US EPA Releases Proposal to Move Aerosol Cans to Universal Waste Status

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) has issued a proposal to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. This proposed change, once finalized, would benefit the wide variety of establishments generating and managing hazardous waste aerosol cans.  This includes not only the screen print sector, but also the retail sector by providing a clear, protective system for managing discarded aerosol cans. The streamlined universal waste regulations are expected to ease regulatory burdens on those establishments that discard hazardous waste aerosol cans; promote the collection and recycling of these cans; and encourage the development of municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors.

Comments on this proposal are due by May 15th. SGIA is working to develop comments to submit to the Agency.  Sign up to recieve the most up-to-date regulatory and legislative information about specialty imaging.

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