Tennessee Recycling regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste recycling: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-12-01-.02(1)(f) and Rule 0400-12-01-.03(2)

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Mercury-added products: Mercury Product Disposal Control Act, Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 68-211-201 to 68-211-207


Recovered materials processing facilities: TCA 68-211-802

Nonhazardous waste recycling: Tennessee Solid Waste Planning and Recovery Act, TCA 68-211-601 to 68-211-608

Primary requirements: TCA 68-211-604 to 68-211-608

Regulatory Agency

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Tennessee's hazardous waste recycling regulations are the same as the federal regulations, except that the state has additional notification rules. To review the federal rules, see the national section RECYCLING. The state's Mercury Product Disposal Control Act prohibits generators from disposing mercury-added consumer products in nonhazardous solid waste landfills.

Tennessee has established a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program that provides for residential electronics waste collection. Nonresidential electronics waste is treated as hazardous waste for specific quantities and conditions.

The state's Used Oil Collection Act established a Used Oil Collection Fund in order to promote recycling of used oil in the state. Note: Any used oil that is not recycled is a solid waste subject to a hazardous waste determination. For information on used oil recycling, see the state section USED OIL MANAGEMENT.

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