Businesses that generate any amount of dangerous waste are responsible for this waste from cradle to grave. In Washington state, the Dangerous Waste Regulations determine what dangerous waste is, and how businesses should properly handle and dispose of it.
For most businesses, the process will involve these basic steps:
This page offers some introductory videos, publications, and posters to help you better understand the basics of dangerous waste management.
What is dangerous waste?
Washington state uses the term "dangerous waste" rather than the federal law's term of "hazardous waste." This is because Washington state's Dangerous Waste Regulations are more protective than federal laws. The definition of "dangerous waste" is more expansive than "hazardous waste."
What are the Dangerous Waste Regulations?
The regulations are based on the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), but are more protective. You may find the regulations in the following formats:
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Shoptalk and other publications
Shoptalk, our dangerous waste and pollution prevention newsletter, comes out three times a year. It provides information on training, best practices, rulemaking, and reporting deadlines. We recommend businesses subscribe to Shoptalk for the latest issues and updates.
Guides for businesses
Businesses may find the following publications helpful. This is by no means an exhaustive list of our publications about dangerous waste, but these offer some essential guidance: