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JUN 2019

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36 June 2019 | beautystorebusiness.com stickytoff eepudding, Just_Human/gettyimages.com Learn to responsibly identify and dispose of hazardous beauty products–to protect the environment and avoid legal consequences. by Tracy Morin hether your inventory is rotating or you simply need to dispose of unsold, returned or damaged goods, proper disposal of hazardous products–from aerosol cans and cosmetics to hair dyes and nail polish–is key. This is about more than protecting the environment and showing customers your commitment to sustainability. You want to avoid the hefty fines you might face if you toss these products in municipal trash cans. Here, experts share why proper product disposal is so important–and how retailers can ensure they're compliant. STATE VS. FEDERAL When it comes to hazardous product disposal, regulations can vary from state to state, or between municipalities. "There are federal regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) that set the standard to be followed by everyone in the country, for proper disposal of hazardous waste ( toxics, flammables, corrosives, etc. ) , but state regulations can be even more stringent than EPA regulations," explains Wade Scheel, director of governmental affairs for Stericycle, a Blaine, Minnesota-based company that disposes of hazardous waste. "California, for example, has some of the most stringent environmental protection regulations in the country, so many common products are considered hazardous waste." Outside of California, Scheel adds, beauty categories that the EPA classifies as hazardous have ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic characteristics – think fragrance, hair spray and other aerosols, nail polishes, cosmetics, hair dyes, disinfectants and products every business generates in day-to-day operation, such as batteries, bulbs and electronic waste. On the state level, even soaps and shampoos may be included. To determine whether a product is considered hazardous waste, Scheel recommends, reviewing its safety data sheet, manufacturer information, label and ingredients. Karlie Webb, counsel for Troutman Sanders, LLP, a firm in Atlanta with a specialized team focusing on environmental law, advises retailers ask the following questions of products: Is it waste? If so, is it hazardous waste? Can you throw it away with regular trash? "In some cases, very small quantities can go in the typical trash, but it depends how much is generated. Once a retailer hits a certain threshold, they must dispose of it in a certain way, such as working with a hazardous waste hauler or dropping at a hazardous waste disposal facility," Webb says. "But California doesn't have this exemption; if a business generates any hazardous waste, even a small amount, they must dispose of it properly. We've even seen regulators and prosecutors do dumpster dives to test whether a retailer has an appropriate hazardous waste management program!"

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