Every business generates waste and it's important to know what kind of waste it is to understand the management standards that apply to protect human health and the environment. For hazardous waste, you also need to know how much is generated monthly to understand the management standards that apply. Properly managing waste materials prevents releases, prevents costly clean-ups and ultimately saves money and peace of mind knowing you and your employees are protected.
In the webinar series below, EGLE inspection staff share details about inspection observations, what's good and bad, and why it is important to meet the regulations. When viewing this series, you will learn about the various types of waste and the state and federal regulations that govern how the waste must be managed. The series provides an overview of how commonly generated wastes must be accumulated, transported and disposed.
USE THIS FORM to document the dates the webinars below were viewed. You are encouraged to view each webinar that applies to your site-specific waste activities.
February 15, 2023
In this webinar, attendees learn the basics about the various types of waste, what regulations apply, to whom, and who implements the enforcement program. Attendees will come away with a big picture perspective of how the waste regulations work and what common wastes fall into the various regulations out there, including those that overlap. The webinar covers hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-products, solid waste, PCB waste, medical waste, radiological waste, and will touch on recycling.
Reference: Michigan Guide to Environmental Regulations Chapters 2, 4, and 10
Common Hazardous Waste Violations
March 1, 2023
In this webinar attendees will learn what inspectors look for during their site walk-through. In this session, attendees will see examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly that inspectors have seen in the field. They will also learn how EGLE responds when they find non-compliance matters needing correction during an inspection.
Waste Characterization and Hazardous Waste Generator Status
March 15, 2023
In this webinar, attendees will learn the basic steps for determining if a waste is a hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-product, or non-hazardous solid waste and how to calculate your site's hazardous waste generator status. These concepts are vital to understanding how to properly manage and dispose of waste. It's vital because the hazardous waste regulations require each business at each site to evaluate the character and composition of their waste and determine the total weight of all hazardous waste generated each month. Until this information is known, you don't know the specific handling and disposal options that apply to the waste you generate. This session will focus on a few common waste streams while highlighting what inspectors request during inspections to verify proper characterization and generator status determinations have been made.
- Download the Waste Characterization Guidance - updated March 2020
- Download Waste Characterization Steps and Questions
- Download Optional Waste Characterization Record Form
Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-products (LIB) Accumulation, Labeling, and Shipping
March 29, 2023
In this webinar, attendees will learn about the accumulation, labeling, and shipping requirements that apply to the management of hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-products at very small quantity generators, small quantity generators and large quantity generators of hazardous waste.
Hazardous Waste and LIB Inspections and Recordkeeping
April 19, 2023
In this webinar, attendees will learn about what to expect during an inspection and the specific records an inspector will want to review. It will cover records such as waste characterizations, monthly waste inventory, uniform manifests, land disposal restriction notifications, container/tank inspections, contingency plans, and more. Those who attend this session will come away with a good idea on how they can better prepare for their next hazardous waste inspection, which would also cover an evaluation for compliance with both the hazardous waste the liquid industrial by-products regulations.
May 3, 2023
In this webinar, attendees will learn the basics about Michigan's universal waste regulations. Attendees will learn why the universal waste regulations exist, what a universal waste is, and how universal waste must be handled and disposed to meet the universal waste partial exemption from hazardous waste regulation. Universal wastes in Michigan include aerosol cans, antifreeze, batteries, Consumer electronics, devices containing elemental mercury, electric lamps, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. Join us to learn how to manage these common waste stream from nearly all businesses, offices, hospitals, schools, etc. and how you can ease your regulatory burden by utilizing the universal waste regulations.
Used Oil and LIB Handling Requirements
May 17, 2023
Does your facility generate or receive non-hazardous liquid waste from off-site? Liquid industrial by-products include waste streams like storm sewer and catch basin cleanout waste; certain sanitary sewer clean-out wastes; used oil; antifreeze; food processing and slaughterhouse wastes; power washing wastewaters and sludges; commercial animal boarding, breeding and sale wastewaters and sludges; brine; animal and vegetable fats; leachate; and very small quantity generator (VSQG) hazardous waste liquids. Liquid industrial by-products management standards are prescriptive and mirror the hazardous waste regulations in many ways. In this webinar attendees will get an overview of the generator and receiving facility requirements for handling non-hazardous liquid waste streams. They will also get a basic understanding of what is used oil under the waste regulations, and the hazardous waste regulations in place to prevent oil from being mixed with other toxic solvents, to ensure it can be safely burned as fuel.
- Download the Receiving Facility Reporting Regulations Guide
- Download the Liquid Industrial By-products FAQs
- Download the Liquid Industrial By-products Generator Guidance
Hazardous Secondary Materials Options and Examples
May 31, 2023
This webinar provides an overview of the hazardous secondary materials (HSM) regulations that were adopted into Michigan’s hazardous waste rules in 2017. Attendees will gain an understanding of what a hazardous secondary material is, how it must be handled, the legitimacy criteria that must be met for recycling HSM, and how this exemption from hazardous waste regulations can be beneficial. EGLE will share few examples of approved HSM programs and how they benefited the generator, recycler, and ultimately the environment.
What Small Businesses Need to Know about Hazardous Waste
June 14, 2023
In this EGLE waste webinar series webinar, attendees learn:
- What constitutes a hazardous waste, a non-hazardous liquid waste (called liquid industrial by-product), and a universal waste.
- How to determine if a site is a very small quantity generator (VSQG) of hazardous waste subject to less regulation than larger hazardous waste generators.
- What a generator must do to meet the VSQG exemption and be subject to less regulation than larger hazardous waste generators.
- How VSQG hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-product must be handled, transported and recycled or disposed.
- What the inspector looks for during a hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-product generator inspection.
Implementing a Household Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste Collection in your Community
June 29, 2023
Learn about the waste regulations that apply to collecting and diverting household hazardous waste and common small businesses wastes from being landfilled, in an effort to protect and preserve Michigan's valuable natural resources and the environment.