October 2015: Management of Contaminated Wipes and Reusable Cloth

On July 3, 2015 the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Hazardous Waste Updates, LSA Document #14-288(F) [PDF], rulemaking became effective. This rulemaking incorporates by reference federal revisions to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes from solid waste requirements if the wipes are cleaned and reused in accordance with 40 CFR 261.4(a)(26) and hazardous waste requirements if the wipes are disposed in accordance with 40 CFR 261.4(b)(18).

As a result of this incorporation by reference of federal revision, Waste-0010-NPD, Management of Contaminated Wipes, has been repealed. In-lieu of Waste-0010-NPD, IDEM has developed the Management of Contaminated Wipes and Reusable Cloth Items [PDF] guidance document.

This document provides hazardous waste generators, handlers, and other interested parties an overview of the federal Solvent Contaminated Wipes Rule, as well as IDEM’s current policy for the management of wipes, gloves, clothing, and cloth items that are contaminated with other hazardous waste. IDEM’s Office of Land Quality (OLQ) Hazardous Waste Resources webpage provides further guidance.