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EPA’s Final Rule on Aerosol Cans: Impact on How You Manage Universal Waste - On-Demand

EPA’s Final Rule on Aerosol Cans: Impact on How You Manage Universal Waste - On-Demand

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EPA’s Final Rule on Aerosol Cans: Impact on How You Manage Universal Waste - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to manage waste aerosol cans in the wake of EPA’s newly released final rule classifying such wastes as universal wastes.

The EPA’s final regulation that defines hazardous aerosol can wastes as universal wastes went into effect at the federal level on February 7, 2020. The new rule creates a streamlined way to manage aerosol cans, including those dispensing paints, pesticides, and personal care products.

Up until now, businesses that generate, transport, treat, recycle or dispose of hazardous aerosol can wastes have been required to manage this extremely common waste stream under the full hazardous waste regulations. 

This final rule, which EPA estimates will affect around 25,000 industrial facilities in 20 major industries, is projected to provide an annual cost savings of up to $47.8 million. And, managing aerosol cans as a universal waste will better ensure that aerosol cans are removed from the municipal waste stream, encourage recycling, and reduce an unnecessary regulatory burden for generators and other handlers.

But, while this final rule can be viewed as a “win” for business, there are many questions you need answers to, such as:

  • When will the rule take effect in my state?
  • Can a “RCRA empty” aerosol can be managed under the new regulation?
  • Can aerosol cans be punctured and drained of their contents?
  • Can a non-hazardous aerosol can be managed under the new regulation?
  • Can leaking or damaged aerosol cans be managed as universal wastes?

Use this on-demand webinar with Attorney Aaron Goldberg of Beveridge & Diamond P.C. who will answer these and many more questions on how to manage universal waste aerosol cans at the worksite.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Determine if your aerosol cans are a hazardous waste and therefore a universal waste
  • Understand how to label, store, and ship the aerosol cans
  • Identify the procedures to follow when puncturing and draining aerosol cans
  • Recognize how to package aerosol cans that show evidence of leaking
  • Implement a plan to ensure that you are complying with the new regulation’s requirements


About Your Presenter

Aaron Goldberg

Aaron H. Goldberg, Esq.
Beveridge & Diamond P.C.

Aaron Goldberg, a principal with the law firm Beveridge & Diamond, applies his encyclopedic knowledge of hazardous waste regulatory law to help companies comply under federal law, the law in all 50 states and in and countries all over the world.

He holds an advanced degree in chemistry, has extensive training in economics, and is a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consultant. His unique, multidisciplinary background—law, science, economics, and government—informs nearly every aspect of his work and makes him a useful bridge between attorneys, engineers, business managers, consultants, and regulators.

Goldberg has focused on hazardous waste issues since the beginning of the federal regulatory program in 1980. With this historical experience, he offers clients comprehensive regulatory counsel on hazardous waste matters, including developing compliance strategies, advocating for changes to the rules, challenging agency rulemakings in the courts, applying for permits and variances, and responding to enforcement actions. His clients consist of companies and trade associations in the chemicals, electronics, recycling, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, retail, steel, and mining industries.