In early 2016, The US Environmental Protection Agency issued updated waste regulations called the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule. North Carolina will officially adopt those rules on March 1, 2018. Included in the updated regulations are new requirements for:
- When waste determinations are conducted
- Labeling of waste containers
- Time limits for waste accumulation
- Yearly cleanouts for Remote Facilities (if not on a regular pickup schedule)
- Quick Reference Guide for emergency responders for all waste collection areas on campus
Due to these changes, NCSU is opting in to 40 CFR 262 Subpart K (Subpart K) – Alternative Requirements for Hazardous Waste Determination and Accumulation of Unwanted Material for Laboratories Owned by Eligible Academic Entities. Opting into Subpart K, allows NCSU greater flexibility in laboratory waste management (and areas that support them) and removes the requirement for laboratories to be included in the Quick Reference Guide. Therefore, as of March 1, 2018, all laboratories and areas that support them will now manage their chemical wastes under Subpart K. Non-laboratory areas will manage their waste under the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.
New training classes have been developed for laboratory and non-laboratory waste generators to disseminate information on the new regulations for compliant waste management.
- All Laboratory personnel MUST take the new Laboratory Chemical Waste Management Training which is available on line after February 6, 2018 via Reporter. We will also be conducting in-person training at various locations and times across campus throughout February.
- Preregistration is preferred but walk-ins are also welcome.
- The Non-Laboratory Hazardous Waste Management Training (Facilities, Athletics, Dining, Housekeeping, etc.) will be available online after February 6, 2018 via Reporter. Personnel in those areas mentioned above should retake this training as there are major waste management changes under the new rule. In-person training is available upon request. Contact email@example.com for assistance.
Link to new Laboratory Management Plan
Also, as of March 2018, a new Waste Management software package will be in use. Additional information on the software package will be available in mid to late February.