Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste management is one of the more significant compliance areas for retailers.  Compliance can be difficult as hazardous waste regulations (at the federal level, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA) were not designed for retail, requirements can vary by state, and some hazardous waste classifications seem to defy common sense. Retailers are responsible of identifying and properly handling, which includes labeling, storage, shipping, tracking, and training requirements, waste that is considered hazardous. This includes unsalable products that may be broken, damaged, expired or otherwise cannot be sold or used and therefore might be considered hazardous waste under federal or state regulations. Depending on the jurisdiction, this can include items such as chemicals, cleaning products, personal care products and pharmaceuticals. Some operational waste such as used batteries, used oil, cleaning products, may also be considered hazardous waste.

 

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Retail Hazardous Waste Program Success for 2022

Retail Hazardous Waste Program Success for 2022

Jeff Scott and Bryan Schultz of US Ecology review the fundamentals of what is required to successfully implement a hazardous waste program in 2022.

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Hazardous Waste Variations by State Matrix

Hazardous Waste Variations by State Matrix

Overview of state variations in hazardous waste regulations under RCRA, including hazardous waste characteristics, thresholds, and universal waste.

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Hazardous Waste Regulations

Hazardous Waste Regulations

Regulations for the proper management and disposal or recycling of hazardous and universal wastes found in retail.

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Retail Hazardous Waste Program Success for 2022

  • Video
  • 09/30/2021

Jeff Scott and Bryan Schultz of US Ecology review the fundamentals of what is required to successfully implement a hazardous waste program in 2022. Learn More

Aerosols As Universal Waste Rule Tracking Matrix

  • Matrix
  • 09/01/2021

State-by-state tracking of adoption of the EPA rule to list aerosol cans as universal waste. Learn More

Compliance with Environmental Regulations in California

  • Video
  • 08/27/2019

Angela Levin, Partner at Troutmans Sanders, LLP, discusses California's complex environmental regulatory structure Learn More

Hazardous Waste Variations by State Matrix

  • Matrix

Overview of state variations in hazardous waste regulations under RCRA, including hazardous waste characteristics, thresholds, and universal waste. Learn More

Pharm Rule State Implementation Matrix

  • Matrix

Tracks state adoption of pharmaceutical hazardous waste regulations, including nicotine. Learn More

Variations In Hazardous Waste Generator Reporting

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Overview of variations in hazardous waste reporting by state for routine periodic reporting and requirements for manifest submissions. Learn More

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