EHS & Waste Management

California Adds Treated Wood Waste To Hazardous Waste List

By February 24, 2021 No Comments

From the 1st of January 2021, California will require that all treated wood be managed under hazardous waste guidelines. Treated wood waste is wood that has been treated with chemical preservatives. Chemicals are often used to protect the wood from being destroyed by insects or other issues like fungal decay. This includes fence posts, Decking, Power and Phone Line Poles, Piers, Jetties, Railroad Sleepers and timbers used by gardeners and landscaping companies.

The process of treating wood means applying hazardous chemicals including creosote, arsenic, creosote, chromium and others. These chemicals are known to be carcinogenic or toxic. Individuals and the environment can be exposed to these chemicals through the burning of these materials or simply through touching them.

That means if your facility discards treated wood as part of your normal waste disposal process, you must now follow hazardous waste laws.

According to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the current statute and regulations that allow treated wood waste to be handled with alternative management standards are due to expire at the end of December. Beginning January 1st, all treated wood waste managed in California that is not exempted by HSC 25143.1.5 as utility generated, will have to be stored and manifested as hazardous waste and transported to class 1 hazardous waste landfills for disposal.

This means that when the new regulations come into effect you will not be able to have your treated wood waste processed at the same landfill that you used previously.

Only Class 1 landfills are authorized to accept hazardous waste in California. Workers at Class II and Class III landfills have been instructed to no longer accept any treated wood waste.

Many hazardous waste facilities have volume restrictions and costs associated with dropping off waste. Restrictions may also vary between residents, small businesses and large businesses.

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