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Based on: 40 CFR 261 - Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste 40 CFR 266 - Standards for the Management of Specific Hazardous Wastes and Specific types of Hazardous Waste Management Facilities 40 CFR 273 - Standards for Universal Waste Management 40 CFR 279 - Standards for the Management of Used Oil Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Languages: English

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Some hazardous wastes contain certain precious metals, including gold, silver, platinum, palladium, iridium, osmium, rhodium, and ruthenium. There are reduced requirements for recovering these wastes as long as there is an economically significant amount of metal and it is efficiently recovered. People that handle special lead acid batteries prior to recycling are not subject to hazardous waste regulations to encourage recycling. However, the recycling facility owners are subject to regulations similar to hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities when storing batteries prior to treatment. Burning hazardous wastes such as used solvents for energy recovery can cause air emission hazards. So there are specific operating standards for these units. Combustion units require a permit and they must maintain performance standards according to the boiler and industrial furnace regulations.

RCRA - Special Wastes and Other Requirements

Training Time: 37 minutes

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed by congress in 1976 to manage hazardous wastes. RCRA regulations apply to any company that generates, transports, treats, stores, or disposes of hazardous waste. Some hazardous wastes can be safely recycled. Recycling is an excellent way to manage hazardous waste if it can be done legitimately because recycling can avoid environmental hazards and protect natural resources. Most hazardous waste that is recycled is still subject to the full hazardous waste regulations, but some materials are exempt or subject to special regulations. Recycling facilities are not subject to hazardous waste regulations except when storing in containers or tanks prior to recycling. Recycled materials fall into a special category of waste. The regulations for recycling hazardous waste depend on the material and the recycling process.

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All containers or waste materials must be properly marked to identify the type of universal waste

If used oil is mixed with any amount of a listed hazardous waste, then it must be treated like a hazardous waste and not a used oil

Some wastes are exempt from RCRA regulations because they can be recycled safely or they are covered by other environmental regulations

Learning Objectives

  • Identify special wastes
  • Explain why some wastes are exempt from regulation
  • Describe special waste recycling standards
  • Identify the four categories of universal waste
  • Describe universal waste requirements
  • Define used oil
  • Describe used oil requirements
  • Describe the properties of asbestos and the requirements for asbestos disposal
  • Describe PCBs and their disposal regulations
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RCRA - Special Wastes and Other Requirements FAQs

What processes have special recycling standards?
Use constituting disposal, precious metal reclamation, spent lead-acid battery reclamation, burning for energy recovery

What are the four recycling legitimacy factors?

  1. Hazardous secondary material must provide a useful contribution to the recycling process or product
  2. The recycling process must produce a valuable product or intermediate
  3. Hazardous secondary material must be managed as a valuable commodity
  4. The product of the recycling process must be comparable to a legitimate product or an intermediate

What is Universal Waste?
Universal wastes come from a variety of sources, not just industrial processes. Universal wastes include batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and bulbs

What is considered used oil?
Used oil is any oil that has been refined from crude oil or any synthetic oil that has been used and is contaminated with impurities

Can used oil be burned for energy recovery?
Yes, but it must be tested to determine the concentration of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and total halogens

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