California SB14 and SB1018 Update

Waste Minimization Reporting At-a-Glance

Given this month is the reporting deadline for organizations subject to the SB14, I’d like to recap and update the blog I published early this year and highlight points of interest.

 

Under California law, the primary goal of the SB14 and its amendment SB1018, is to encourage those entities that produce hazardous waste to prioritize waste minimization through defined and reportable means.

 

Although the law no longer requires generators of hazardous waste to submit their documents to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), current plans and reports – including the Source Reduction Plan, Performance Report, and the Summary Project Report – still have to be in place and readily available.

 

Please click on the link below for a detailed checklist that is used by regulators to verify SB14 compliance.

http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/SB-14-Inspection-Checklist.pdf

 

Here are some details and examples of the key elements required under SB14:

The Source Reduction Plan assesses information on the flow of materials that generate your waste and provides a source reduction evaluation for it. Depending on the size of your organization, the “Plan” encapsulates 6-8 core components. First, a general outline identifies the business and its hazardous waste sources. Thereafter, quantities of waste need to be enumerated which will pinpoint major waste streams. The next step will be a review and analyzation of your source reduction methods for these defined streams, laying out projections to cover a four year calendar period. Lastly, certifications need to be acquired both technically and financially for the report. For some hazardous waste generators who meet the definition of a “small business”, a compliance checklist or an industry-specific Waste Audit Study may be completed in lieu of the full Source Reduction Plan.

 

The Performance Report is an indicator of how source reduction is being accomplished. Basically, it is a comparison chart of the amounts your waste streams yielded from a baseline year (2011) through the current reporting year (2015). Showcasing your reduction measures, it has to call attention to what outcomes were successful and which failed, while underlining the key factors which impacted these hazardous waste streams.

Please see the basic examples below:

 

sb14 hazardous waste management performance report
Figure 1

 

sb14 hazardous waste management performance chart example
Figure 2

 

The Summary Progress Report (SPR) is a detailed summation of your quantitative data extracted from both your Source Reduction Plan and Performance Report. It highlights what you accomplished in your reduction methods and waste management practices over the past four years and what your projected changes will be over the next reporting period. There is a standard template on the Department of Toxic Substances Control website available for download.

 

Please click on the link below to find an example of the DTSC’s table for The Summary Progress Report.

https://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/SB14/upload/SPR2015.pdf

 

At SFS Chemical Safety, we have the tools that can help you collect, disseminate and report the required SB14 and SB1018 documents. This can easily, quickly and accurately be accomplished by importing existing waste activity data through formatted excel templates with our Environmental Management Systems (EMS) software.

 

EMS includes import templates that can help you organize and consolidate the required information that simplifies and ensures compliance. Contact us at ems@chemicalsafety.com for details.