Manage dangerous waste for businesses
Many businesses in Washington generate some type of dangerous waste — waste that is harmful to human health and the environment. Businesses must:
- Follow the Dangerous Waste Regulations.
- Properly handle and dispose of dangerous waste.
- Submit annual reports and may be subject to possible fees.
Our agency provides non-enforcement services for businesses to help them reduce waste and pollution. We provide customized solutions and suggestions for businesses to help them improve overall efficiency and cut down on costs.
Learn more about managing dangerous waste
Dangerous waste vs. Hazardous waste
Washington state uses the term "dangerous waste" more 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."
Dangerous waste guidance
Knowing whether your business has dangerous waste, how much, and the rules you have to follow is a process. Learn more about:
- Dangerous waste basics (such as designation, counting, generator category).
- Common types of dangerous waste your business may have.
Learn more about Dangerous Waste Guidance.
Pollution prevention assistance for businesses
Businesses in Washington can take advantage of our non-enforcement services to help them reduce waste, pollution, and costs in the long run. We can help you:
- Reduce your toxic chemical use and dangerous waste generation.
- Switch to safer products.
- Complete and submit your Pollution Prevention (P2) plan.
- Improve manufacturing practices and efficiency.
- Understand and comply with the Dangerous Waste Regulations.
Learn more about our Pollution Prevention Services for Businesses.
Dangerous waste reporting and fees
Besides proper management of dangerous waste, your business will also need to report this waste. Depending on the amount you generate, and a variety of other factors, you may need to submit:
There are also fees you may be subject to:
- Hazardous waste generation fee: ALL facilities that generate dangerous waste pay this fee.
- Hazardous waste planning fee: Some facilities that submit a P2 plan, may be subject to this fee.
Learn more about Reports and Fees.
Dispose, recycle, or treat dangerous waste
If your business generates dangerous waste, you are responsible for it cradle-to-grave. This means you are responsible for this waste as long as it exists, even after it leaves your site.
Most businesses hire a hazardous waste service provider to handle all aspects of proper disposal. This will depend on your business needs and type of waste generated.
- Learn how to properly Dispose, Recycle, or Treat Dangerous Waste.