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Indiana adopted the U.S. EPA’s Aerosol Can Rules to be regulated as Universal Waste effective February 14, 2021. With this rule, the U.S. EPA adds hazardous waste aerosol cans to those “Universal Wastes” regulated under title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 273. No regulatory language changes from the federal rule were included in the adoption. Managing aerosol cans as Universal Waste is estimated to reduce waste in landfills, promote recycling, and create streamlined management practices for retailers. Generators may notify and update their status via RCRAInfo. The U.S. EPA Universal Waste page provides additional information.

Pharmaceutical Rule

Indiana adopted the U.S. EPA’s Pharmaceutical Rule effective February 14, 2021. The new rule adds regulations for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by healthcare facilities and reverse distributors. Additionally, over-the-counter FDA approved nicotine substances will no longer be included under the P075 hazardous waste listing. Manifest and transportation requirements of potentially credible and non-credible pharmaceutical waste have been specified in the new language as well. Notification is required to operate under this rule. Generators may notify and update their status via RCRAInfo.

Community Recycling Grants Announced

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) announced the availability of grant funding for projects that include education and promotion of recycling, waste reduction, organics management (including yard waste management and composting), and household hazardous waste collection and disposal, through the agency's Community Recycling Grant Program.

Counties, municipalities, solid waste management districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations in Indiana are eligible to submit a Community Recycling Grant application requesting $500 to $100,000 in funding.

Applications can be submitted beginning February 1, 2021. The final day to submit applications is March 1, 2021. Final funding determinations will be made at the end of March 2021. Applicants can find guidelines and the application on the CRGP page.

Dry Cleaner and Laundry Dataset

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Land Quality (OLQ) has compiled information from historical and current city directories, business directories, and telephone books to create a dry cleaner and laundry (DCaL) dataset.

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