New York Proposes Adding Two Universal Wastes

Posted on 11/14/2022 by Roger Marks

proposed rule published on November 9, 2022 would add two new universal wastes to New York’s state hazardous waste program—aerosol cans and paint.

If finalized, the rule will streamline the management of these two common wastes in New York and encourage recycling and proper disposal. The proposed rule revises Part 370 of 6 NYCRR to add aerosol cans and paint to the existing list of universal wastes.

The rule would amend the state generator requirements to exempt these wastes from many typical hazardous waste management requirements when they are properly managed under new universal waste standards.

The proposed rule also adds definitions for key terms “aerosol can,” “architectural coating,” and “paint.” The definitions of “universal waste” and “universal waste handler” will be modified to include the two new universal wastes.

The text of the proposed changes is available here. 

NYSDEC will accept public comments on the proposed universal waste rule until January 17, 2023. A public hearing on the proposal will be held on January 11 at 2 PM ET, via Webex.

Key definitions, a summary of proposed requirements, and instructions for submitting public comments appear on the following page:

Adding Aerosol Cans & Paint to the Universal Waste Regulations (

Current Lion Members can find more details about this proposed rule in the Member Bulletin published to the Member Area on November 14.

New York Proposes Adding Two Universal Wastes

NY Hazardous Waste Management Training

Lion will present the final New York Hazardous Waste Management Webinar of the year on Wednesday, November 16. The one-day webinar is designed to help satisfy NYSDEC's annual training mandate for hazardous waste personnel and covers the latest unique, additional hazardous waste management requirements for generators in New York State. 

Can't join us live? This training is also available in a self-paced online course format. 

Tags: aerosols, hazardous waste, New York, paint, RCRA, universal waste

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