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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 328WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING
SUBCHAPTER JTELEVISION EQUIPMENT RECYCLING PROGRAM
RULE §328.193Management of Collected Television Equipment

(a) Covered television equipment collected under this subchapter must be disposed of or recycled in a manner that complies with federal, state, and local law.

(b) The commission adopts, as standards for recycling or reuse of covered television equipment under this subchapter, the following portions of the standards in "Electronics Recycling Operating Practices" as approved by the board of directors of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Incorporated, April 25, 2006. The remaining portions of the standards are voluntary unless required by other law. The adopted standards apply to covered television equipment recycled or reused in this state. If at any time the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopts standards for recycling or reuse of television equipment that are determined by the commission to be an acceptable substitute, the commission may, by rule, revoke the ISRI standards and adopt the EPA standards.

  (1) General requirements for recyclers.

    (A) Following all efforts to refurbish or reuse covered television equipment, the remaining covered television equipment shall be manually dismantled for reusable components or processed for recycling either in accordance with §328.4(b) of this title (relating to Limitations on Storage of Recyclable Materials) for those facilities subject to and not exempted from that section, or in accordance with the following conditions for those facilities exempt from or not subject to §328.4(b) of this title.

      (i) The facility can show that the material is potentially recyclable and has an economically feasible means of being recycled.

      (ii) Every six months, the amount of material that is processed for recycling (as defined in §328.2 of this title (relating to Definitions)), or transferred to a different site for recycling, equals at least 50% by weight or volume of the material accumulated at the beginning of the six-month period. "Every six months" starts, for a new recycling facility, 180 days after opening; for an existing recycling facility, 180 days after the facility, under this subchapter, starts providing services to a manufacturer. In calculating the percentage or turnover, the percentage requirements shall be applied to each material of the same type.

    (B) Recyclers shall only dispose of covered television equipment that cannot be refurbished; reused; or, in accordance with Chapter 335 of this title (relating to Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous Waste), §330.11(e) of this title (relating to Notification Required), and Subchapter A of this chapter (relating to Purpose and General Information), recycled.

    (C) For all transfers of covered television equipment intended for recycling, recyclers shall maintain commercial contracts, or equivalent commercial arrangements, that shall include:

      (i) covered television equipment quantity and type;

      (ii) packaging requirements; and

      (iii) recycling methods and specifications.

    (D) Recyclers shall maintain records for a minimum of three years; or longer if required by local, state, or federal law; including any of the following which are applicable:

      (i) manifests;

      (ii) bills of lading;

      (iii) waste disposal records; and

      (iv) records that document:

        (I) if the covered television equipment is sent to a facility affiliated with (as defined in §328.2 of this title) the recycler, the facility's location, and the condition of the covered television equipment (refurbished, reusable, recyclable, or to be determined); and

        (II) if the covered television equipment is sent to a facility not affiliated with (as defined in §328.2 of this title) the recycler, the location of the first unaffiliated facility to which the covered television equipment is sent and the condition of the covered television equipment (refurbished, reusable, recyclable, or to be determined).

    (E) Recyclers shall maintain and possess a written work practice that specifically addresses, at least, the following:

      (i) lead;

      (ii) mercury;

      (iii) beryllium;

      (iv) cadmium;

      (v) batteries;

      (vi) polychlorinated biphenyls; and

      (vii) free-flowing fluids such as oils and lubricants.

    (F) Recyclers shall ensure that covered television equipment is stored and processed in a manner that minimizes the potential release of any hazardous substance into the environment.

    (G) Recyclers shall package all covered television equipment designated for reuse in a manner that protects against damage and minimizes the potential for releases of hazardous substances during storage and transportation. Recyclers must package all covered television equipment designated for processing in a manner that minimizes the potential for releases of hazardous substances during storage and transportation.

    (H) The covered television equipment recycling facility shall operate in accordance with the closure and financial-assurance requirements of §328.5 of this title (relating to Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements), unless exempted under §328.5 of this title.

  (2) Manual dismantling and mechanical processing at a covered television equipment recycling facility.

    (A) Following all efforts to refurbish or reuse covered television equipment, the remaining covered television equipment should be dismantled for useable components or commodities; processed for recycling in accordance with the following conditions; or properly disposed of in accordance with paragraph (1)(B) of this subsection.

      (i) The facility can show that the material is potentially recyclable and has an economically feasible means of being recycled.

      (ii) Every six months, the amount of material that is processed for recycling (as defined in §328.2 of this title), or transferred to a different site for recycling, equals at least 50% by weight or volume of the material accumulated at the beginning of the six-month period. "Every six months" starts, for a new recycling facility, 180 days after opening; for an existing recycling facility, 180 days after the facility, under this subchapter, starts providing services to a manufacturer. In calculating the percentage of turnover, the percentage requirements shall be applied to each material of the same type.

    (B) Recyclers shall have a written, up-to-date plan for responding to and reporting pollutant releases, including accidents, spills, fires, or explosions.

    (C) Hazardous waste shall be managed, recycled, and disposed of in accordance with Chapter 335 of this title.


Source Note: The provisions of this §328.193 adopted to be effective May 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 2660

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