Frequent Questions

Can small quantity generators (SQGs) store hazardous waste longer than 180 days if they are sending it to a designated facility located far away?

SQGs may store hazardous waste for 270 days without a permit if the distance to the designated off-site treatment, storage, or disposal facility is 200 miles or greater, provided they follow the accumulation requirements in Section 262.34(d) (Section 262.34(e)).

Note: On November 28, 2016, EPA published the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule, which makes several revisions to the hazardous waste generator regulations. These revisions may affect the information provided in this FAQ. The final rule and additional information, including a fact sheet, frequent questions, and a webinar recording and slides, are available at

The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule is effective on May 30, 2017; however, implementation in a particular state depends on the state’s authorization status. A discussion of the effect that this final rule will have on state authorization is available on page 85801 of the rule. Information about how the rule will affect the requirements in this FAQ in a particular state is best obtained from the state hazardous waste program. A list of state hazardous waste programs is available at

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