Hazardous Waste Program

Product vs. Waste

From the archives of the Enforcement and Compliance Listserv for Hazardous Waste Generators

Oct. 23, 2006

Waste or Product?

It is an age old question, is that product you are storing or waste you are unintentionally trying to avoid? Even more important than cleaning out your closet at home is frequently going through your facility and checking on the usefulness, condition and age of your products. To prevent confusion when a hazardous waste inspector visits your company, the department has developed a new fact sheet, entitled Waste or Product Determination Guidance . This guide outlines some basic criteria for determining if your product has become a waste. The fact sheet also gives you pointers on how to store your product so it retains its value.

Nov. 3, 2005

Waste or Product? As a generator it is sometimes very difficult for you to dispose of an expensive product once it is past its usefulness. But it is important to make that call so that you avoid storing a hazardous waste at your business. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether a product is really a waste:

Other factors can and will play in your decision to consider a product a waste. It is a good idea to keep a regular inventory of your products, check all containers for labels, and visually inspect the condition of your containers.

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