Small quantity generators (SQGs)

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Read the guide for SQGs.

Small quantity generators (SQGs) generate dangerous waste, but do so in lesser quantities than other generator categories.

While all dangerous waste generators must follow the Dangerous Waste Regulations, the rules for SQGs are less complex than those of other generators, which is why being “small” can be a benefit.

Learn more about how to qualify as an SQG:

  • Monthly dangerous waste counts.
  • Accumulation limits.
  • Disposal options.

SQGs can also get free, hands-on pollution prevention assistance to help them improve workplace safety, better understand the regulations, and other helpful advice. 

Who qualifies to be an SQG?

Your generator category can change every month based on the amount of dangerous waste you generate. To meet the definition of an SQG, you must meet the following requirements:

How do SQGs manage dangerous waste?

While there are fewer regulations for SQGs to follow, there are still requirements.

Watch Dangerous Waste Basics: A Guide for Small Quantity Generators video or request a free DVD.

  1. Designate your waste to determine if it’s dangerous waste and what type.
    • Apply the proper waste codes (if any).
    • Determine how to safely contain and store it.
  2. Determine your generator category
  3. Manage dangerous waste containers safely:
    • Keep containers closed and never mix incompatibles.
    • While not required for SQGs, labeling containers is a good practice.

How do SQGs recycle or dispose of waste?

SQGs may transport their own waste to a disposal or recycling facility or hire a waste service provider to transport and dispose of their waste. Most businesses choose to hire a waste service provider.

The SQG regulations include a full list of dangerous waste disposal options, however, the most common include:

Frequently asked questions

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