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Hazardous Waste

The hazardous waste law and subsequent regulations, known the "Resource Conservation and Recovery Act," or RCRA, are among the most strictly enforced environmental regulations in the county. Many small businesses that have environmental compliance obligations generate hazardous waste. Generators must identify, classify and quantify their hazardous wastes. Taking these first steps helps generators understand which regulatory performance standards apply to their facilities. The RCRA regulations can vary from state-to-state, but many states follow Federal Requirements.

Small businesses can contact their state SBEAPs or find their regulatory contact through the EPA Gateway State Hazardous Waste Locator. Keep in mind, most SBEAPs offer confidential assistance and the regulating agency is typically the enforcement arm of the state. 

General hazardous and solid waste resources

Hazardous Waste Handbook - specifically designed for small businesses, the EPA resource was updated in 2019.

Hazardous Waste State Resource Locator - Use this tool to find your state's regulations, along with permit forms, guidance, contact information and other helpful resources.

Hazardous Waste Portal - This resource is intended to help generators find hazardous waste compliance assistance resources. The portal contains over 800 resources, including both federal and state information and it covers most industrial and commercial business sectors as well as households.

Universal Waste State Resource Locator - Universal wastes are hazardous wastes that are more common and pose a lower risk to people and the environment than other hazardous wastes. Federal and state regulations identify universal wastes and provide simple rules for handling, recycling, and disposing of them. Use this tool to find out which items are designated as Universal Wastes in your state, link to state regulations, and local contacts at state agencies.

Construction and Demolition Debris State Locator - Construction and demolition (C&D) debris refers to materials produced during, renovation and/or demolition of structures, where structures include buildings (residential, commercial, and institutional), roads, and bridges. Many state and local governments are seeking ways to divert C&D debris from land disposal, including the promotion of recycling. Use this tool to locate regulatory information and other compliance assistance, lists of C&D landfills, and pollution prevention resources for your state.

Solid Waste State Resource Locator

 

State-specific compliance assistance tools

Kansas:

  • Hazardous waste handler training - This on-line training is specific to Kansas regulations which are stricter than the Federal regulations with regard to generator category. The training costs $50 and allows participants to complete over a 30-day period, then provides a certificate of completion by e-mail.
  • Hazardous waste compliance calendar - Find the most recent version on the Hazardous Waste page.
  • Hazardous waste container management video - Improper container management is a common violation noted by regulatory inspectors. This short video provides and overview of the requirements.