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
– 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
- Laboratory Chemicals
- 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
- Mercury-containing equipment (e.g., thermostats)
- Lamps (e.g., fluorescent bulbs).
Contains radioactive & hazardous waste components
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