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Special Waste

Solve your manufacturing waste and food waste disposal needs


Rely on us for assistance with off-specification (or off-spec) waste profiling, audits and compliance
Whether you’re a plant manager, environmental compliance specialist or business owner, you can count on guidance from an advisor who’s not only experienced in food and manufacturing waste services, but who also understands the specific waste challenges of your business.

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► Special Waste Profile Form

Food and Manufacturing Waste is Special Waste

Every day, grocery stores across the U.S. must dispose of tons of expired foods that can’t be sold, such as dairy products, juices and meats. All expired consumer products must be handled as special waste, including prescription drugs and chemicals, or off-specification beer, wine and spirits.

But off-specification products are not limited to expired goods. Food processing and industrial manufacturing waste are also considered special waste types. These include fish and meat processing waste and food processing wastewater, as well as wires, plastics, cables and microchips. Certain nonhazardous, unpackaged liquid wastes also must be specially handled.

Our Services for Off-Specification Product Disposal:
  • Comprehensive audits and smart solutions to identify and manage your specific food or manufacturing waste
  • Safe transport of your waste to one of our state-of-the-art disposal facilities
  • Regulatory updates made available on federal, state and local regulations that impact your operations
  • Process improvements within your system to minimize material waste, improve pollution prevention efforts and save you money

Ready to find great solutions for your off-specification waste? To get started, request services now

Complete Business Solutions

Waste stream consultation, recycling programs and rentals of dumpsters and other containers are just some of the trusted solutions Republic Services delivers each day.
Uniquely Qualified Special Waste Partner

Republic Services’ national network of hauling divisions, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills are available to meet your evolving waste and recycling needs.
Other Services

If you’re looking for a wide range of
cost-effective collection, recycling and disposal solutions, look to Republic Services to handle all of your needs.


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