Hazardous Waste Determination: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Statutes and rules for determining a hazardous waste status: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act(RCRA) 42 USC 6903 and regulations at 40 CFR 260 and 40 CFR 261

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Determining solid waste status:

“Solid waste” defined: RCRA 42 USC 6903(27) and 40 CFR 261.2

Other key definitions: 40 CFR 260.43, 40 CFR 261.2(g), and 40 CFR 261.2(c)(8)

Materials excluded from being solid wastes: 40 CFR 261.4(a)

Conditional solid waste exclusions for cathode-ray tubes (CRTs): 40 CFR 260.10, 40 CFR 261.4(a)(22), and 40 CFR 261.39 to 261.41

Conditional solid waste exclusion for laundered solvent-contaminated wipes: 40 CFR 261.4(a)(26) and 40 CFR 260.10

Conditional solid waste exclusion for verified recyclers: 40 CFR 261.4(a)(24) and 40 CFR 261.400 to 261.420

Conditional solid waste exclusion for remanufacturing solvents: 40 CFR 261.4(a)(27), 40 CFR 261.170 to 261.200, and 40 CFR 261.1030 to 261.1089

Determining hazardous waste status:

Definitions of “hazardous”: RCRA 42 USC 6903(5) and 40 CFR 261.3

Solid wastes excluded from being hazardous wastes: 40 CFR 261.4(b) to 261.4(f)

Raw material, product, and process unit wastes: 40 CFR 261.4(c)

Sample and treatability study hazardous waste exclusions: 40 CFR 261.4(d) to 261.4(f)

Dredged material hazardous waste exclusion: 40 CFR 261.4(g)

Conditional hazardous waste exclusion for carbon dioxide (CO2) streams: 40 CFR 261.4(h)

Conditional hazardous waste exclusion for disposal of solvent-contaminated wipes: 40 CFR 261.4(b)(18) and 40 CFR 260.10

Listed hazardous wastes:

Listing criteria: 40 CFR 261.11 and Appendices to 40 CFR 261

Generator knowledge: 40 CFR 261.11(c)

F, K, P, and U wastes: 40 CFR 261.31 to 261.33

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Hazardous waste numbers: 40 CFR ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
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Critical 2017/2018 Hazardous Waste Generator Information
Hazardous Waste Determination Overview
Determining Solid Waste Status
Determining Hazardous Waste Status
Listed Hazardous Wastes
Characteristic Hazardous Wastes
When the Hazardous Waste Definition No Longer Applies
Petitions, Variances, and Nonwaste Determinations
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