If your facility generates hazardous waste in quantities of less than 25 gallons (220 pounds) or is the generator of acutely hazardous waste in quantities of less than 2 pounds in a month, your facility is defined, under the Delaware Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste, as a conditionally-exempt small quantity generator (CESQG).
Hazardous wastes can be any solid, liquid, or containerized gas that you can no longer use, and either choose to throw away, recycle or store. A waste is considered hazardous if it is listed or identified as exhibiting a characteristic.
A listed waste is one which is identified on one of four lists contained in the Delaware Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste. These wastes are listed because they have characteristics or toxic constituents shown to be harmful.
Even if a waste does not appear on a list, it may still be hazardous because it has one of the following characteristics:
• IGNITABLE - These wastes are combustible or flammable. Examples are paint wastes, degreasers and solvents.
• CORROSIVE - These wastes can dissolve metal or burn skin. Examples are rust removers, acid or alkaline cleaners.
• REACTIVE - These wastes undergo rapid chemical reactions when mixed with water or other materials. Examples include cyanide plating wastes, bleaches and oxidizers.
• TOXIC - These wastes contain high concentrations of certain metals or volatile chemicals. Toxic wastes are determined through a laboratory test. Examples include pesticides, metals such as lead, cadmium, chromium or creosote wastes.
1) As a CESQG, what must I do to ensure compliance with the DRGHW? The requirements for CESQG are as follows:
a) Identify the hazardous waste generated. Generators are responsible to determine if the waste generated is hazardous. This responsibility may simply be met by using knowledge of the product, now a waste, or may be involved as conducting analytical testing to determine that the waste is not contaminated.
b) Do not accumulate more than 300 gallons (2000 pounds) of hazardous waste or 2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste on your property at any given time. Generators who accumulate quantities of hazardous waste in excess of 300 gallons (2000 pounds) or 2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste gallons are required to fulfill more stringent requirements of the DRGHW.
c) Maintain documentation demonstrating the hazardous waste has been managed appropriately. Documentation includes bills of lading, receipts, manifests, etc. Documentation of proper hazardous waste management must be maintained for a minimum of three years.
d) Hazardous wastes must be managed by a treatment, storage, or disposal facility permitted or approved by the State of Delaware to accept the waste.
2) Can I dispose of my hazardous waste with the trash or in the dumpster?
Absolutely NOT. As stated above, CESQGs must send their wastes to a hazardous waste permitted facility.
To provide information regarding the management of hazardous waste, the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section (SHWMS) has implemented the Hazardous Waste Helpline. You may call 302-739-9403 or e-mail Karen J'Anthony. The helpline is available during normal working hours. Your calls, concerns or questions will be handled by a hazardous waste information expert.
3) Are CESQGs required to notify the State of hazardous waste generated?
No. However, the SHWMS recommends that each CESQG complete a Notification of Regulated Waste Activity form (EPA Form 8700-12). Completed forms should be submitted to:
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
4) How can I get more information about hazardous waste and/or hazardous waste management?
To provide information regarding the management of hazardous waste, the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section (SHWMS) has implemented the Hazardous Waste Helpline. You may call 302-739-9403 or e-mail Karen J'Anthony. The helpline is available during regular working hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Your calls, concerns or questions will be handled by a hazardous waste information expert.