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Solid waste

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The following web pages will help you determine what a waste is, provide waste inventory sheets for your use, explain how to determine what environmental requirements apply to various types of waste, and describe alternatives to disposal that can help your business save money and resources.

In order to determine what DNR Waste Program requirements apply to your business and what alternatives to disposal may be available, it is necessary to first determine what types of waste your business generates.

What is a Waste?

A waste is any liquid, solid or gaseous material that is being discarded for any reason.

Examples of some business types and processes that may produce solid waste

The list below contains some wastes that your business may generate.

Waste materials

  • office paper, cardboard, and plastic, metal and glass food and beverage containers;
  • food wastes from cafeteria or break room operations;
  • used engine oil, anti-freeze, batteries, and similar wastes generated from fork lifts, cars and trucks;
  • office equipment and appliances, such as computer monitors and hard drives, printers and copy machines, televisions, and microwave ovens.
  • packaging from materials received at your facility, such as foam, strapping, and lumber
  • wastes associated with heating and air conditioning systems, and building maintenance;
  • material left-overs and cut-offs from production and packaging; or
  • used process chemicals, sludges from process tank clean-outs, and other wastes generated from production processes.

Unused materials

  • expired shelf life;
  • off specification for the process it was intended for;
  • no longer needed due to production process changes - as a result of a change in your business products; or substitution with a less toxic material.

Unknown materials

  • include anything you may have at your facility that you are not sure what it is, such as an unlabeled barrel or other unlabeled container. Containers should be examined, opened and sampled by a properly qualified individual;
  • open metal containers only with non-sparking tools, in case contents are flammable. Don't smell unknown chemicals, and take precautions to prevent contact with eyes and skin;
  • if the container is in poor condition, or damaged in any way, seek expert advice before moving or touching the container. A barrel with the top or sides pushed out, for example, may indicate the contents are under pressure, and opening it could be dangerous; or
  • if the container is not in good condition, make plans to put the original container into another larger (over-pack) container. Again, get expert advice first.

You may also refer to the definition of "solid waste" in s. 289.01(33), Wis. Stats.

Many materials can be put to further use or reclaimed for further use, either by your business or another business. Many waste reuse and recycling activities are exempt from solid waste regulation. The Department of Natural Resources also has authority to issue written exemptions to allow and encourage additional reuse and recycling activities. The following Solid Waste pages include links with more information about reuse and recycling.

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Last Revised: Tuesday August 20 2013