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.

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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:

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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:

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.