The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized regulations (“Increasing Recycling: Adding Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations”) on Nov. 15, 2019, and published them in the Federal Register on Dec. 9, 2019. These regulations allow for the management of hazardous aerosol can wastes under the universal waste portion of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste rules (40 CFR 273).
The Aerosols as Universal Waste Rule became effective on Feb. 7, 2020, in non-authorized states and must be adopted in authorized states.
Clean Earth is tracking the rulemaking process for the states to show when the rule is effective, as well as the interim steps such as draft regulations and public comment periods.
West Virginia is the latest state to adopt the final rule, which goes into effect on July 1, 2021. We are excited that West Virginia has adopted the rule because Clean Earth’s aerosol recycling plant is located in Morgantown, West Virginia and brings even more opportunity for us to manage aerosols as Universal Waste through the facility. Clean Earth's hazardous waste facility in Morgantown, West Virginia, is a Part B permitted TSDF, capable of receiving a large variety of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes in drums, totes and bulk. Our treatment, disposal and recycling process combine leading edge concepts with proven technology to provide reuse and recycling options without higher costs. Capabilities include the processing and recycling of aerosol cans, paints, and traditional consumer household products, in metal, plastic and even glass containers. With the ability to batch process and isolate equipment systems, we can process waste and non-waste materials based on customer needs. Learn more here.
Anticipated rulemaking before July 1, 2021
Anticipated rulemaking after July 1, 2021
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