What is Dangerous Waste?
It’s more common than you think. Most businesses in Washington generate some type of dangerous waste—waste that’s potentially harmful to our health and environment. You are required to determine whether the waste your business generates is dangerous.
Washington State uses the term dangerous waste, while federal law uses the term hazardous waste. Washington’s rules are more protective of the environment and cover some wastes that are not included in the federal definition.
These are some examples of common business activities that generate dangerous waste:
Dangerous waste includes these examples and many other waste types. Even discarded cleaning products and light bulbs can be dangerous waste. You can start by taking a look at the materials you use and the wastes that remain. If you have products labeled “DANGER,” “FLAMMABLE,” “WARNING,” or “POISON,” and they become a waste or are mixed into a waste – you might have a dangerous waste.
Determine whether your waste is dangerous from our step-by-step guide and video: Designate Your Waste—Is it Dangerous?
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