Challenges of Handling Bulk Materials: Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous waste includes materials that are highly ignitable, reactive, corrosive, or toxic. Handling and disposing of these materials requires a great deal of care including redundant safety measures. The equipment used for handling the waste has to be specialized to meet these stringent standards of safety.

Challenges of Hazardous Waste Disposal

Environmental Control

Dry bulk materials that are ignitable or reactive must be carefully handled to maintain environmental conditions. Small temperature changes or the introduction of moisture to the wrong dry materials could be very dangerous. Dry bulk handling equipment must be air tight and well designed for environmental control.


A closely related challenge is keeping the hazardous waste material contained during the handling process. Many powders tend to aerate or blow in the wind when caught. The result can be toxic clouds of dust contaminating your facilities and vast surrounding areas. So an air tight enclosure can be just as important for keeping your hazardous waste contained as for controlling conditions.


Accidents happen when chemicals are inadvertently mixed that react dangerously with each other. This is a concern when using handling equipment like conveyor belts for multiple materials. Careful records must be kept about what materials are moved on this equipment. In some cases, thorough cleaning can prepare equipment for new chemicals. In other cases, equipment ought never to be used for incompatible chemicals where potentially volatile or toxic reactions may result.

Damage to Equipment

Hazardous materials can be harmful to the equipment used to dispose of them as to people or the environment. Corrosive or ignitable chemicals can damage metal casings and rubber belting that isn't well suited for the job. The result can be sooner than expected replacement costs as well as additional hazardous waste to be disposed of.

Cambelt Hazardous Waste Handling Conveyors

Cambelt engineers have designed customizable conveyor systems that handle each of these challenges with ease. Each component can be customized to meet exacting waste disposal requirements.

Rugged, Versatile Belting - We manufacture our own belts to outperform any others on the market. Our patented one-piece curing method negates the need for gluing or laminating belt plies, sidewalls, or cleats. The result is a conveyor belt that won't come apart prematurely and outlasts other options by three to five times. This means it won't soon become a piece of hazardous waste to be disposed of.

Cambelt belting can be optimized to handle the harsh chemicals and conditions of your operation. Belting structure can be varied to accommodate the highest of angles with specialized cleats and sidewalls no matter the properties of your dry bulk solid waste. The compounds of the belt itself can be optimized for ease of cleaning as well as oil, heat, or fire resistance. Our belting stands up heartily to corrosive materials.

Conveyor Casing and Enclosure - Cambelt custom designs enclosed conveyors for maximum containment and environmental control. Our airtight casings isolate the material from moisture and wind, regulate temperature, and keep in hazardous waste. They can be made from corrosion resistant stainless steel if required. Optional retractable discharge spouts and boot lift for dust-tight fit-ups to railcar hoppers are also available for complete containment.

Cambelt systems are ideal for handling biological, chemical, or low-level radioactive waste. Contact us to discuss the details of your waste disposal needs.

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