Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Program

The Vermont Hazardous Waste 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.

Example of a Satellite Storage Area
Example of a satellite storage area

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).

Important Program News and Links:

Webinar: An Overview of Recent Changes to the VHWMR - August 2022 (NEW)

Vermont Hazardous Waste Program Newsletter - August 2022 (NEW)

Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations Effective February 1, 2022 (NEW)

Hazardous Waste Program Contacts

We are actively in the process of updating our webpage to reflect the changes in the Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (VHWMR), Effective February 1, 2022.  Please bear with us as we make the necessary changes. 

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

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Montpelier, VT 05620-3704