Colorado Characteristic Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Characteristics of hazardous waste: 6 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1007-3 Part 261.10 to 261.24

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of Environment Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division Hazardous Waste Compliance Unit

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Colorado regulations for identifying characteristic hazardous waste are the same as the federal regulations, including the criteria for identifying hazardous waste by the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. For ease of cross-reference to the equivalent federal regulations, all paragraph numberings in the state regulations are the same as the federal. The federal characteristic waste requirements are described in the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE.

Wastes may be classified as hazardous because of their characteristics or if they have been placed on hazardous waste lists by EPA. See the state sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES for additional guidance.

Many wastes that have been determined not to be hazardous wastes may still be dangerous and have special handling requirements for disposal. Nonhazardous wastes are managed under the Colorado solid waste regulations. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Although Colorado has received EPA authorization to administer the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules, CDPHE does not have authority to delist RCRA wastes under federal ...

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