Solid Waste & Recycling


Maine approves innovative recycling program

The Technical Solutions division of Veolia Environmental Services, formerly Onyx Environmental Services, has announ...

The Technical Solutions division of Veolia Environmental Services, formerly Onyx Environmental Services, has announced that its OnyxPak product line has been approved for use in the State of Maine and is the first prepaid, standard-shipping recycling program authorized by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The OnyxPak program encourages recycling and seeks to increase recycling rates of mercury-containing wastes by offering a convenient and cost-effective system for smaller generators to comply with Maine’s Universal Waste Rule.

“We worked closely with the Maine DEP to ensure our program complied with Maine’s Universal Waste Regulations,” says John McShane, branch manager at Veolia Environmental Services. “The OnyxPak program continues to set the standard for other programs to follow in terms of design, safety and environmental compliance.”

Maine has a long-standing history of compliance and enforcement of environmental laws. Widely considered one of the leading states in the nation for environmental responsibility, the state has been progressive in its approach to regulating small quantities of universal waste and has a progressive new producer responsibility program for TVs and computer monitors. Maine does not have an exemption for Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators of fluorescent lamps and all fluorescent lamps must be recycled. The OnyxPak program helps generators efficiently achieve both compliance and a higher standard of recycling.

“Every shipment of universal waste is required to be tracked on shipping papers approved by the State of Maine”, notes Phillip Ditter, Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Veolia. “The OnyxPak program gained approval for the use of an alternative shipping document in accordance with Chapter 857, Section 6(B).”

OnyxPak is a simple, yet comprehensive program that provides everything a customer needs to recycle fluorescent lamps, lamp ballasts, batteries and computer electronics in compliance with environmental regulations. Under the OnyxPak program, one price includes the waste storage and transport container, shipping, processing and certificates of recycling.

About Veolia Environmental Services

Veolia Environmental Services, a subsidiary of Veolia Environment (NYSE: VE), offers fully integrated environmental solutions to virtually all industrial, commercial, municipal and residential sectors. Veolia’s services include: environmental, industrial, solid waste and power. For more information on Veolia Environmental Services, visit

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