Waste Management & Regulations Webinar Series

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) proudly presents the Waste Management & Regulations Webinar Series.  This series featured a monthly webinar that highlights specific topics associated with waste regulations and how to comply with them. The goal of the webinar series is to help businesses better understand how to properly manage their waste in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations. The webinars are introductory in nature and feature firsthand experience from a variety of staff from the DEQ’s Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection.  The webinars were hosted by the DEQ, Office of Public Affairs and Outreach. 

MDEQ Hazardous Waste Generator Trainer - Self Certification Form
Attendees interested in using the webinars to satisfy hazardous waste generator training requirements may use this form to document the dates the webinars were viewed to provide "trainer" training. Viewers are encouraged to view each webinar that applies to their site-specific waste activities.

If you have questions about the webinar content and/or recommendations for additional waste webinar topics, please contact Christine Grossman, the Training and Outreach Waste Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs and Outreach at 517-284-6860 or grossmanc@michigan.gov.


These webinars qualify for 1 Certification Maintenance Point (CMP) for Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMMs), Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioners (CHMPs), and Certified Dangerous Goods Professionals (CDGPs).

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Recorded webinars in this series:

Policy and Law Changes Recommended to Increase Recycling and Sustainability in Michigan (recorded 7/12/17, 61 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn about the Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel’s (SWSAP’s) and the Governor’s Recycling Council’s (GRC’s) recommendations. Specifically, the webinar covers their recommendations for 1) a holistic infrastructure system for managing materials more sustainably, 2) revitalizing the solid waste law, 3) developing actionable steps to achieve Governor’s recycling goal, and 4) options for broad-based, long-term public and private funding to achieve the recommendations.

Part 111 Hazardous Waste Management, Rule Changes Webinar (recorded 6/20/17, 60 min)
In this webinar, attendees will learn about the newly promulgated hazardous waste rule changes that went into effect on April 5, 2017. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the more notable changes associated with this rule package including Michigan’s adoption of 1) the federal disposable solvent wipes rule 2) the federal definition of solid waste changes establishing hazardous secondary materials for certain hazardous waste recycling activities 3) the federal legitimacy criteria for hazardous waste recycling 4) the federal coal combustion residue regulations 5) the federal carbon dioxide injection regulations and 6) the federal framework for electronic manifesting.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator and Liquid Industrial By-product Generator Requirements (recorded 5/18/17, 90 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn what a generator must do to meet the conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) exemption from full regulation as a hazardous waste. Attendees also learn how exempted CESQG hazardous waste liquids and liquid industrial by-product must be managed to meet the state’s unique liquid industrial by-product regulations.

Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-Product Inspections and Recordkeeping (recorded 4/18/17, 67 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn about what to expect for an inspection and the specific records an inspector will want to see. It covers records that need to be maintained (e.g. waste characterizations, monthly waste inventory, uniform manifests, land disposal restriction notifications, etc.) and provides an overview of what happens when an inspector comes to your facility.
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Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-Product Accumulation and Labeling (recorded 3/22/17, 64 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn about the accumulation, storage, and labeling requirements that apply to the management of hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-product at conditionally exempt small quantity generators, small quantity generators, and large quantity generators of hazardous waste. Attendees learn about all the basic container and tank requirements and the session will touch on introductory details about tank and Subpart CC requirements.


Used Oil Regulations (recorded 2/23/17, 62 min)
In this webinar attendees learn about how used oil is unique and characterized slightly differently than other wastes due to it historically being common to mixing other toxic solvents with the used oil. The webinar includes discussion of the management standards that apply to managing used oil, how to find recycling options, and the basic waste requirements for handling used oil.


Waste Characterization and Generator Status (recorded 1/18/17, 70 min)
In this webinar attendees will learn the basic steps for determining if a waste is a hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-product, or non-hazardous solid waste and how to calculate your site’s hazardous waste generator status.


Radon in Real Estate (recorded 12/21/16, 68 min)

In this webinar attendees learn the origins of radon, health effects, and how it travels/enters into a structure. This webinar also provided information on how to test for radon, interpretation of testing results, radon mitigation systems within existing structures. This webinar is intended for REALTORS®, home inspectors, real-estate appraisers, and others interested in radon and real-estate transactions.


Universal Waste (recorded 11/16/16, 68 min)
In this webinar attendees will learn the basics about Michigan’s universal waste regulations.  Attendees will learn why the universal waste regulations exist, what a universal waste is, and how universal waste must be handled and disposed to meet the universal waste partial exemption from hazardous waste regulation. 


Sorting Recycling Facts & Fiction - Waste Management & Regulations Webinar Series (recorded 10/18/16, 63 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the basics about recycling. Why does it cost money to recycle? What are the impacts of putting the wrong items in the recycling bin? What should you know about contracting with a recycling provider? Staff from the DEQ Recycling Program answer common recycling questions and discuss issues to consider when starting or enhancing a recycling program in your community, business, or institution.


Michigan's New ReTRAC & Recycling Search System (Recorded 10/11/16)

In this webinar attendees will receive an overview of  the new Part 175 Recycle Reporting law. DEQ staff will outline who is required to register and identify the reporting requirements under the law.  The webinar will also highlight the functionality of the new Re-TRAC Reporting system for Part 175 and the Recycle Search system. The Recycle Search system is an on-line directory that aims to assist residents and community members with finding a location to recycle any of a wide variety of items.  Companies and non-profits that provide recycling services will learn how to register and sign up with the Recycle Search system to help them promote the recycling or takeback services that they offer. There will be a Q & A session to field questions about these programs.


Waste 101 (Recorded 9/27/16, 61 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the basics about the various types of waste, what regulations apply, to whom and who implements the enforcement program. Attendees will come away with a big picture perspective of how the waste regulations work and what common wastes fall into the various regulations out there, including those that overlap. The webinar covers hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-products, solid waste, PCB waste, medical waste, radiological waste and will touch on recycling. The presenter is Jim Ferritto, Michigan’s waste characterization specialist with the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection.