Latest roundup of hazardous waste regs & penalties

Most treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs) will choose to send hazardous waste manifests electronically. 

After all, e-reporting is simpler, costs less because it eliminates paper and postage costs, and should save everyone time.

Of course, that’s assuming all the kinks were worked out of the e-manifest online portal, scheduled to go live on June 30.

Paperless is mandatory by 2021

TSDFs that prefer to stick with paper copies and snail mail should keep in mind:

• Mailed manifests won’t be accepted after June 30, 2021.

• Top sheets of manifests need to be sent as an image file or PDF.

• New manifest forms must be used for paper submissions after June 30.

• Five copies of manifests instead of six are now required.

Dumpster-dives prove fruitful

Throwing out hazardous waste paints, batteries, pesticides and the like with common trash brings hefty fines for facilities that get caught (see cover story for related info).

Now regulators are ramping up fines on businesses caught throwing out customers’ records.

For example, Auto Nation, owner of 57 dealerships in California, didn’t shred or otherwise destroy customers’ records before tossing reams and reams of it in the trash.

Add that to the hazwaste being thrown away – partially filled aerosol cans, used oil filters, auto fluids and motor oil – and regulators rang up $3.3 million in fines.

Home Depot also got dinged for not shredding customers’ info a few months back. The retail giant was slammed with a $21 million fine.

 

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