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What is Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous waste is a special category of solid waste. It comes
in many shapes and forms (solids, powders, liquid). Chemical,
metal, and furniture manufacturing are some examples of processes that
create hazardous waste.
The regulations control all hazardous waste from when it is first
generated until it is disposed, destroyed or reused. The regulations
define hazardous waste in very specific terms. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency has published a booklet to help you understand what waste items
are considered hazardous waste:
Some chemicals that are used around our homes (for example, "oil based"
paint, solvents, pesticides) could be considered hazardous waste. There
is a special exemption for the hazardous waste that comes from
households; they are called household hazardous waste. Because these
chemicals can still cause environmental harm if disposed improperly,
many counties offer a free program to dispose of them.
The amount of hazardous waste you generate determines which regulations
you must follow.
Acute Hazardous Waste
|Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity
|Small Quantity Generators (SGQs)
||220- 2,200 pounds
|Large Quantity Generators (LQGs)
Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators
Small Quantity Generators
One way to avoid disposal regulations is to recycle or reuse the
waste material. Here are some examples:
Lead Acid Batteries (such as, car
batteries) if recycled are not considered waste.
Used Oil and Used Oil Filters are not a hazardous waste if properly
Fluorescent bulb and High Intensity
Discharge lamps containing mercury must be handled correctly so the
mercury can be captured and recycled.
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