Hazardous Waste Program

Solvent-Contaminated Rags

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

Sept. 19, 2005

A variety of industries from garages to print shops produce solvent contaminated rags. Are you disposing of rags properly? If the rags are determined to be a hazardous waste the same hazardous waste regulations apply to the management of solvent contaminated rags, including labeling, keeping solvent contaminated rags in closed containers, disposal, etc. Some solvent contaminated rags can pose a fire risk due to potential ignitability. To learn more about it, check out the department's technical bulletin, Solvent-Contaminated Rags PUB146 .

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