The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation. You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that a considerable amount of the regulatory information on the Hazardous Waste Portal refers to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. Further, state specific guidance from another state that you are not doing business in may not apply to you - check with your state environmental agency for complete and accurate information.





About the Portal

This portal is intended to help generators find hazardous waste compliance assistance resources. The portal includes both federal and state information and it covers most industrial and commercial business sectors as well as households.

The portal catalogs over 800 hazardous waste compliance resources, including guidebooks, fact sheets, reports, checklists, web sites, contacts, and regulations. Various features are available to assist users in finding the best guidance materials and answers to specific questions.

This portal is associated with EPA's Compliance Assistance Centers. These sector-specific Centers may have additional hazardous waste resources that are not included in the portal's database. Users are urged to check your sector-specific Center for additional hazardous waste resources.

Not sure where to start? Try one of the four features on the left hand menu bar:

  • Search Database: Perform custom searches using either keywords or pull-down search terms. Start with a broad search and then narrow the search by selecting qualifiers.
  • State Resources: Access hazardous waste resources for your state, including compliance assistance documents, contacts and regulations.
  • Small Businesses: Find plain language guides, contacts and other resources that can help you understand the rules and stay in compliance.
  • Hazardous Waste Code Search: Find the hazardous waste codes that apply to specific processes, end products, or materials contained in the waste.
  • Homeowners: Locate resources to help you find good environmental solutions for disposing of common hazardous wastes that are generated around the home, such as unused paints/solvents, batteries, electronics, etc.

This website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Funding for this project has been provided by EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Lisa Stobierski, Sr. Program Manager.

What’s New at the Hazardous Waste Portal.

A unique resource, Hazardous Waste Code Search, has been added to the portal. Use this tool to find the waste code corresponding to listed hazardous wastes generated from industrial processes.

Regulatory Updates

EPA clarifies the regulatory of spent lithium batteries - they are Hazardous Waste (D001 and D003) and can be recycled as Universal Waste.

Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Final Rule

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule

Hazardous Waste Import/Export Final Rule Revisions

Compliance News

Final Rule - e-Manifest Amendments2024-07-10

This rule amends certain aspects of the hazardous waste manifest regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, specifically about the e-Manifest system. [ full text ]

EPA to Include PFAS as Hazardous Waste2024-06-17

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to include PFAS as hazardous waste by the country’s definition. [ full text ]

Toxic chemical releases have declined 21% in 10 years according to new Toxics Release Inventory data2024-05-29

EPA released its 2022 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis showing that environmental releases of TRI chemicals from facilities covered by the program were 21% lower in 2022 compared to 2013. [ full text ]

EPA Launches New Website to Improve Transparency in Permitting2024-04-08

The new site centralizes information about all EPA permitting programs, information on delegations of authority to states and descriptions of other requirements that are often applicable (such as Endangered Species Act and National Historic Preservation Act consultation). [ full text ]

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