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If you don’t know whether your business generates a hazardous waste, or if you are not managing hazardous wastes properly, you could be in violation of federal/state laws and rules. All wastes generated from a business must be evaluated to determine if the waste is a hazardous waste. If you have a hazardous waste, Ohio has specific rules on how to handle and dispose of it. Ohio EPA’s fact sheet Identifying Your Hazardous Waste can help you with this process.
Any material a business no longer uses is considered a waste. Hazardous waste may be either a listed waste (specific lists published in both U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA rules) or it may exhibit one or more hazardous characteristic(s).
Listed wastes are identified in both federal and state rules. Listed wastes include:
Characteristic hazardous waste, or D wastes, include wastes that exhibit characteristic that make them hazardous. These characteristics include:
To identify your hazardous waste:
When evaluating waste, you can send your waste to a laboratory for testing, use generator knowledge and use vendor-supplied information like Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Ohio EPA’s Use of Generator Knowledge in Hazardous Waste Evaluation fact sheet may help you. Note, that with few exceptions, any waste that is mixed with or derived from a listed hazardous waste (F, K, P or U lists) is also considered a listed hazardous waste. Examples include mixing an F-listed solvent with nonhazardous materials, and deriving distillation bottoms from reclaiming an F-listed solvent.
Read more about properly identifying and managing your hazardous waste in Ohio EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Handbook. Small businesses can also contact the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) at (614) 644-3469 or (800) 329-7518 for free help. OCAPP is a non-regulatory office within the Ohio EPA that helps small businesses understand and comply with environmental requirements.
Some common hazardous wastes are:
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