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WISE ON WASTE A primer for distilleries on successful waste management BY AMY BAUER

The regulation of solid and hazardous wastes is a highly prescriptive maze of technical requirements that changes with the specific type of waste; the rate and amount of waste generated; and the state where operations are located. Distillery business managers and operators should become familiar with proper waste management and emergency procedures for regulated wastes. Every facility manager, no matter the size or type of industry, should: • Gain general awareness of the types and

Nearly everything we leave behind— solid, liquid, or gas—is a waste that must be controlled from the time it is generated until its disposal. 66 |

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characteristics of regulated wastes. • Have a basic understanding of regulated waste management requirements, and recognize the resources required for effective management of regulated wastes. • Introduce strategies for reducing the risk and regulatory burden of managing regulated wastes. This summary of regulated waste requirements will get you thinking about managing and reducing the regulatory burden as much as possible.

Production Waste

• Distillery sludge • Spent grains • Distillery effluent— spent wash/stillage

What is regulated waste? The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) contains the federal solid waste statutes and amendments that established the framework for a national system of solid waste control. Nearly everything we leave behind—solid, liquid, or gas—is a waste that must be controlled from the time it is generated until its disposal. RCRA Subtitle D is dedicated to non-hazardous solid waste requirements, and RCRA Subtitle C focuses on hazardous solid waste.

Operational/ Maintenance Waste • Used or obsolete chemicals, such as cleaning products • Used oil • Spent light bulbs • Spent batteries

Unexpected Waste

• Spills of high proof alcohol or water treatment chemicals • Obsolete product or chemical

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