Retail Waste Working Group Key Topic Areas
Retail Waste Workgroup Meeting - November 17, 2016
Retailers that operate stores in California and those that sell goods in California through the Internet, mail-order catalogs, door-to-door sales and other outlets are all subject to California's hazardous waste laws and regulations. Retailers that operate in multiple states must comply with regulations of each of those states.
Between March 2011 and October 2014, large retail operations such as Walmart, Lowe's, Rite-Aid, CVS; were subject of enforcement actions related to illegal disposal of hazardous waste. The practices ranged from employees throwing away spent batteries that customers had brought in for recycling to the illegal disposal of pharmaceuticals, bleaches, photo processing chemicals, lamps, paints and other ignitable liquids and aerosol products. In those circumstances, all of those products are considered hazardous waste under California regulations and should have been disposed of appropriately.
In an effort to clarify California's hazardous waste regulatory requirements, DTSC is gathering information and developing an understanding of hazardous waste management practices at various types of retailers.
The Department has created a Retail Waste Workgroup to identify regulatory requirements that need clarification and to provide that clarification. The Retail Waste Workgroup consists of large and small retailers, District Attorneys from multiple counties, Certified Unified Program Agency representatives, consultants, non-government organizations, California Department of Public Health and DTSC.
DTSC is reaching out to other retailers – small and large, that are not part of the Retail Waste Workgroup, to ensure their hazardous waste management practices are also reviewed and considered in providing guidance to the retail industry.