Printech Archives, December 1997: Unused inventory as Haz Waste?

Unused inventory as Haz Waste?

Robert Gifford (
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 17:21:47 -0500

The following question was sent to the Green and Profitable Printing
97 Videoconference 12/9/97 but was not included in the broadcast due
to time constraints. A preliminary response from PNEAC is listed below.
If you have additional information or suggestions, please respond. A
collective response will be forwarded to the originator of the question.


Phyllis Strong from St. Paul, MN asks:

"Is inventory which is unused for a year considered in the tally of
hazardous waste which is used to determine waste generator status?

Is this a federal rule, or is it included in state rules?"

There is not a predetermined time after which unused inventory
becomes "waste." Check your state regulations for the specific
definitions of "waste" and "hazardous waste." Good MN contacts for
printers include:
Printing Industry of MN, Scott Schuler, 612/379-3360
and MN Tech. Assist. Program (MNTAP), Donna Peterson, 612/627-1910

Most states include, as part of their definition of wastes:
* materials that can no longer be used for their original purpose
because of contamination or use; and
* materials still usable for original purposes but which you decide
you discard.



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