When most of us think of hazardous waste, we typically think of large volumes of dangerous chemicals stored in steel drums. It may surprise you then, that almost all retail facilities generate some waste that could be considered hazardous. This is because under the regulations there are many household products that are considered hazardous waste when damaged, expired or unsaleable. While consumers can throw these products in the trash, retailers cannot and are required to follow strict hazardous waste procedures.
What does this all mean for retailers? Stores may be subjected to the same hazardous waste generator regulations as a steel mill or chemical plant. Not only are these regulations (developed with drastically different industries in mind) burdensome, but they can be difficult to implement and an even bigger challenge to comply with across multiple states.
So What Can Retailers Do?
The Center for Retail Compliance, an initiative of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), has launched a Spring Hazardous Waste Webinar Series and eLearning focused on helping retailers understand their responsibilities, navigate the complexities of state variations in hazardous waste regulations, and optimize their environmental programs to minimize risk and avoid fines and penalties.
Explore hazardous waste management in retail by registering for the webinar series & taking our brand-new eLearning.