DEEP: Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste

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Here you can find detailed information and guidance concerning the requirements for the management of hazardous waste.  The term “Hazardous Waste” as used here means discarded chemicals and other wastes generated from commercial, industrial, and institutional activities.

NEW!  DEEP Provides Comments to EPA on Hazardous Waste Management in the Retail Sector   On February 14, 2014, EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on a number of issues concerning the management of hazardous waste in the retail sector.  DEEP responded to this notice with comments based on its experience with inspections and enforcement actions in this sector.
NEW!  Pharmaceutical Universal Waste Stakeholders Group  The Department has established a stakeholders group comprised of professionals with broad professional expertise related to pharmaceuticals to assist in the development of regulations to allow hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to be managed as a Connecticut-listed universal waste.
NEW!  Guidance For Implementing and Documenting Closure (Waste Removal And Decontamination) For Indoor RCRA Hazardous Waste Storage Areas  This new document provides guidance for both Small Quantity Generators and Large Quantity Generators on how to clean up well-managed indoor hazardous waste container storage areas that they have ceased using. This document is not intended to replace DEEP’s guidance document entitled “Draft RCRA Closure Guidance For Generators Who Store Less Than 90 Days, Container Storage Areas and tank Systems” since not all generator storage area closures will meet the eligibility criteria identified in this new guidance.

NEW!  RCRA Small Business Enforcement Policy  This new pilot policy provides relief from penalties resulting from hazardous waste management violations if certain requirements are met for first-time violators that are small businesses.  The policy allows for a full-waiver of the gravity-based portion of the civil penalty in return for prompt correction of the violations and a demonstrated investment in future compliance.

Information on Hazardous Wastes that are generated by residents in their homes.  Such wastes are not subject to the same rules as wastes generated by commercial, industrial, and institutional activities.
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Are you new to Hazardous Waste requirements?  Do you find them overwhelming or don’t know where to begin?  Try this one-stop guide to get you on your way to compliance.
Hazardous Waste On-Line Training Course
An Internet-based training course that provides detailed instruction in hazardous waste requirements for large and small quantity generators of hazardous waste.

What is Hazardous Waste?
An overview of the kinds of wastes that are subject to hazardous waste requirements, and links for more specific information to help you determine which of the wastes you generate are hazardous.
Download a copy of Connecticut’s Hazardous Waste Management Regulations, and the federal regulations that they incorporate.  Includes fact sheets and other documents concerning Connecticut’s Hazardous Waste Management Regulations.

Information on DEEP’s Hazardous Waste Compliance Assistance (“COMPASS”) program.  This program includes a number of different outreach tools to assist hazardous waste handlers in Connecticut achieve compliance and minimize waste.
Describes how DEEP performs hazardous waste inspections and enforces violations of hazardous waste requirements.  Includes numerous tips and advice to help hazardous waste handlers prepare for an inspection and ensure the best outcome (i.e., full compliance – no violations) and advice on how hazardous waste handlers should respond if violations are found during an inspection.

If you are looking for help to find out what kind of hazardous waste generator you are, see RCRA Help!, or DEEP’s Hazardous Waste Generator Category Fact Sheet.

Permitting Requirements
Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup For information on cleanup of hazardous waste sites, see:
Hazardous Waste Manifests
Related Links
Questions?  If you have questions about hazardous waste, call our toll-free COMPASS hotline at 1-888-424-4193, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except state holidays).
Content Last Updated June 5, 2014