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Manage your waste

Businesses in Washington are required to follow the state dangerous waste regulations. You must ensure proper handling and disposal of your dangerous waste.

Most businesses in Washington generate some type of dangerous waste — waste that’s potentially harmful to our health and environment. You are required to determine whether the waste your business generates is dangerous. You must also handle your dangerous waste safely and dispose of it properly.

Knowing whether you have dangerous waste, how much, and the rules you have to follow is a process. Learn about common types of dangerous waste.

General requirements

Is my waste dangerous?

Designation is the process of determining if a waste is a dangerous waste and what the hazards are. It's the first step in managing your dangerous waste properly. To properly manage your waste, you must:

What is my generator status?

Your generator status determines which rules apply to your business. Your status is based on how much waste you generate and accumulate at your facility. Small quantity generators have the fewest rules to follow. Medium and large quantity generators have more rules to follow and reports to submit.

How much waste do I have?

After you determine you have a dangerous waste, you must know how much you generate each month. This is called "counting."

Disposing of dangerous waste

Most businesses hire a hazardous waste service provider to transport and dispose of their wastes. Even if you hire a contractor, it's your responsibility to ensure proper disposal.