Managing Household Hazardous Wastes
Household Hazardous Waste Statutes and Regulations
California Health and Safety Code (HSC), Division 20, Chapter 6.5, Article 10.8., Sections 25218.12 establishes the authority and basic operating requirements for public agency collection and management of household hazardous waste. Regulatory standards for the management of household hazardous waste and authorization requirements for collection are available at the following links:
Chapter 6.5 Section 25218 of the Health and Safety Code
HHW must be managed in accordance with state hazardous waste laws. In general, these laws require that hazardous wastes be disposed of at permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDF) or a recycling facility as appropriate. These laws further require that hazardous waste be transported by a registered hazardous waste transporter and that the waste is identified on a hazardous waste manifest.
Because Local agencies are assumed to have close control over the handling of HHW, California Hazardous Waste Law provides several management requirements for HHW generators and establishes a streamlined permitting process for HHW Collection Facilities.
Reduced management requirements provided to households include: