[RCRA 40 CFR 261.6] Recycling of Hazardous Wastes
As discussed in the Reg-of-the-Day (Reg
of the Day June 9, 2004
identifies the requirements for recycling of hazardous waste, and
states that the recycling process is exempt from RCRA regulation.
Imagine a facility that uses two hundred gallons of isopropyl alcohol (IPA)
every week in a cleaning process, and then ships it off-site for recycling
or disposal. In either case, this spent IPA would be a hazardous waste. Every
month, on average, they purchase about 866 gallons of IPA, then pay transportation
and disposal costs for that 866 gallons.
Now imagine purchasing and installing a still to reclaim this IPA on-site.
Even if they only reclaim 75% of this spent IPA, they will be re-using 650
gallons a month, reducing the amount of product IPA purchased each month to
216 gallons. They will also save 75% on transporting and disposal costs. Factor
these savings into the cost of purchasing and installing a recycling unit,
and recycling of this IPA becomes less expensive.