In their letter, the EPA reviewed the applicable regulations and outlined several approaches generators may be able to use to address this issue. In particular, the EPA pointed out that only the weight of the residue counts towards the generator status and that the container itself is not a hazardous waste. While it is not yet clear how generators might take advantage of this interpretation, we are hopeful it will give organizations more flexibility in managing containers for which the contents have been fully dispensed.
The EPA also noted that their letter only discussed federal hazardous waste regulations. They pointed out that states authorized to implement the RCRA program may have regulations that are different than the federal regulations provided they are not less stringent than the federal program.
You can review the the full text of the EPA's letter at Containers That Once Held P-Listed Pharmaceuticals.
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