Hawaii Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Hawaii Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Container management rules: Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) HAR 11-262.1-1, HAR 11-264.1-1 and HAR 11-265.1-1 (interim status) Empty container rules: HAR 11-261.1-1 Organic air emission standards: HAR 11-264.1-1, HAR 11-264.1-21 to 11-264.1-23; HAR 11-265.1-1 and HAR 11-265.1-21 to 11-265.1-23 (interim status)

Regulatory Agencies
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Hawaii Department of Health (HDH) Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch Hazardous Waste Section

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Hawaii adopts by reference the federal requirements for managing hazardous waste containers that are applicable to owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). In addition, Hawaii adopts by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Hawaii as of September 30, 2018, which includes standards that allow generators to accumulate hazardous waste on-site in containers. The federal container requirements include empty container standards and organic air emissions standards. There are no additional state requirements.

· Administration and enforcement. The Hawaii Department of Health’s (HDH) Solid and Hazardous Waste Section administers and enforces the container rules in Hawaii.


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