No. This rule only applies to solvent-contaminated wipes and then only to wipes that contain either:
- Only specific listed solvents OR
- Are ignitable due to the presence of solvents
Not every shop towel will meet that requirement. The exclusion does not extend to wipes contaminated with hazardous wastes other than solvents, or that exhibit the characteristics of toxicity, corrosivity, or reactivity due to other contaminants or non-listed solvents.
Many shop towels and printer wipes can cause VOC emissions and that should alert a facility to the likelihood that customers are returning the towels with solvents that may be subject to the regulation. It is probably a safe practice to assume that all shop towels and printer wipes are subject to the regulation and manage them accordingly. Facilities should confirm with their customers the types of solvents or other contaminants believed to be present on their shop towels.1 Listed solvents include: acetone, isobutyl alcohol, benzene, methanol, n-butanol , methyl ethyl ketone, chlorobenzene, methyl isobutyl ketone, creosols, methylene chloride, cyclohexanone, tetrachloroethylene, 1,2-dichlorobenzene, toluene, ethyl acetate, 1,1,2- trichloroethane, ethyl benzene, trichloroethylene, 2- ethoxyethanol, and xylenes.