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RE: Paper Blankets
- Subject: RE: Paper Blankets
- From: "Richard Illig (717) 327-3568" <ILLIG.RICHARD@a1.pader.gov>
- Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 07:57:44 -0400 (EDT)
- List-Name: P2Tech
- Posting-Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 09:35:00 -0400 (EDT)
- Reply-To: "Richard Illig (717) 327-3568" <ILLIG.RICHARD@a1.pader.gov>
- Sensitivity: Company-Confidential
- Ua-Content-Id: D277ZXJADPGCV
To Whom It May Concern,
The tone of the "Paper Blanket" message seemed set on
DISPOSAL...unless the waste is hazardous (not expected but not
clearly stated) remaining options would leave landfilling or
incineration. Either type of facility would most likely want to
perform their own analysis of the waste to insure the waste meets
permit requirements for disposal. You should take the time (and
are required by law in chapter 262.11) to perform a hazardous
waste determination in order to rule out this possibility.
Since the EMA is not an industrial operation the waste would be
considered "municipal" if it is not hazardous. The only way you
would really get the attention of a disposal facility is if you
notify them of the waste shipment or ship the waste in one big
load. In this case, the disposal facility will probably want to
check the waste and may require you to jump through a few
analytical/paper work hoops for them prior to accepting the waste
for disposal, unless they have prior experience with this type of
I AM NOT RECOMMENDING THIS COURSE OF ACTION but by disposing of a
small portion of the blankets in your waste container over time
and on a regular basis you will probably achieve the same ends
without a lot of fuss, and without breaking any laws. One catch
to this scenario is that storage of the waste in excess of one
year would be considered disposal without prior DEP approval (see
6018.103, definition of "storage"). First, be sure the waste is
If you are considering RECYCLING options, did the contamination
you mentioned come from the fire retardent of have the blankets
been exposed to another source of contamination?? Are they fit
for use by people or animals??
If the blankets are usable, some "reuse/recycling options could
1) Donate the blankets to a shelter for the homeless. Even an
animal shelter may find a bedding use for the blankets.
2) Again, if safe for use perhaps a farmer could also employ them
for animal bedding. (Be sure the farmer knows what he is getting)
3) The blankets were for emergency purposes...keeping one or two
in a car may be a thought. Perhaps they could be given to "the
public" for use as part of an emergency kit either in cars or the
home. A blanket give-away could be combined with a promotion for
emergency preparedness (maybe with an instruction sheet on what
else one might wish to include in an emergency kit).
4) Would hospitals, clinics, ambulance services, etc. be able to
use the blankets as disposables?
5) Donate to charity for use overseas.
6) A composting operation may be able to process the material.
Commercial facilities should have the same permit concerns as a
landfill or incinerator.
7) If incineration is selected, at lease try to go to a
co-generation facility where the waste will be used as a fuel.