More on EPA's New Rule on Definition of Solid Waste

US EPA estimates that about 5,000 facilities will be impacted by the Agency's final rule, which among other things establishes four mandatory legitimacy crtieria.  The goal of this final rule is to allow eligible spent materials to qualify for exemptions under hazardous waste regulations. Adoption of the legitimacy criteria grants US EPA a greater, up front role in verifiying the legitimacy of third party recyclers.  Companies and recyclers will need to demonstrate the following mandatory critieria:
  • makes a useful contribution to the recycling process
  • produces a valuable product
  • is managed as a valuable commodity
  • is comparable to a legitmate product
As this final rule is considered a deregulatory action, states will be required to adopt their own rules and regulations to take advantage of this final rule.  SGIA will keep the industry updated as this rule moves forward.
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