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General Requirements for Managing Dangerous Waste

This section helps businesses understand the requirements for managing dangerous waste. It covers the most common issues and questions. If you have further questions, contact us.

What is Dangerous Waste? Learn about dangerous waste and common business activities that generate it.

Dangerous Waste Basics Videos and resources to get you started managing dangerous waste.

Label Dangerous Waste discusses requirements and offers free labels for download.

Appropriate Containers for Dangerous Waste discusses proper containers and container management.

Containers with dangerous waste must be closed, except when adding or removing waste.

Secondary Containment is required to prevent spills of liquid dangerous wastes from escaping into the environment.

Storage and Accumulation has more about regular accumulation limits.

Satellite Accumulation Areas allow for temporary storage of dangerous waste near a processing area.

Dispose addresses the waste generator’s responsibilities for proper disposal.

Recycle describes the exclusions and exemptions allowed for proper recycling of dangerous waste and the requirements for recycling facilities.

Keep Good Records describes which records inspectors will expect.

Transport and Ship Dangerous Waste explains about manifests and packing.

Plan for Dangerous Waste Emergencies addresses business requirements for planning.

Spills addresses prevention, clean up and reporting.

Site Inspections describes what you can expect in a dangerous waste compliance inspection.

Hazardous Waste and Used Oil Facilities are companies and agencies in Washington can treat, store, dispose or recycle hazardous waste (TSDR) or process used oil.

Related information

Dangerous Materials describes common materials that may or not be dangerous waste.

Laws & Rules links to the regulations cited in this waste-management guidance.

Which Rules Apply? discusses generator status. How much waste you produce dictates which rules you must follow.

Guide for Dangerous Waste Generators in Washington is a handy guide to which rules apply to each type of generator.

Pollution Prevention Resources by Industry Type offers ideas for business sectors to reduce dangerous waste and save money.

Hazardous Waste Generator Checklist  contains a checklist to help you determine whether your business produces dangerous wastes and summarizes your responsibilities if you do.

Hazardous Waste: More Common Than You Think  identifies some types of businesses that generate dangerous waste and gives examples of the different categories of hazardous/ dangerous waste. It also offers suggestions about reducing and recycling dangerous waste.

NOTE: Hazardous Waste is waste that is listed or defined under the Federal Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), also called RCRA waste.

Dangerous Waste is Hazardous Waste plus Washington-state-only waste. Dangerous Waste and Hazardous Waste are used almost interchangeably, but Dangerous Waste is the preferred term in Washington state.