Changes to the Definition of Solid Waste Under RCRA

EPA published a final rule that revised several recycling-related  provisions associated with the definition of solid waste used to  determine hazardous waste regulation under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 
  • EPA is retaining the exclusion for hazardous secondary materials that are legitimately reclaimed under the control of the generator, with certain revisions
  • EPA will allow higher-value solvents transferred from one manufacturer to another for the purpose of extending the useful life of the solvent by remanufacturing the spent solvent back into the commercial grade solvent.
  • EPA has codified in its regulations the long-standing policy that hazardous secondary materials found to be sham recycled are discarded and solid wastes.

(1/13/15; 80 FR 1693)

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