Texas Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Container management rules: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.152(a)(7) and 30 TAC 335.112(a)(8) (interim status)

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Empty container standards: 30 TAC 335.41(f)(2), 30 TAC 335.508(2), and 30 TAC 335.513

Organic air emissions standards: 30 TAC 335.152(a)(17) to 335.152(a)(19) and 30 TAC 335.112(a)(19) to 335.112(a)(21) (interim status)

Classifying empty containers: 30 TAC 335.508(2) and 30 TAC 335.513

Regulatory Agency

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Compliance and Enforcement

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas has adopted by reference the federal hazardous waste container regulations, including the empty container rules and the organic air emissions standards. In addition, owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) that use containers for hazardous waste management must comply with additional permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees. The state's more stringent permit standards and fees are reviewed in the state section TSDF PERMITS.

Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Office of Compliance and Enforcement administers and enforces the hazardous waste container requirements in Texas.

State Requirements


30 TAC 335.508(2) and 30 TAC 335.513

Class 1 waste. A container that has held a hazardous substance (as defined in 40 CFR 302), a hazardous waste, a Class 1 waste, or a material that would be classified as a Hazardous or Class 1 industrial solid waste if disposed of, and is empty in accordance with 30 TAC ...

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