Member Feature: US Ecology

Number of Michigan employees


What are some of the products that your chemistry enables?

Our facility in Romulus provides recycling services stormwater management for the recycling of airport deicing fluid and other spent solvents. The facility uses the latest in wastewater technologies and collection methods with our extensive transportation and marketing network, to ensure compliance with local, state and federal discharge regulations.

Our other facilities in Michigan provide essential and state-of-the-art treatment and disposal services for customer’s comprehensive hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Wastes are treated by a series of chemical and physical processes that destroy or remove hazardous constituents. Various treatment methods are used to safely and compliantly manage incoming waste streams through dissolution, reduction, stabilization, filtration, microencapsulation, delisting, oxidation and solidification.

What is something interesting or unique about the site or its history?

US Ecology was founded in 1952 and will celebrate 70 years in the industry in 2022!


What are some examples of notable community involvement or support initiatives that are important to US Ecology?

Locally in Michigan we have participated with Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Rouge, Gleaners, Alkebu-Lan Village and many other community initiatives.

What are some innovations the company has made to improve performance, safety, etc?

Our focus on safety, environmental compliance, and best-in-class customer service enables us to effectively meet the needs of our customers while protecting and preserving the health and well-being of our environment, our Team Members, and our communities.

How has the company worked to improve its sustainability performance?

We contribute to a sustainable environment by providing secure, environmentally protective solutions for the treatment, disposal and recycling of waste generated by industrial processes, households and the cleanup of contaminated sites. We not only help our customers reach their sustainability goals, we seek ways to reduce our own operating footprint.

Our transportation fleet consists of over 1,000 over-the-road vehicles used in the routing and collection of customer waste. US Ecology is in the process of deploying a detailed logistics software program that optimizes routes and provides specific real-time routing assistance. We are also expanding our transportation hub network and modifying permits at many facilities to minimize travel distance on waste collection routes. The Company is committed to continually upgrading its fleet with more fuel-efficient power units and evaluating EV and hydrogen fueled options. We announced in January 2021 that US Ecology is participating in an exciting program with Romeo Power, Inc. to evaluate opportunities for fleet electrification. More efficient routing reduces fuel consumption and combined with continual updates of our fleet to replace older units, is lowering our overall emissions footprint.

Is there anything else you would like others to know about your company?

US Ecology is proud to be the industry leader with the technology and expertise to help you manage per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) waste needs. We help our customers achieve compliance and peace of mind with safe and secure solutions that isolate the PFAS molecule and end the cycle.

Under a contract with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), US Ecology began collecting PFAS-containing aqueous film foaming (AFFF) for shipment to our facility in Idaho where it will be solidified and placed in a licensed hazardous waste landfill. The AFFF was identified through a 2018 Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) initiative to survey and educate fire departments throughout Michigan on the appropriate use and clean-up of PFAS-containing firefighting foam. The states’ $1.4 million effort has led to the collection of over 50,000 gallons of AFFF for disposal.

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