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ASTM Standard eliminates waste classification confusion.

Press Release Summary:

Nov 17, 2014 - Proposed standard ASTM WK38312, Classification for Waste From Manufacturing Facilities and Associated Support Facilities, covers all waste created in manufacturing facilities, including office and production waste, to help manufacturers address waste classification issues. Being developed by Subcommittee E60.13 on Sustainable Manufacturing, part of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability, standard will provide definitions and methods covering hazardous and nonhazardous wastes.

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Original Press Release

ASTM Sustainability Committee Developing Standard for Manufacturing Waste

Press release date: Oct 23, 2014

All manufacturing waste is not the same. While this may be an obvious point, the fact is that there is no widely recognized standard for classifying such waste. Now, a proposed ASTM International standard is being developed to help manufacturers address waste classification issues.

ASTM WK38312, Classification for Waste From Manufacturing Facilities and Associated Support Facilities, covers all waste created in manufacturing facilities, including office and production waste. Both hazardous and nonhazardous wastes will be covered by the standard. WK38312 will provide definitions and methods that will help to eliminate confusion that currently exists regarding manufacturing waste.

“At first, this sounds like a very simple issue and you may ask, why is a standard required,” says ASTM member Amy Costello, sustainability manager, Armstrong World Industries. “But it is more complicated than that.”

Costello cites the following questions that arise when classifying manufacturing waste:
• Is waste that is generated at a facility, and then sold, actually waste, or is it a byproduct?
• If this same material is given to another to use, is it still waste or a byproduct?
• What if the material is waste from one process, but is used somewhere else on the manufacturing site, such as wood dust that is burned in a boiler for energy?
• Is waste material generated during capital projects considered manufacturing waste?”

ASTM WK38312 is being developed by Subcommittee E60.13 on Sustainable Manufacturing, part of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability. All interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of E60.

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ASTM Committee E60 Next Meeting: April 2830, 2015, April Committee Week, Anaheim, Calif.

Technical Contact:
Amy Costello
Armstrong World Industries
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