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California DTSC Rescinds Universal Waste Guidance

Posted on 12/31/2015 by Roger Marks

The California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) has officially rescinded hazardous waste guidance which had required facilities to count Universal Waste toward monthly generator status. The move follows new legislation in the California Health & Safety Code (HSC) which allows generators to exclude Universal Waste when calculating the volume of waste generated in a given month.  

Under US EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, Universal Waste is defined as common wastes like batteries, certain pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and lamps. California has expanded on the Federal definition to include electronic wastes like Cathode Ray Tues (CRTs), CRT glass, and aerosol cans.

See the rescinded guidance letter on DTSC’s website here.

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By excluding universal waste from counting toward generator status, DTSC is providing more flexibility for manufacturers and other hazardous waste generators in the State.  Sites that generate 1,000 or more kilograms of hazardous waste (which previously included universal waste) are required to meet stringent management standards, personnel training requirements, and emergency preparedness measures.

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