Every business generates waste, some of which may be considered hazardous waste which has special requirement and regulations that govern how it is handled. The Nevada Business Environmental Program (BEP) staff is here to help answer your questions related to hazardous waste. BEP staff can:
- Answer your questions over the phone regarding hazardous waste;
- Perform a site visit to help assess regulatory compliance and to provide guidance to return to compliance (free and confidential); and
- Assist in understanding the regulations.
BEP has put together a variety of fact sheets to assist businesses in gaining a better understanding of the various regulations that may impact your business. Some of the commonly asked questions have been developed into fact sheets available on our web site. Those questions include:
- What is a Hazardous Waste?
- How do I know my hazardous waste generator status?
- What do I do with my fluorescent lamps?
- What do I do with spent aerosol cans?
BEP has compiled a list of key points on hazardous waste management to assist Nevada businesses with understanding the requirements of the hazardous waste regulations.
The BEP also offers regular seminars on hazardous waste management which are free of charge. Visit our calendar to view upcoming events in your area. Feel free to contact BEP if you would like one of the BEP staff to provide your business with custom training.
Am I affected?
Every business is capable of generating hazardous wastes, even retail operations. What are typical hazardous wastes found in businesses?
- Fluorescent lamps because of mercury
- Computer monitors because of lead
- Aerosol cans because of the remaining contents and pressure
- Spent solvents, paints, batteries, etc.
- Completing the hazardous waste manifest: The EPA has a document that can guide you on how to complete the EPA Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest.
What do I do?
First, if you don’t know anything about hazardous waste call us, we’re here to help you. If you have a basic understanding, remember ALL businesses must perform a waste determination on everything exiting their facility. Is it hazardous or not?
What is hazardous waste?
Is your waste a “listed waste”?
Is your waste ignitable?
Is your waste corrosive?
Is your waste reactive?
Is your waste toxic?
How will my business be regulated?
Hazardous waste generators (businesses generating hazardous waste) fall into one of three categories:
Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CEG)
Small Quantity Generators (SQG)
Large Quantity Generators (LQG)