Dangerous waste basics
Dangerous waste is a complex topic. These tools and resources are a good place to get started.
What is dangerous waste?
Most businesses in Washington generate some type of dangerous waste — waste that’s potentially harmful to health and the environment. You are responsible for handling and disposing of your waste properly.
Learn about specific types of dangerous waste, and how to manage them safely.
In state regulations, Washington uses the term "dangerous waste," while federal law uses the term "hazardous waste." Washington's Dangerous Waste Regulations are based on the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Dangerous waste includes more wastes than the federal definition because Washington's rules are more protective than federal rules.
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Dangerous Waste Regulations
The Dangerous Waste Regulations are online and searchable by topic or keyword.
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Guide for Dangerous Waste Generators in Washington
Use this quick reference to find out what dangerous waste rules apply to each generator status (small, medium, or large quantity generator). If you’re unsure which category you’re in, learn about generator status.
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How to Develop a Personnel Training Plan
Employee training is essential to worker safety and accident prevention.
Shop Guide for Dangerous Waste Management
This guide covers how to properly manage several common types of dangerous waste. Keep your employees, community, and environment safe by following these practices.
Guía para Talleres Manejo de Desechos Peligrosos
Spanish language version of the Shop Guide for Dangerous Waste Management.