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Hazardous Waste

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it dangerous, or capable of having a harmful effect on human health and the environment.

RCRA program defines wastes as materials that exhibit a characteristic of hazardous waste

  1. Ignitable
  2. Corrosive
  3. Reactive
  4. Toxic

– Can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges

– Can include discarded commercial products like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes.

Examples of hazardous waste…

  • Presswash Solvents
  • Paints & Thinners
  • Laquer Thinners
  • Caustic Bases
  • Acids
  • Laboratory Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Stillbottoms
  • Gasoline & Flammable Petroleum Fuels
  • Lab Packs
  • Plating Sludge/Waste
  • Lead-based Paint/Paint Chips

Types of Hazardous Waste

  • Wastes that EPA has determined are hazardous
  • F-list (wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes)
  • K-list (wastes from specific industries)
  • P- & U-lists (wastes from commercial chemical products)
  • Wastes that do not meet any of the listings above
  • Wastes that exhibit ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity
  • Batteries
  • Pesticides
  • Mercury-containing equipment (e.g., thermostats)
  • Lamps (e.g., fluorescent bulbs).

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Environmental Protection Agency

Additional information regarding Regulatory guidelines on Hazardous waste can be found on the EPA website.