EPA Wiper Rule Compliance
New Regulations for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes
The EPA Wiper Rule (also know as the solvent-contaminated wipes rule) went into effect in January 2014. The rule contains new standards for how to store, manage and transport solvent-contaminated wipes. The purpose of the EPA Wiper Rule is to help keep solvent out of landfills.
Not all states have adopted the EPA Wiper Rule. Please visit the EPA site for a helpful map showing the states where the rule is in effect.
ITU AbsorbTech can help you understand and implement this new regulation. We have prepared an EPA Wiper Rule Guide to walk you through the process. You can also contact our full-time Environmental Engineer for additional compliance assistance, or review the final rule summary chart.
Our Program is Compliant
ITU AbsorbTech’s printer towel processing facilities are Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act permitted and meet the requirements for an industrial laundry outlined in the new Wiper Rule.
Below is a list of where our regulated discharges go, along with our permits.
- ITU AbsorbTech New Berlin, 2700 S 160th Street New Berlin, WI 53151:
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Wastewater Discharge Permit #2458.05
- ITU AbsorbTech Neenah, 945 Apple Blossom Drive Neenah, WI 54956-4511: Menasha Sewerage Commission MSC Permit #NMSC-013-9
- ITU AbsorbTech Titusville, 818 W Spring Street Titusville PA 16354: City of Titusville Non-Domestic Wastewater Discharge Permit #03-D W
EPA Wiper Rule Basics
The Wiper Rule applies to any solvent-contaminated wipe or towel used or stored at your facility. It does not apply to wipes or towels that contain hazardous waste other than solvent or exhibit the characteristics of toxicity, corrosivity, or reactivity due to contaminants other than solvents, such as metals.
Wipes may be accumulated for up to 180 days prior to being sent for cleaning or disposal. This 180-day clock begins the date the first solvent-contaminated wipe is placed in the container.
While accumulating, storing, and/or transporting solvent-contaminated wipes:
- Wipes must be contained in non-leaking, closed containers Containers must be labeled “Excluded Solvent-Contaminated Wipes
ITU AbsorbTech has labels available for customers
- The containers must be able to contain free liquids, should free liquids occur
- At the point of transport for cleaning or disposal, the solvent-contaminated wipes and their containers must contain NO free liquids
- Free liquids from the towels or wipes must be managed according to applicable hazardous waste regulations outlined by the EPA.
- You must maintain documentation that you are managing excluded solvent-contaminated wipes and keep that documentation at your site
ITU AbsorbTech statements with delivery frequency can be used as documentation
- Towels or wipes must be managed by a permitted laundry, dry cleaner, landfill or combust
ITU AbsorbTech is properly permitted
EPA Wiper Rule Training Video
This informative video provides an overview of the new EPA Wiper Rule standard for solvent-contaminated wipes. Jodi Drew, Environmental Engineer at ITU AbsorbTech, walks you through important requirements and implementation guidelines for managing solvent-contaminated wipes at your facility.
You’ll learn new storage, labeling and documentation requirements for solvent-contaminated wipes, questions to ask your laundry or disposal service about handling solvent-contaminated wipes, important compliance deadlines and resources on where to learn more.
For more information, please contact us at 888-729-4884.