediately impact sustainability is to have a Total Waste Management Plan (TWMP) in place. This is much more intentional than just setting out recycling containers for plastic, paper, and aluminum. Think of the TWMP as an audit done by environmental experts who understand things like water flow, power usage, waste disposal (hazardous/non-hazardous) and the details and government regulations involving the handling and removal, and transport of each kind of waste, etc.

Environmental and industrial engineers are trained to meet with the company owner(s), or person responsible for operations and go through a wide variety of topics all aimed at reducing overall waste, conserving energy, being a cleaner and greener corporate citizen with an eye on the future.

A Total Waste Management plan is really a partnership between the company and the environmental service provider. A strong firm will sit down and listen to your story, ask questions and evaluate the current situation, needs and desires. They will also note what you are doing well that may even be improved upon. The idea is not to sell a small, medium, or large package, but to personally develop a plan that is custom tailored to your company’s unique context and budget.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services we love helping clients design a company specific Total Waste Management Plan and we even provide training for management and production to make sure everyone understands the changes and new procedures and processes. Contact us today and let us help you discover how you can not only be successful, but be a good steward of resources and meet federal, state and local regulations as necessary.

Mike Watts, President

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.


“… and there are several drums around back that we want you to pick up as well.”
“What’s in them?”
“I’m not sure. The drums have been re-purposed and they’re not labeled. At least one has some kind of green sludge leaking out of it and the boss says they need to go.”

Because we are in the Waste Management business, we expect to see the “ugly” side of business and production environments. Our job is to clear your production facilities and work sites of waste and debris for the health and safety of your employees and to maintain a clean environment as well. In the course of our day-to-day operations, we deal with all kinds of waste materials—including hazardous waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strictly regulates all aspects for dealing with hazardous waste, whether you are the hazardous waste generator, transporter or the disposal site.

As a generator of hazardous waste, you are well aware of the fines and penalties the EPA can impose if your company is found to be in violation of hazardous waste collection and disposal. You may know from your own experience that when an EPA inspector comes on site, your hazardous waste site is probably at the top of the list for inspection.

Is your company ready? Or will your inspector find violations? Read on for some recommended Best Management Practices (BMP) for Hazardous Waste Containers. By following these guidelines, you’ll help us to better help you in maintaining a safer and cleaner work environment. And, you’ll be confident your hazardous waste containers and storage area will be ready for your next EPA inspection.

  • Keep your hazardous waste storage containers in good condition. These should be free of dents, bulges, and corrosion, as well as structurally sound. Consider the volume of waste generated and choose a suitable size container for temporary storage.
  • Ensure your waste won’t react with the container itself. Consult a corrosion resistance guide to determine if the container and waste are compatible.
  • Maintain written procedures for managing filled hazardous waste containers.
  • Keep containers closed at all times, unless you are adding or removing waste from the container.
  • Label each hazardous waste container with the words “HAZARDOUS WASTE” and identify the contents and the date the container was completely filled. Store these containers with the labels clearly displayed.
  • Ensure hazardous wastes are not stored on-site for more than 90 days without a permit. The clock starts when the hazardous container is full. (This is the most common problem found by the EPA: hazardous waste generators failure to meet permit exemption requirements for the temporary storage of hazardous wastes on site.)
  • Maintain appropriate distances between incompatible wastes. Ignitable and/or reactive wastes should not be stored within 50 feet of your property line and they must be managed to preclude fire or explosions. “NO SMOKING” signs must be posted at all areas near ignitable or reactive wastes.
  • Don’t push, roll or drag hazardous waste containers. Use the proper equipment for transport and leave sufficient space between containers to allow for inspection as well as pedestrian or vehicle access.
  • Store hazardous waste containers within a containment area—such as dikes, berms or walls—to provide containment in case of leaks or rupture.
  • Inspect your container storage areas weekly, using a standard checklist to document each inspection and save a copy of each inspection in a notebook. Train your inspectors to look for leaks, container conditions, proper labeling and accessibility. Make detailed notes on the checklist of any problems noted and the corrective action taken.

If you are a client and have questions about any of the waste produced by your company, let us know. Our Total Waste Management Program is designed to work with you for the proper handling and disposal of all the waste materials generated by your company. Pinnacle Environmental Services can help with on-site training for your management and production staff to ensure compliance with all regulations. If you are not a client, contact us for an on-site Waste Analysis Study. Our highly-trained analysts will talk with your management team and production staff to understand your specific needs, then develop a cost-effective, customized waste management plan for you.