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Rule Amendment Process Begins

Ecology is proposing a package of amendments to the Dangerous Waste Rule, Chapter 173-303 WAC, to incorporate changes made at the federal level and add some state-initiated provisions. Ecology plans to formally propose the amendments later this summer.  Rob Rieck, Washington State Department of Ecology

Required Training - How to Get There

It’s important to have a training program for handling dangerous waste. Good waste training improves safety, prevents serious accidents, and keeps your business in compliance.  Erin Jeffries, Washington State Department of Ecology


New Video Asks “What’s In There?”

How do you know what’s in a box of cereal? You look at the labels. How do you know what’s in a container of dangerous waste? You look at the labels. What happens when the labels aren't there? Workers could be hurt. And, you might get a citation!  Mariann Cook Andrews, Washington State Department of Ecology


How to Manage Universal Waste Lamps

The last issue of Shoptalk carried an article on managing used oil and antifreeze. Here is a follow-up article on managing “Universal Waste Lamps,” specifically fluorescent lights, according to the Washington State Dangerous Waste Rule, WAC 173-303.  Amy Cook, Washington State Department of Ecology



Take the Safer Chemistry Challenge

What is safer chemistry? It’s a commitment to finding and using the safest chemicals possible for a product or process. Safer chemistry is about businesses taking the next step in design and manufacturing. And a new program called the Safer Chemistry Challenge will help businesses take that step.  Andrew Wineke, Washington State Department of Ecology



Small Quantity Generators May Now Treat Their Own Dangerous Waste

Ecology revised its policy for Small Quantity Generator (SQG) businesses that want to treat their dangerous waste on-site. This is known as Treatment by Generator (TBG). Previously SQGs were not allowed to do this, unless the generator withdrew its conditionally exempt status and followed all requirements for regulated generators. Now Ecology has revised that policy.  Rob Rieck, Washington State Department of Ecology


How the State and Federal Regulations Differ

To better protect our valuable water, air, and land resources, Washington State has dangerous waste requirements that go beyond the federal hazardous waste regulations. (Washington uses the term “dangerous waste” to identify wastes the state considers hazardous.)   Aurana Lewis, Washington State Department of Ecology


Don’t be Burned by “DIY” Fireworks

“Do-It-Yourself” fireworks kits ordered off the Internet can have tragic consequences for the user and for the supplier.  Kerry Graber, Washington State Department of Ecology





Sell Waste and Buy Feedstock on Materials Exchange

What could you do with 65 used neoprene wetsuits? How about making glass and wine bottle holders, slipper sole padding, or waterproof bags for kayakers?  Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability