What is a hazardous waste?
Hazardous wastes have properties or contain chemicals which make them dangerous or capable of having harmful effects on public health or on the environment. The hazardous properties are ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. A hazardous waste is considered to have been “generated” when it is put into a container for disposal or a determination has been made that the material is no longer useable. Hazardous wastes managed in the course of running a business – this includes wastes from municipalities and from businesses operated out of a home – are regulated by the Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (VHWMR).
Hazardous Waste Management Program
The Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Program regulates the generation, transportation, storage, treatment, recycling and disposal of hazardous waste, used oil, and universal hazardous waste. The program, which is authorized by the US EPA to be implemented in lieu of the federal hazardous waste program, maintains the VHWMR. The program conducts inspections to evaluate compliance and responds to citizens' complaints regarding the mishandling of hazardous waste; tracks hazardous waste manifests (shipping records) to ensure all hazardous wastes are delivered to appropriate facilities; issues permits to facilities that engage in long-term or commercial storage and facilities that treat or dispose of hazardous waste; and provides regulatory assistance; and tracks hazardous waste data.