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These pages provide information, guidance and copies of the regulations regarding hazardous waste management, including generation, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal.

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Hazardous wastes are regulated under RCRA, the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act.  The regulations have been codified at 40 CFR Part 260-280 hazdrum2.JPG (2955 bytes) smallnew.gif (926 bytes) News:   The HWIR (Hazardous Waste Identification Rule) was just published in the Federal Register on Monday, Nov. 30, 1998.  Click here fore more.

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Download the most recently published 40CFR Hazardous Waste Regulations here!

You can view and print the federal hazardous waste regulations
( 40 CFR 260 to 280) right here, or click here to search the federal regs !

  • Part 239 - Requirements for State Permit Program Determination of Adequacy
  • Part 240 - Guidelines for the Thermal Processing of Solid Wastes
  • Part 243 - Guidelines for the Storage and Collection of Residential, Commercial, and Institutional Solid Waste
  • Part 246 - Source Separation for Materials Recovery Guidelines
  • Part 247 - Comprehensive Procurement Guideline for Products Containing Recovered Materials
  • Part 254 - Prior Notice of Citizen Suits
  • Part 255 - Identification of Regions and Agencies for Solid Waste Management
  • Part 256 - Guidelines for Development and Implementation of State Solid Waste Management Plans
  • Part 257 - Criteria for Classification of Solid Waste Disposal Facilities and Practices
  • Part 258 - Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
  • Part 260 - Hazardous Waste Management System: General
  • Part 261 - Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste
  • Part 262 - Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste
  • Part 263 - Standards Applicable to Transporters of Hazardous Waste
  • Part 264 - Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities
  • Part 265 - Interim Status Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities
  • Part 266 - Standards for the Management of Specific Hazardous Wastes and Specific Types of Hazardous Waste Management Facilities
  • Part 268 - Land Disposal Restrictions
  • Part 270 - EPA Administered Permit Programs: The Hazardous Waste Permit Program
  • Part 271 - Requirements for Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Programs
  • Part 272 - Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Programs
  • Part 273 - Standards for Universal Waste Management
  • Part 279 - Standards for the Management of Used Oil
  • Part 280 - Technical Standards and Corrective Action Requirements for Owners and Operators of Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Part 281 - Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Programs
  • Part 282 - Approved Underground Storage Tank Programs

State Hazardous Waste Regulations

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As an example, here are Georgia's regulations; which are largely an unaltered adoption of the federal regs.

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Facts & Figures for Nonhazardous and Hazardous Waste Generators and Transporters
(from the
Municipal Solid Waste Characterization Report, 1996 Edition , and the 1995 RCRA Biennial Report )

  • In 1996 a total of 209.7 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW, commonly known as "trash" or "waste", of which hazardous waste is a special subset) was generated. This reflects a decrease of nearly 2 million tons from 1995, when MSW generation was 211.5 million tons. Of the MSW generated, 57.3 million tons (27.3 percent) were recovered by recycling or composting, 36.1 million tons (17.2 percent) were combusted at high temperatures, and 116.3 million tons (55.5 percent) were landfilled.
  • The per capita generation rate in 1996 was 4.3 pounds per person per day, compared to 4.4 pounds per person per day in 1995.
  • The per capita discard rate (after recovery for recycling, including composting) was 3.2 pounds per person per day in 1996, down from 3.3 pounds per person per day in 1995.
  • Recycling (including composting) recovered 27 percent (57 million tons) of MSW in 1996, up from 26 percent (55 million tons) in 1995.
  • There were nearly 9,000 curbside recycling programs in the United States in 1996, as well as more than 10,000 drop-off centers for recyclables. About 360 materials recovery facilities helped process the recyclables collected. More than 3,000 yard trimmings composting programs were reported.
  • Recovery of paper and paperboard reached 41 percent (33 million tons) in 1996, accounting for more than half of the total MSW recovered. In addition, nearly 11 million tons of yard trimmings were recovered for composting in 1996, accounting for the second largest fraction of total recovery. The percentage of yard trimmings composted (38 percent) has more than doubled since 1992.
  • Landfills managed 55 percent of MSW generated (116 million tons), down from 57 percent in 1995. Combustion facilities managed 17 percent (36 million tons) of total MSW generated, about the same as in 1995.
  • In 1995, 20,873 LQGs produced 214 million tons of hazardous waste regulated by RCRA. This is a decrease of 3,489 LQGs and a decrease of 44 million tons of waste compared to 1993. The five (5) States whose LQGs generated the largest amount of hazardous waste were Texas (69 million tons), Tennessee (39 million tons), Louisiana (17 million tons), Michigan (13 million tons), and lllinois (13 million tons). Together, the LQGs in these States accounted for 70% of the national total waste generated.
  • In 1995, wastewater generation accounted for 95% of the national generation total, while in 1993, wastewater generation accounted for 92% percent of the national generation total.
  • Overall, total hazardous waste generation decreased from 258 million tons in 1993 to 214 million tons in 1995. Wastewater generation decreased from 237 million tons in 1993 to 202 million tons in 1995, and non-wastewater generation decreased from 22 million tons in 1993 to over 11 million tons in 1995.

Specific Waste Identification Topics

Very useful resources and guides:

  The Complete Guide to the Hazardous Waste Regulations: A Comprehensive Step-By-Step Guide to the Regulation of Hazardous Waste Under Rcra, Tsca, Hmt (Industrial Health & Safety)

  Click on the links to read details, reviews, see inside the book, etc.