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Businesses that generate dangerous waste are required to keep records about their waste. Your generator category determines the type of records and length of time you must keep them:

  • Medium quantity generators (MQGs) and large quantity generators (LQGs) must keep records, typically for five years.
  • Small quantity generators (SQGs) have less requirements but are encouraged to keep records in the same manner as MQGs and LQGs.

What records do you need to keep?

The most common records required are grouped by generator category below. Additional records may be required depending on the type of dangerous waste or dangerous waste activity at your facility. For example:

Should you keep hard copy or digital records?

You can keep digital records as long as you can provide hard copies upon request. We do, however, highly recommend you keep a hard copy of the following items in the event of an emergency:

  • Written contingency plans.
  • Quick reference guides.