The Classification, Nomenclature, and Tagging of Generated Waste (CONTROL) Act that was enacted in October 2007 requires the post-consumer and nonhazardous waste generators to generate, package, label, receive, treat, transport, and dispose of their wastes in the most economical manner possible. Generators will no longer be able to store waste under their directional control until they have generated the waste and are able to package and dispose of it in the most economical way. The Waste Prevention Act, mandates that if the generator reaches or exceeds the generator category restrictions, the fail-safe for selected waste streams, Material of Particular Concern (MPC), will be increased from 15 days to 45 days, and double the annual quantity to be reported.
In other major revisions, technology based generator categories have been eliminated, having been deemed to be a “foundational classification” by EPA, leaving only the five waste stream categories (solid, medical, hazardous, construction and escrow), and multiple specific wastes, and the EPA is proposing to adopt specific waste generation rates for each waste stream from the Solid Waste Abatement Act for the first time. All nonhazardous waste generators are required to provide post-consumer and nonhazardous waste on a continuous basis, and generators can no longer use multiple generator categories to mix their waste streams. Generators must package wastes into multi-unit containers to make it easier for handlers to understand or monitor the generator’s waste stream. The 94 percent waste packaging requirement applies only to nonhazardous solid waste generators, but hazardous waste generators can opt to comply by submitting composites, such as blends, which will no longer result in a violation of hazardous waste regulations. Nonhazardous construction waste has specific packaging requirements, and hazardous waste is required to be packaged in solid-containing containers. Liquid waste generators will no longer produce 100 percent volatile liquids, but must dispose of 5.0 percent of their waste as hazardous liquid wastes, and must package liquid wastes. Medical waste generators will be required to produce 5.0 percent of their waste in a medical waste treatment plant, and will be required to package all solid waste in a medical waste treatment facility, or have a medical waste treatment system that reduces waste to a solid particle size necessary for transport. d2c66b5586