EPA Proposes Change to Hazardous Waste Classification

In March, the EPA issued a proposed rule that would reclassify used aerosol cans from a hazardous waste to a universal waste. Currently, most waste aerosol cans that are not empty are regulated as hazardous waste because they exhibit a hazardous characteristic, such as ignitability, or because they contain an RCRA-listed chemical substance. Currently, used aerosol cans are subject to strict cradle-to-grave regulatory requirements, which includes: limits to onsite accumulation times and volumes, manifest requirements, and land disposal restrictions.

EPA expects the new rule, if finalized, to ease the regulatory burden for companies, especially retailers since aerosol cans oftentimes make up a large percentage of their hazardous waste stream. Additionally, four states, California, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, already regulate aerosol cans as universal waste, and two other states, Ohio and Minnesota, have proposed adding aerosol cans to their universal waste regulations.

Universal Waste Aerosol Can Rule: What it Means 

Under the revised rule, aerosol cans would be subject to fewer labeling requirements, could be stored onsite in greater quantities and for up to one year, and would not count towards a company’s hazardous waste generator status. While this would mean that discarded aerosol cans also could be consolidated at central locations and transported without a hazardous waste manifest, Department of Transportation, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and local fire code requirements would still apply. Additionally, compressed gas containers and propane cylinders would be excluded in the regulatory definition. EPA is accepting comments on the proposed rule through May 15, 2018.

Learn More about Waste Management

Whether it’s hazardous, universal or municipal solid waste or even recycled materials, Cority’s Waste Management Solution was built to help companies manage their waste and recycling streams from cradle-to-grave. To learn more about how we can help you streamline and standardize regulatory compliance, waste inspections, manifesting, and internal and external reporting,
contact one of our environmental experts today. 

About the Author

Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen, MS is the Product Marketing Manager responsible for Cority's Environmental and Safety initiatives. Before taking this role, Ian was Cority's Environmental Product Manager, where he was responsible for developing Cority's Environmental Compliance and Data Management Suite. Prior to working with Cority, Ian was an environmental specialist at Florida Power & Light Company, a NextEra Energy, Inc., company, where he led the development, implementation, and management of various environmental management systems and programs. Ian is well versed in the development of enterprise environmental management information systems and is a subject matter expert in corporate sustainability, including program development, annual reporting and stakeholder communications. Ian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Science, both from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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