Submit a request
Learn the Issues
Science & Technology
Laws & Regulations
Wastes - Frequent Questions
A facility generates and discards chromium metal, such as chrome plated parts. If the metal parts fail the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), are they excluded from the definition of hazardous waste?
A generator removed economizer tubes contaminated with fly ash from a boiler burning #6 fuel oil during routine maintenance. Are the economizer tubes excluded from the definition of hazardous waste under §261.4(b)(4)?
Are environmental media contaminated as a result of migration into a petroleum underground storage tank (UST) excluded from the definition of hazardous waste (40 CFR Section 261.4(b)(10)?
Can contractors who generate lead-based paint (LBP) waste at a household take advantage of the household hazardous waste exclusion?
Are brass turnings and borings generated during metal working a hazardous waste?
Are used oil filters regulated as RCRA hazardous waste?
See all 21 articles
What revisions did EPA finalize in the 2016 Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule? When will the rule become effective and how will it be affected by state authorization?
A facility generates hazardous waste and subsequently places that hazardous waste in 1-gallon containers at or near the point of generation before consolidating that waste into a 55-gallon drum for accumulation. Does RCRA allow multiple initial accumulati
A generator finds a container of hazardous waste with a label that is no longer legible. The generator moves the container to the 90/180-day accumulation area. Can the generator label the container as unknown hazardous waste and then re-label the containe
A generator has multiple structures within the same contiguous property. Is each structure required to have an individual EPA identification number?
A large quantity generator (LQG) accumulates hazardous waste in both tanks and containers. The generator labeled each container with the date upon which the accumulation period began in accordance with 40 CFR Section 262.34(a)(2). Must this LQG also mark
A facility spills an F003 listed spent solvent into its on-site, tank-based wastewater treatment system. Prior to reaching the headworks of a wastewater treatment system, the wastewater loses the characteristic of ignitability. Is the sludge generated by
See all 249 articles
Are there any guidance documents on hazardous waste management and on the hierarchy for solid waste disposal?
Can color TVs and computer monitors from businesses be considered hazardous wastes when sent for disposal, and how should consumers dispose of old TVs?
How do state adoption and authorization work?
How does EPA regulate mercury in waste?
How much mercury is emitted annually?
What are the main sources of mercury?
See all 13 articles
Hazardous Waste Identification
Are alcoholic beverages regulated as hazardous waste when they exhibit the characteristic of ignitability?
Are chemotherapy drugs listed as hazardous waste?
Are clothing and gloves used as personal protective equipment (PPE) during hazardous waste management activities regulated as hazardous waste?
Are listed hazardous wastes that meet applicable LDR treatment standards subject to Subpart CC regulations?
Are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) regulated under RCRA as a hazardous waste?
Are residues from treatment of listed wastes that result in new treatability groups considered a new point of generation?
See all 72 articles
Hazardous Waste Recycling
Are CRTs considered hazardous waste? How should they be managed? Do they have to be recycled or can they be disposed?
Are commercial chemical products (CCPs) solid waste when burned as a fuel for energy recovery?
Do hazardous waste recycling units need to comply with the air emission requirements in Parts 264/265, Subpart AA, BB, and CC?
Does dumping old TVs pose as much toxic waste as dumping old computers? What about other electronic devices, such as cell phones?
Does EPA think e-waste is an environmental crisis?
How do individual homeowners in a homeowners association comply with the Mercury Containing Equipment Final Rule?
See all 21 articles
Are any RCRA forms, such as the 8700-23 (Part A), available to be filled out electronically?
Can my permitting authority issue a combined RCRA and CAA permit for my facility?
Can RCRA program staff issue CAA Title 5 permits for sources subject to the Phase 1 HWC NESHAP?
Can the implementing agency establish conditions in a facility's permit that are not specified in 40 CFR Parts 264 or 266 through 268 in order to protect human health and the environment?
Does the Standardized Permit Rule apply to storage of mixed (hazardous and radioactive) waste?
Do facilities still have to complete the SSRA before a RCRA permit decision will be made?
See all 35 articles
According to the instructions for Item 13 of the new manifest regarding the waste code fields, up to six federal and state waste codes may be recorded in the spaces provided. See 40 CFR Part 262, Appendix, Instruction 13. If a generator has more than six
Are ocean carriers transporting hazardous waste required to obtain EPA identification (ID) numbers? Are uniform hazardous waste manifests required for international shipments of hazardous wastes?
Are transporters of universal waste required to have an EPA identification number?
Can a generator authorize the initial transporter to add selected additional transporters to the hazardous waste manifest after they have signed the manifest and shipped the waste?
Can a hazardous waste transporter consolidate different hazardous wastes into a single container?
Can I submit multiple form samples to the EPA Registry for approval?
See all 31 articles
Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs)
A facility palletizes and shrink wraps expired consumer goods in their original packaging. The expired consumer goods are hazardous waste. Does the facility need to label every container with a hazardous waste label or can it label each pallet with a sing
After a source submits a Notification of Compliance documenting compliance with the MACT emission standards, will it ever have to conduct a RCRA trial burn?
A facility manages characteristic wastewater in an on-site wastewater treatment unit (WWTU) regulated by the Clean Water Act (CWA). The WWTU is exempt from the RCRA requirements for permitted and interim status treatment, storage, and disposal facilities
A facility treats groundwater contaminated with a listed hazardous waste by filtering the water through a carbon filter. When the carbon filter is removed from the treatment unit does the derived-from rule or contained-in policy apply to the filter?
After I demonstrate compliance with the Phase 1 HWC NESHAP, what should my permitting authority incorporate into my CAA Title 5 operating permit?
Are cement kilns as tightly regulated as incinerators under the Hazardous Waste Combustion Emission Standards Rule?
See all 202 articles
An elementary school is in the process of remodeling and is replacing its light fixtures with more energy-efficient lamps. This process will generate more than 5,000 kg of spent hazardous waste lamps that will be subject to the universal waste management
Are universal waste handlers required to manage spent lead-acid batteries under Part 266, Subpart G, or under Part 273?
Are universal waste handlers required to recycle their wastes?
Are universal waste handlers required to take part in an annual review of the initial employee training?
Aren't some pharmaceutical wastes considered hazardous waste?
Can a generator manage green tip fluorescent bulbs as universal waste or are these types of bulbs considered non-hazardous waste?
See all 27 articles
Are used oil filters regulated as RCRA hazardous waste?
Can spent oil-based solvents be managed as used oil under 40 CFR Part 279?
Do the management standards in 40 CFR Part 279 apply to facilities that are sending used oil for disposal?
Do the Part 279 standards for used oil generators apply to farmers?
Do used oil generators managing used oil in accordance with the Part 279 recycled used oil management standards need to obtain an EPA identification number?
How is specification used oil regulated?
See all 19 articles