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06/08/2020

P or U? RCRA Waste Codes for Chemical Products

Assigning a P-list or U-list waste code to a discarded chemical product can be complicated and confusing. We walk through the process step by step, and clear up a major misconception. 

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In 1995, US EPA passed the Universal Waste Rule, which created relaxed standards for managing common hazardous wastes like light bulbs, batteries, mercury-containing equipment, and more. While universal wastes are subject to less stringent regulations than “fully-regulated” hazardous wastes, there are still rules to follow to manage them properly. Use this guide to spot and correct common universal waste errors before they result in a notice of violation during a Federal or State inspection.

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