Hazardous Waste Workshop a Success

March 19, 2018

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA), in partnership with City of Dubuque’s Economic Development and East Central Intergovernmental Association, sponsored a Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop at the Hotel Julien on March 7th, 2018.  The event was attended by over 60 individuals representing 52 organizations across eastern Iowa.  This event was held as part of the DMASWA’s Environmental Management Systems’ objective to increase awareness and understanding of hazardous waste management.

Those in attendance learned about EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule, waste reduction and waste diversion services provided by Iowa Department of Natural Resources Pollution Prevention Program (P2), Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) and Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), and local management opportunities from the DMASWA and ECIA’s Petal Project.

EPA’s Marcus Rivas, Dedriel Gardner and Jim Aycock reviewed the changes to the rule, which took effect last year, and provided those in attendance an opportunity to discuss and clarify the rule to ensure compliance.  EPA representatives briefly covered the new e-manifest rule in addition to prepare them for the change.   Marcus Rivas stated that this topic is important since it is the first major change to the rule in over 20 years. 

DNR’s Jeff Fiagle provided an overview of the program and reviewed real world projects demonstrating the effectiveness of the program to businesses in Iowa.  IWE’s Ben Kvigne provided an overview of the services he can provide with business waste sorts and providing a connection between businesses that generate a waste material to businesses which may have a use for that waste as a resource. 

Interim Director, Dan Nickey presented on the services of the University of Iowa’s Iowa Waste Reduction Center services to small businesses for regulatory compliance assistance, material coating training program and its Brewery Certification Program.  He also discussed the efforts the IWRC is undertaking to reduce the generation of food waste in Iowa; including the establishing the first food waste reduction recovery summit in the Midwest.   

DMASWA’s Ken Miller presented on local options available for hazardous waste management in Dubuque and Delaware counties and a summary of the DMASWA’s special waste program.  ECIA’s Holley McPherson provided an update to the PETAL Project 2.0 and resources available for not only sustainable practices but to include these into the recruiting and hiring practices. 

The presentations provided are available for further review at:  https://www.dmaswa.org/services/hazardous-materials/

For information regarding the HW Generator Improvement Rule can be found at:  www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/final-rule-hazardous-waste-generator-improvements

For information regarding the e-Manifest Rule can be found at:  www.epa.gov/e-manifest/learn-about-hazardous-waste-electronic-manifest-system-e-manifest