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Generators are individuals that produce hazardous waste, usually as a result of an industrial process. Unless the generator has a government issued permit, or falls into one of a very small number of specific exceptions, the generator must have the waste transported by a licensed haz waste transporter to a facility that can recycle , treat, store, or dispose of the waste. For the regulations about identifying hazardous waste, see 40 CFR 261 [Adobe Acrobat PDF File].
Hazardous waste may be transported to another location to be treated, stored or disposed, or may be managed at the place of generation. When waste is to be transported off-site, the generator prepares a shipping document called a manifest. This tracking form must accompany the waste to its final destination, and is used to track the waste from "cradle-to-grave." For additional information see The Hazardous Waste Manifest .
Regulatory definitions for generators (and transporters) can be found at 40 CFR 260.10 [Adobe Acrobat PDF File].
Hazardous waste generators are divided into three categories, based on the amount of waste produced, and are subject to different levels of regulation. The three types of hazardous generators are: (For more detailed information, refer to the links under each generator type.)
Requirements for CESQGs (Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators) includes:
(see also 40 CFR 261.5 [Adobe Acrobat PDF File]).
Requirements for SQGs (Small Quantity Generators) and LQGs (Large Quantity Generators) include:
(see also 40 CFR 262 [Adobe Acrobat PDF File]).
Some states may have additional requirements for generators. You should contact your state environmental office if you are not familiar with the requirements that may apply to you.
The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest (the manifest) is a form used to track the movement of hazardous waste from the point of generation to the point of ultimate disposition ("cradle to grave"). (For information regarding the manifest requirements, see
40 CFR part 262, subpart B
[Adobe Acrobat PDF File]).
RCRA manifests include information such as:
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