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By: Stericycle
Sep11

States are continuously working toward adapting the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule in order to reach compliance. The final rule consists of more than 60 changes to the hazardous waste generator regulations that identify and clarify existing requirements and ultimately improve the environment. The rule also allows for increased…

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By: Stericycle
Sep11

At large retail facilities, aerosols have accounted for up to 40% of the items managed as hazardous waste. However, in February of 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added aerosol cans to the federal universal waste list, allowing generators to manage aerosol products with the less complicated universal waste requirements.…

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By: Stericycle
Sep08

The Illinois Pollution Control Board has adopted a final rule amending the regulatory requirements governing the shipments of special waste. The final rule was published in the Illinois Federal Register on July 31, 2020, and went into effect on July 20, 2020. The final rule no longer requires Illinois special waste…

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By: Stericycle
Aug25

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ending the enforcement discretion policy it put into place in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Aug. 31, 2020, the EPA will return to pre-COVID enforcement guidelines, and any non-compliance from that point on will not benefit from the discretionary terms…

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By: Stericycle
Aug19

With decades of experience implementing the hazardous waste generator regulatory program and working with states and other stakeholders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noticed inconsistencies and a lack of flexibility in the regulations. In response, the EPA’s final Hazardous Waste Generator Rule was put into effect, providing needed flexibility,…

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By: Stericycle
Aug18

Often, a natural disaster requires an emergency response for fuel, chemical or hazardous waste spills. In addition, critical tasks such as identification of unknown substances, spill containment, proper waste handling and clean-up are critical during this time. Unfortunately, too many businesses focus more on how to address the aftermath of…

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By: Stericycle
Aug17

Consumer commodities refers to products produced for retail applications made of or containing chemicals categorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as hazardous. These include items like drain cleaners, perfumes, small arms ammunition, aerosol cans and many other products. While these products may be safely used in households, the…

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By: Stericycle
Jul27

Harsco Corporation, a global market leader providing environmental solutions for industrial and specialty waste streams, and innovative technologies for the rail industry, today released its 2019-2020 Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Report highlighting the company’s corporate sustainability accomplishments throughout 2019 and the first half of 2020. The report includes a…

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By: Stericycle
Jul20

In December 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a Final Rule to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the Universal Waste (UW) Program under the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. The Final Rule, which went into effect on Feb. 7, 2020, is less stringent than previous aerosol regulations, which…

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By: Stericycle
Jul20

The hazardous waste generator regulatory program was first put into effect in 1980, and the past 40 years have resulted in updates and improvements to the program to allow for more clarity, consistency and flexibility. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule amends hazardous waste…

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