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Ohio EPA recently introduced a new conditional exemption for hazardous waste contaminated wipes and apparel that are laundered and returned for reuse. The exemption includes - but is not limited to - rags, mops, drop cloths, and apparel (for example, gloves, uniforms, smocks and coveralls), which can be made of woven or unwoven and natural or synthetic materials (fabric, leather or rubberlike material). Because many of these contaminated textiles are intended to be cleaned on-site or sent to a laundry or similar facility for cleaning, they may be excluded from the hazardous waste regulations provided the facility that generated the material meets all conditions of the exclusion.
All of the following conditions must be met to meet the exemption.
Ohio EPA hosted a webinar on Feb. 20, 2019 explaining this new rule. The recorded webinar can be viewed on Ohio EPA’s YouTube Channel. The final rules can be accessed at epa.ohio.gov/derr/derrrules/rcra#176615082-effective-rules. You may also find the guidance document The Management of Solvent-Contaminated Wipes and Other Textiles Laundered for Reuse helpful.
Questions? Contact the Hazardous Waste Compliance and Inspection Support Unit in the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization at (614) 644-2924.
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