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July 20, 2011

EPA Proposes New Safeguards for Hazardous Waste Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new safeguards for recycling hazardous materials, modifying its 2008 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule.

Under the proposal:
  • Facilities that recycle on site or within the same company would be subject to enhanced storage and recordkeeping requirements, as compared to the current rule.
  • Companies that send hazardous materials off site for recycling would have tailored storage standards and be required to send materials to a permitted hazardous waste recycling facility.
  • All forms of hazardous waste recycling would be required to meet regulations designed to ensure materials are legitimately recycled and not being disposed of illegally.
EPA will accept comment on this proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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