EPA Issues New Rules for Some Solvent-Contaminated Rags

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new rules excluding some rags from the definition of solid or hazardous waste, potentially saving auto glass companies money. Many auto glass companies utilize rags in the replacement and repair process.

“Many solvent contaminated wipes that are cleaned and reused are excluded from the definition of solid waste and many solvent contaminated rags that are disposed of are excluded from the definition of hazardous waste,” according to a recent report.

The EPA offers a chart explaining what solvents are included in the exemption, as well as what rags. The chart also describes proper management needed to meet the exemptions.

The report notes that some states have rag regulations which remain in place. Auto glass companies need to remain in compliance with state regulations.

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