Retail Operations

Retail operations covers a broad range of activities related to the management of retail facilities. In this context, we are covering store level activities that consumers don’t usually see such as store maintenance, waste and recycling, storage tanks, equipment, and building maintenance. These areas all have aspects that have environmental impacts and may be covered by federal, state or local regulations. Just about all the RCC resources have some aspect that pertains to retail operations.

Retail Operations Resources

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Emergency Changes to Consumer Bag Regulations

Summary of states that in response to disruptions caused by COVID-19 have suspended enforcement or delayed implementation of regulations that ban retailers from giving out plastic consumer bags.

COVID-19 State Bottle Redemption Regulations

Summary of states that have suspended enforcement related to the take back of containers in response to the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Compliance & Enforcement Status of State Environmental Regs

Summary of current state actions altering standard compliance and enforcement protocol in response to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Managing Environmental Compliance During COVID-19 Webinar

Webinar of the most recent Retail Compliance Center content related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 FAQ on Sanitation/Disinfectant – Products

FAQ exploring questions related to sanitization & disinfectant products that are new to your business or used, managed and sold in greater quantities.

Energy Management Store Operations COVID-19 FAQ

FAQ covering energy management related questions for companies operating during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Environmental Compliance FAQ on Hazardous Waste

FAQ discussing some considerations on hazardous waste compliance with new situations that may arise as retailers cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Shopping Cart Disinfectant & Stormwater Regulation

FAQ addressing several environmental compliance concerns that have arisen during COVID-19.

COVID-19 FAQs on Medical Waste for Retail Facilities

FAQ providing information on what is considered Regulated Medical Waste and requirements for these new waste streams.

U.S. EPA Set to End Enforcement Discretion Policy

The RCC highlights the U.S. EPA's announcement to end their discretion policy and the status of state enforcement and inspections.

Introductory Resources

Store Operations

Environmental issues related to all aspects of retail operations including maintenance, hazardous materials, boilers, pest management, HVAC and more.

Storage Tanks Regulations

Regulations for environmental management of above ground and underground storage tanks, primarily for petroleum storage including SPCC plans.

Hazardous Materials Transportation

Regulations covering the transportation of materials that are considered hazardous materials by DOT such as aerosols and cleaning products.

Detailed Regulatory Resources

Lithium Batteries Fact Sheet

FAQs on requirements for shipping lithium batteries.

Program Management

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for Retail

Guidance on how to optimize or develop an Environmental Management Systems in the retail industry.

Retail Energy Management Leadership Model

RILA's Retail Energy Management Leadership Model that provides a roadmap to help retail energy managers optimize their energy programs.

Retail Sustainability Leadership Model

Tool for retail sustainability executives to identify the management practices that will drive improved corporate and environmental performance.

Compliance Leadership Model

Compliance model intended to help retail companies optimize and benchmark environmental compliance programs.

Introduction to Environmental Regulations for Retail

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