Recycling is defined as using, reusing, or reclaiming a material. As long as the recycling activity occurs without storage or treatment of hazardous waste it is generally exempt from permitting.
If you are interested in recycling your own waste at the point of generation, there are a number of reductions in regulations including exemption from permitting. This is called “on-site recycling.”
You may already be familiar with incentives for recycling, including a break on the hazardous waste fee called “recycling credits.” If your hazardous waste is legitimately recycled it could help you reduce hazardous waste fees, and save money on the purchase of products as well.
Conditionally exempt recyclers are required to follow the requirements of a large quantity generator. For example, contingency plans, training plans, and record retention are required. They are also required to have liability insurance and closure funding. Conditionally exempt recyclers are required to begin the recycling process within 72 hours of receiving the hazardous waste so that no storage occurs.
Conditionally exempt recyclers are required to sign off as the receiving facility on manifested hazardous waste shipments as soon as it arrives within the boundary of the facility.
If you are relying on the recycling facility to help you obtain recycling credits against the hazardous waste fee, make sure the company will provide you with enough information to show how much of the hazardous waste was recycled and how much was discarded as waste.
Information about specific conditionally exempt recycling facilities in Washington State can be found on this website by clicking on the list of active facilities.