Clean Harbors provides comprehensive environmental, industrial and emergency response services to all areas of United States and Canadian government.

We offer contracted services such as routine tank cleaning as well as emergency response to events such over-the-road spills, chemical releases or disaster recovery following a major storm. And, we safely handle every aspect of waste cleanup, packing, transportation and disposal.

Clean Harbors has the largest network of Company-owned and operated waste treatment and disposal facilities throughout North America. Combined with our more than 35 years of experience, manpower, resources and geographic reach, Clean Harbors is well equipped to provide turnkey solutions to handle the challenges faced by government and state agencies, military bases and public officials. 

Government Services We Provide

  • Waste Disposal Services
  • CleanPack® Laboratory Chemical Packing
  • Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management
  • Decontamination
  • Demolition and Dismantling
  • Emergency Response 
  • InSite Services
  • Large-Scale Waste Removal and Disposal Projects
  • Explosives Management
  • Reactive Material Services
  • Remediation Services
  • Tank Cleaning


Waste Disposal Services

Waste Disposal Services


Waste Disposal

Clean Harbors Waste Disposal Services provide the widest range of treatment and disposal options in the industry for all of your hazardous and non-hazardous waste. 

Unmatched in North America, our facilities provide services for all of the United States, Canada, northern Mexico and Puerto Rico. We handle drum and bulk hazardous waste in liquid, solid, semi-solid, sludge and gas forms.

When choosing a hazardous waste disposal company, your disposal needs are our business. We’ll work hard for your business.

One Call Handles All of Your Hazardous Waste Disposal Needs

Organizing multiple vendors is costly, time-consuming and it can leave gaps in your hazardous waste program that increase your risk or leave you open to problems with compliance.

Employing the most advanced technologies, we provide a single source for all of your hazardous waste disposal needs, making the entire process easier, safer and more cost-effective. From PCBs to cyanides and explosives, our hazardous waste removal services handle it all through a highly coordinated truck, rail and ship transportation network.

CleanPack® Laboratory Chemical Packing

CleanPack® Laboratory Chemical Packing


 Our chemists access a database with more than 150,000 unique chemicals for laboratory chemical packing.
Our chemists access a database with more than 150,000 unique chemicals for laboratory chemical packing.

Clean Harbors proprietary CleanPack Laboratory Chemical Packing services provide proper recognition, handling, packaging, transportation and disposal of laboratory chemicals. We also perform laboratory relocations, closures and cleanouts.

Clean Harbors can manage virtually any chemical found in a laboratory environment including:

  • RCRA and non-RCRA chemicals
  • TSCA, DEA, radioactive, mixed waste and universal waste 
  • Biological and etiological chemicals
  • Compressed gas and cylinders 
  • Toxic, flammable, oxidizer, organic peroxide and corrosive materials 
  • Pyrophoric, gases, aerosol, unknown, reactive, explosive and shock-sensitive materials 
  • Ethers, THF, dioxane and sodium azide


Throughout the chemical packing and disposal process, our skilled chemists help ensure your compliance with the latest EPA, DOT, TDG and Environment Canada regulations and record-keeping. 

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Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management

Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management


 We are the only company in North America able to provide complete management of all types of compressed gas cylinders.
We are the only company in North America able to provide complete management of all types of compressed gas cylinders.

Clean Harbors provides safe, cost-effective Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management and disposal. 

Clean Harbors highly trained specialists―who meet rigid personnel qualifications―handle all types of cylinder projects from the removal of a single lecture bottle to large-scale, multi-phase cylinder remediation efforts. We manage a wide range of liquefied, non-liquefied and dissolved gases, including hydrogen cyanide, anhydrous hydrogen cyanide (HCN), tetrafluorohydrazine (TFH), pentaborane and incompatible mixtures. And we have the unique ability to design and manufacture custom compressed gas cylinder equipment to meet your needs.

Download Cylinder and Compressed Gas Management Services Brochure 

Specialized Equipment and Expertise 

Using state-of-the-art personal protective, project and safety equipment, our experts evaluate your situation and safely package and remove cylinders from your site. When materials are potentially unsafe to ship, Clean Harbors will mobilize a team of cylinder specialists to your location where they can:

  • Contain leaking or damaged cylinders
  • Test and identify unknown materials 
  • Manage both portable and fixed tanks
  • Handle inherently unstable and high-hazard cylinders

Safety Training 

All of our specialists undergo Compressed Gas Emergency Response Training (CGERT) certification, a rigorous technical course that provides advanced training on industrial and specialty gas emergency response. 




 We have performed thousands of decontamination and facility closures from small single buildings to multi-building expansive facilities that require decontamination for mercury, lead, PCB and other contaminants.
We have performed thousands of decontamination and facility closures from small single buildings to multi-building expansive facilities that require decontamination for mercury, lead, PCB and other contaminants.

Clean Harbors offers Decontamination services for a wide range of circumstances by removing, neutralizing or destroying any harmful substance. 

Whether you operate an oil refinery, a processing plant, a medical lab or any type of industrial facility, decontamination is critical to safe and efficient plant management. Clean Harbors has the technical expertise, manpower and equipment to decontaminate all sizes and types of facilities and waste. We provide Decontamination services for:

  • Heavy metals and chemicals 
  • PCBs and oil 
  • Individual chemical tanks and large plating tanks
  • RCRA closure of hazardous waste storage areas
  • Animal waste matter and rodents
  • Biohazards and pathogens (such as avian influenza)

Download Fact Sheet (Decontamination Services)

Proven Techniques

  • Manual scraping and use of high-efficiency particulate air filter vacuums 
  • Decontamination with bleach or other specialty chemical solutions 
  • Pressure washing 
  • Use of HEPA-negative air machines 

When the health of your staff and function of your business depend on thorough, expert decontamination, contact Clean Harbors. 

Demolition and Dismantling

Demolition and Dismantling


 We routinely handle demolition and dismantling of partial or total building or plant structures.
We routinely handle demolition and dismantling of partial or total building or plant structures.

Clean Harbors provides Demolition and Dismantling services in both emergency and scheduled situations. 

Organizations may require demolition and dismantling services for a host of reasons, including renovating or expanding facilities. Whatever the case, Clean Harbors Demolition experts have the technical skills and project management expertise to safely demolish and remove any structures, equipment and other building materials. Specific applications include:

  • Removal of process equipment, tanks (including underground tanks) and piping
  • Removal of reinforced concrete, structural steel, walls and floors
  • Demolition and disposal of contaminated building components
  • Demolition of compromised structures in emergency situations

EH&S Services

Whatever the demolition or dismantling project, Clean Harbors maintains its focus on safety and compliance. We obtain the proper permits, consult engineering disciplines, implement a site health and safety plan and mobilize the equipment and manpower to get the job done quickly, safely and in compliance with all regulations. 

Finding a company to perform demolition isn’t difficult. But, if you’re looking for highly skilled experts who not only demolish but also transport and dispose of waste materials while ensuring regulatory compliance, then Clean Harbors is your first and only call.

Emergency Response

Emergency Response


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Clean Harbors responds to more than 13,000 emergencies each year.

With more than 100 response locations in North America, Clean Harbors has the manpower, equipment and technical expertise to manage any size environmental emergency on land or water.

When evaluating emergency response companies, know that Clean Harbors can rapidly deploy experienced, fully certified workers to meet the needs of any incident in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico.

  • Emergency spill clean up
  • Over-the-road incidents 
  • Punctured lines 
  • Tank overflows 
  • Leaking drums 
  • Saddle tank spills 
  • Large pipeline ruptures 
  • Mercury spills
  • Biological and infectious materials 
  • Ship groundings 
  • Tanker truck rollovers 
  • Chemical and hazardous material spills 
  • Oil spills
  • Hurricane, earthquake and storm damage 
  • Emergency lab packs
  • Homeland security and terrorist attack responses
  • Releases in warehouses and distribution centers
  • Excavation of buried drums and cylinders

Download Clean Harbors Emergency Response Resource Book for US
Download Clean Harbors Emergency Response Resource Book for Canada (English)
Download Clean Harbors Emergency Response Resource Book for Canada (French)
Download Emergency Response Brochure
Download Fact Sheet (Emergency Response Services)
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Rapid Response and Containment

Varying by the response, spills typically can be contained within the first few hours, with minimal remediation in the next 48 hours. Clean Harbors works under all local, state and federal guidelines (EPA, OSHA, USCG, etc.) when performing containment and cleanup. Waste for off-site disposal is packaged and prepared for shipment to a waste treatment and disposal facility. 

Emergency Preparedness

Clean Harbors Emergency Response experts can provide guidance on emergency management, operations, planning, logistics and more. Our Standby Emergency Response Coverage ensures that you have the necessary coverage and response in the event of an environmental emergency.

Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO)

Under the U.S. Coast Guard’s OSRO Classification Program, Clean Harbors holds Captain of the Port ratings for facilities and vessels in 56 ports throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 

Emergency Operations Center

Clean Harbors operates an Emergency Operations Center where duty operators certified in DOT and RCRA can help you 24/7. One number, one call: 800.645.8265

InSite Services®

InSite Services®


Clean Harbors InSite Services is a branded on-site/in-plant service delivery program through which we provide a full range of environmental, industrial and waste management offerings. This signature program is built on safety, quality, efficiency and integrity—and has been offered by Clean Harbors for over 20 years.

By leveraging Clean Harbors expertise and capabilities, our on-site staffs are dedicated to developing the safest, most cost-effective solutions to service customers’ needs. This includes collecting and packaging waste materials, managing satellite accumulation areas, cleaning in-plant locations and running RCRA treatment processes.

One Source. More Resources.

A Clean Harbors InSite partnership delivers process improvement and cost savings opportunities, thus allowing you to maximize your profitability by focusing on your core business needs. 

InSite Services We Provide

  • Chemical waste pickup
  • Solvent can management
  • Laboratory inspections
  • SAA inspections
  • Administrative support
  • Safety equipment inspections
  • Biohazard container management
  • Radiological services
  • Laboratory cleaning
  • Laboratory moves
  • Bulk storage tank management
  • Consolidation and lab packing
Large-Scale Waste Removal and Disposal Projects

Large-Scale Waste Removal and Disposal Projects


 Clean Harbors increases efficiency and reduces transportation costs by engineering unique ways to offload dump trailers into rail-cars.
Clean Harbors increases efficiency and reduces transportation costs by engineering unique ways to offload dump trailers into rail-cars.

Clean Harbors is equipped to handle all aspects of large-scale waste removal and disposal projects.

Clean Harbors provides off-site transportation, landfill and incineration disposal services for soil and other contaminated media from remediation activities. We also can assist contractors and project managers with support services including groundwater disposal, investigation derived waste (IDW) disposal, rolloff container management and many other services.

Our portable truck-to-rail services provide the most economical and safest method of overland bulk waste transportation. Our custom truck-to-rail loading ramps make it much easier to manage material shipment from your project site to a Clean Harbors treatment and disposal facility.

Waste Types Handled 

  • RCRA hazardous waste 
  • Listed hazardous waste 
  • TSCA, RCRA/TSCA and CERCLA waste (including Mega-Rule) 
  • Non-hazardous waste 
  • Halogenated VOCs and non-halogenated VOCs 
  • Halogenated SVOCs and non-halogenated SVOCs 
  • Inorganic waste 
  • Reactive waste 
  • Petroleum contaminated waste 
  • Explosives
Explosives Management

Explosives Management


Clean Harbors Explosives Management services provide risk-free disposal of explosives and management of reactive waste at our EPA-approved thermal treatment facilities. Our Colfax, Louisiana, thermal treatment facility is the only commercial RCRA Part B, Subpart X permitted explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) facility in the United States. 

Clean Harbors provides strict quality control for EOD. Our methods not only meet but exceed government requirements, eliminating the risk of costly waste rejections. We also ensure timely approvals, quotes and schedules.

Materials Handled and Industries Served

Federal/State/Local Governments

  • Confiscated articles including fireworks, ammunition and manufactured explosives 
  • Propellants and rocket motors 
  • Riot control articles and flares

Engineering and Consulting

  • Explosives/propellants from demilitarization operations 
  • Rocket motors and missile propellants 
  • Explosive contaminated debris 
  • Items stemming from oil field services 
  • Shape charges, jet perforation guns, detonators and cartridges


  • Airbag inflators 
  • Initiators 
  • Aircraft ejection systems 
  • Explosives/propellants

Chemical and Specialty Chemical

  • Explosives
  • Explosive contaminated debris 
  • Detonation cords 
  • Propellants
Reactive Material Services

Reactive Material Services


 We work with many universities and colleges throughout the country.
We work with many universities and colleges throughout the country.

Clean Harbors provides a wide array of Reactive Material Services to ensure secure chemical management and safe disposal of unstable and explosive materials.

Clean Harbors has extensive experience working with unstable and shock-sensitive materials, as well as managing disposal of explosives and materials restricted from transportation. With a vast transportation fleet and permitted transfer storage and disposal facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, we provide turnkey reactive material services. 

Reactive Material Services require specialized expertise and diverse techniques to ensure safety and compliance. Clean Harbors deploys multiple approaches to fulfill these goals.

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Container Evaluation 

Clean Harbors has standard operating procedures for the proper identification and evaluation of shock-sensitive, peroxidizable and unknown reactive materials. We follow strict evaluation criteria including age, storage conditions, exposure, contamination and stability.

Chemical Stabilization 

Clean Harbors understands the disadvantages of controlled detonation and has developed sound chemical stabilization techniques that enable us to manage the following types of potentially unstable materials (along with others on a case-by-case basis):

  • Peroxide-forming compounds 
  • Temperature-sensitive compounds 
  • Organic peroxides 
  • Shock-sensitive compounds 
  • Multi-nitrated compounds 
  • Azides

Remote Container Opening Procedures 

Our Reactive Material specialists take every precaution and limit the handling of hazardous and potentially unstable materials. We use specially designed equipment for all reactive remediation and stabilization projects, including pneumatically driven machinery that can remotely open a container.

Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment 

Our state-of-the-art engineering controls include devices such as:

  • Trailer-mounted blast deflection units
  • Portable remote openers with bomb blanket and safety circle
  • Custom-designed remote drum openers
  • ATF Type III Blasters day boxes

Our personal protective equipment protects our employees from high heat, flames and explosions and includes:

  • Fire proximity suits
  • Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) protective search suits
  • Riot helmet, Kevlar® vest, and Nomex® coveralls (standard issue)

Unknown Compound Fingerprint Analysis

Our CleanPack® chemists provide fingerprint analysis for unknown compounds within lab pack-sized containers provided that the materials pass our safety evaluation. If these materials fail the evaluation and are suspected to be shock-sensitive, unstable or reactive, they must be remotely opened and tested before packaging.

Remediation Services

Remediation Services


 Clean Harbors can manage your remediation project from start to finish.
Clean Harbors can manage your remediation project from start to finish.

Clean Harbors Remediation Services handle large-scale, complex site cleanup projects and environmental construction needs for the public and private sectors. We can remediate any location to meet corporate or regulatory cleanup requirements.

Clean Harbors provides comprehensive on-site Remediation Services for a plant or facility expansion, an idled facility or a decommissioned process. If you are closing a process, a building or an expansive facility in order to sell the property, remediating a brownfield or repurposing property, Clean Harbors has the solution.

  • Coke oven dismantlement and closure 
  • Landfill construction, capping and collection systems
  • In situ, ex situ treatment 
  • Soil solidification, stabilization 
  • Excavation and disposal 
  • Decontamination, decommissioning, demolition 
  • Integrated remediation systems construction and management 
  • Hazardous and special waste management
  • Manufactured gas plant remediation 
  • Mining site remediation 
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Sediments remediation
  • Remedial systems configurations for site-specific cleanup criteria
  • Refinery projects

Whatever your remediation needs, Clean Harbors has the manpower, enviromental equipment and expertise to not only get the job done but also exceed expectations. 

Tank Cleaning

Tank Cleaning


We can clean tanks of any shape and size, even tanks located inside buildings or at a remote location.
We can clean tanks of any shape and size, even tanks located inside buildings or at a remote location.

When you need your mud tank cleaned, you can’t afford to wait around.

Clean Harbors is your one-source solution, quickly and efficiently cleaning your mud tanks utilizing our hydrovac technology and experienced crews. Supported by deep resources, we can also bring in hot water and vacuum trucks.

We can clean tanks of any shape and size, even tanks located inside buildings or at a remote location. Our equipment ensures the rapid, safe and complete removal of solids and liquids from tanks.