ECAR Fact Sheet for Michigan
Facilities are required to characterize their wastes to determine
if they are hazardous waste, liquid industrial waste, or non hazardous
solid waste. Wastes are classified as "hazardous" if they
have certain characteristics (for instance, if they are flammable,
corrosive, toxic, or reactive) or if the waste chemical or process
that produced the waste are listed in the hazardous waste rules.
Hazardous waste generated by auto recycling/salvage yards
may include (but are not limited to):
contaminated wipers/shop towels
fluorescent bulbs (containing mercury)
antifreeze contaminated with metals, solvents or fuels
oil contaminated with metals, solvent or fuels
If you are managing the waste as hazardous, here are some
of the main requirements:
have to be properly labeled, kept closed except when adding and
removing waste, and handled to prevent releases. The specific
management requirements will depend on how much hazardous waste
is generated in a calendar month.
can only store hazardous waste for a limited time on your site
before sending it to an approved hazardous waste facility. (The
time limit will depend on how much hazardous waste you generate.)
hiring a company, you have to use a permitted and registered waste
hauler to transport the waste off your site and keep required
records or waste manifests of the shipment
a site identification number (sometimes referred to as an EPA
identification number) from the MDEQ Waste and Hazardous Materials
Division prior to shipment.
recordkeeping requirements. For example, waste characterization
records and records of waste shipments must be kept 3 years.
violations found by inspectors and use inspection
forms as tools when doing a self-audit.
More information on handling hazardous wastes.
Specific state-by-state information on hazardous waste rules.
Links to Regulations.
Hazardous Waste Listings
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