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Industrial wipes rule moves forward

Industry News | October 1, 2014 | By:

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is working state-by-state to promote the adoption of an EPA rule that clarifies the handling and disposal of solvent-contaminated industrial wiping cloths. To date, nine states—Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia—have implemented it. Officials in the majority of other states indicate they plan to adopt the rule, which better levels the playing field between non-laundered wipes and rags, and laundered shop towels. The EPA rule creates a conditional exclusion from the definition of hazardous waste for non-laundered wipes and a conditional exclusion from the definition of solid waste for laundered wipes if they meet certain standards.

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