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Hazardous Waste Regulation

Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly.

Because of the many dangers associated with these hazardous wastes, there are many laws regarding their transportation and disposal.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators

State and Federal hazardous waste laws limit the use of hazardous waste collection facilities to businesses that qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG). CESQGs may not produce more than 100 kilograms (27 gallons or 220 pounds) of hazardous waste per month, including a maximum of 1 kilogram (1 quart or 2.2 pounds) of acutely hazardous waste.

Businesses are responsible for ensuring that hazardous wastes are properly packaged for transportation, the material is properly labeled, and an inventory is maintained of the material being transported. Businesses must follow all DOT transportation requirements.

Businesses that produce more than the amount allowed under the CESQG program are required to use a licensed Hazardous Waste Hauler to manifest and transport their waste. Read more on our Business Hazardous Waste page

What about households?

Households may not transport more than 15 gallons (in container sizes no greater than 5-gallons each) or 125 pounds (dry weight) of household hazardous waste to a collection facility. This regulation is in place to safeguard the public from large quantities of hazardous materials being transported in vehicles which are not adequately equipped to protect the public in case of spills, explosions, or accidents.

All material should be packaged upright in leak-proof containers and placed in a cardboard box or plastic tub for secondary containment. Different waste streams must not be mixed in the same container.

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