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Manage Waste for Fiberglassers

Compliance Guidance for Fiberglass Facilities

Fiberglass fabrication uses resins and solvents that are dangerous materials to work with and to live around.  Careful management of these materials and their wastes is essential.  Over a thousand fiberglass fabricators in Washington state means that everyone's responsibility matters.  Little mistakes can add up to big problems. 

Help is here.  Local fire districts, health departments, and the state Labor & Industries Department enforce product-storage rules.  Ecology's inspectors look for dangerous-waste storage and management.  This Web section offers compliance assistance for fiberglassers. 

Common Wastes in Fiberglass Facilities From rags to resins, know what waste is likely dangerous waste.

Label Dangerous Waste discusses the requirement to clearly mark waste containers.

Appropriate Containers for Dangerous Waste discusses containers and container management. Safe, well labeled containers, kept closed, will go along way toward making your inspections smooth.

Which Rules Apply? has an interactive tool to determine generator status.  Many fiberglass-fabrication facilities are small- or medium-quantity generators. The dangerous waste regulations are stricter for those who make more waste.  All generators of dangerous wastes must follow the dangerous waste regulations, however.  

Remember to count:

  • Uncatalyzed waste Resin
  • Initiators & Catalyst
  • Spent Solvent & Still Bottoms
  • Solvated or Residual Resin
  • Waste Paints and Thinners
  • Waste Adhesives, Foaming Agents
  • Paint-booth filters (usually, but test)
  • Solvent-contaminated rags

Related information

Fiberglass Fabrication Topic Hub at the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

A Guide to Fiberglass Operations offers pollution prevention ideas for the fiber-reinforced plastics

Practice Pollution Prevention for Fiber-reinforced Plastics Facilities covers upgrading processes to make less dangerous waste.

Lean and Environment Case Study: Lasco Bathware  Ecology publication

Profile of the Plastic Resins and Man-made Fibers Industry Environmental Protection Agency sector notebook

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program Fiber Reinforced Plastics page

Pollution Prevention for Reinforced Plastics Facilities

Practice Pollution Prevention for Fiber-reinforced Plastics Facilities

General Requirements for Managing Waste

explains the basics of what dangerous waste generators need to know.

Pollution Prevention by Business Type

Practice Pollution Prevention for Fiber-reinforced Plastics Facilities