Four Steps to Compliance
Step 1: See if your state has adopted the EPA’s new rule
“Wipes must be accumulated, stored and transported in non-leaking, closed containers that contain free liquids, should they occur.”
Containers must also be clearly labeled as Excluded Solvent-Contaminated Wipes.
Step 2: Make sure there are no free liquids in the container
Loose solvent in the container is hazardous waste.
“Wipes must contain no free liquids prior to being sent for cleaning or disposal and there may not be free liquid in the container holding the wipes.”
“Free liquids removed from the wipes or from the wipes container must be managed according to applicable hazardous waste regulations in 40 CFR parts 260 through 273.”
Step 3: Dispose of the wipes within 180 days
Wipes may be accumulated up to 180 days on site prior to being sent for cleaning or disposal.
Eligible laundering: A facility “regulated under sections 301 and 402 or section 307 of the Clean Water Act.”
Eligible disposal: A municipal landfill “regulated under 40 CFR part 258 (incl. 258.40)” or “hazardous waste landfill regulated under 40 CFR parts 264 or 265.”
Eligible incineration: A combustor “regulated under section 129 of the Clean Air Act” or “hazardous waste combustor, boiler or industrial furnace regulated under 40 CFR parts 264, 265 or subpart H.”
Step 4: Keep simple records
Records must be maintained to capture the following:
1. Name and address of the cleaning or disposal company where the wipes are sent.
2. Waste collection dates to show that the wipes are not being accumulated for longer than the 180-day limit.
3. A description of the process the generator is using to meet the requirement for no free liquids.
The New Rule Is Win-Win
The new solvent-contaminated wiper rule can simplify the way you manage your contaminated wipes while saving you thousands on disposal each year. And it’s a win-win for business and the environment according to Mathy Stanislaus, EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response:
“Today’s rule uses the latest science to provide a regulatory framework for managing solvent-contaminated wipes that is appropriate to the level of risk posed by these materials. I’ve heard directly from stakeholders about the benefits of this rule and the need to finalize it. The rule reduces costs for thousands of businesses, many of which are small businesses, while maintaining protection of human health and the environment.”
Get more information on the EPA’s new wiper rule:
A Quickstart Guide — a straightforward infographic that allows you to review, decide upon, and implement the new
EPA’s Best Practices Guidelines — tons of info on how you can utilize the new Wiper Rule to your maximum
advantage – see the final rule, a summary chart, a recent webinar, FAQs and more.
Details— on the new rule, historical perspective and info on implementation at the state level.
FAQs — the most commonly asked questions…and solid answers.
EPA’s state level adoption status map— shows which states have/have not adopted the new EPA rule.