The EPA has issued a new ruling that conditionally excludes solvent-contaminated wipes from hazardous waste regulations. This ruling is effective January 31, 2014.
This is good news for industrial manufacturers and commercial businesses that may have been confused by whether or not they should be disposing of solvent-contaminated wipes as hazardous waste. “Under the final rule, reusable and disposable solvent-contaminated wipes are excluded from regulation under RCRA Subtitle C provided certain conditions are met.”
The certain conditions to properly manage and dispose of solvent-contamined wipes and rags are listed below:
- The wipes must be contained in non-leaking, closed containers.
- The wipes must not contain trichloroethylene.
- The containers must be able to contain free liquids, and be labeled “Excluded Solvent-Contaminated Wipes.”
- Accumulation is allowed up to 180 days prior to being sent for cleaning or disposal.
- No free liquids present in the container at the time of transport for cleaning or disposal.
- Generators must maintain documentation that they are managing excluded solvent-contaminated wipes and keep that documentation at their site.
- The wipes must be managed by a handling facility that meets required regulations. Examples include an industrial laundry that discharges under the Clean Water Act, a municipal solid waste landfill regulated under 40 CFR part 258 or a municipal waste combustor regulated under the Clean Air Act.
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References – Federal Register Article – Conditional Exclusions from Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes
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