There are various practices and operations on MCAS Miramar that generate hazardous waste. Some of those practices/operations include:
- Aircraft and Vehicle Maintenance
- Aircraft and Vehicle Fueling Operations
- Facilities Maintenance and Repair
- Medical Clinics Operations
- Oil or Fuel Spill Cleanup
- Auto Repair Facilities
- Training Exercises
Multiple waste streams may be generated within each of these practices. For commonly generated waste streams there is a protocol to follow for proper management and disposal. These instructions are available in the Waste Protocol Sheets.
Click here: Waste Protocol Sheets.
Some common wastes generated on station include:
- Oil Rags
- Absorbent Pads
- Aerosol Cans
- Used Oil
- Used Antifreeze
- Lead Acid Batteries
- Paint and paint debris
- Universal Wastes
- Regulated Medical or Bio hazardous Wastes
- Contaminated Fuels
Hazardous waste accumulation, if not performed within regulatory guidelines, can pose serious threats to the environment if one or more of the accumulation containers (drums, buckets, bins etc.) ruptures or otherwise is no longer capable of retaining the waste. If these containers can no longer retain the waste as intended, these waste can mix with other potentially dangerous (to personnel or the environment) chemicals or come into contact with personnel, contaminate a body of water or result in ground contamination.