New Universal Waste Rules Effective Dec. 21

On December, 8, 2017 Ohio EPA adopted Ohio-specific universal waste rules allowing hazardous non-empty aerosol containers, hazardous antifreeze, hazardous paint and hazardous paint-related wastes to be classified and managed as universal waste.

The OMA successfully led the effort for this major change. The rules become effective on December 21, 2017. A final copy of the rules are posted on the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization website.

The new Ohio-specific universal wastes will be subject to provisions that are tailored to address the risks the wastes may pose. The requirements include: labeling, tank and container standards, limited treatment provisions, accumulation time limits, employee training, emergency response and transportation according to U.S. Department of Transportation rules.

Also, universal wastes do not count towards a generator’s monthly hazardous waste accumulation rate and they are not required to be manifested as a hazardous waste in Ohio or reported on the generator’s hazardous waste biennial report.

Congratulations to the OMA members who led this successful effort! 12/14/2017