How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste

How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. In the United States, the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These wastes have been classified by the EPA under “listed wastes,” “characteristic wastes,” “universal wastes,” and “mixed wastes.”


Listed wastes include wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes. Characteristic wastes are wastes that exhibit ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. Universal wastes include batteries, pesticides, mercury containing equipment, and fluorescent lamps. Mixed wastes are wastes that contain both radioactive and hazardous waste components. These classifications can be found here.


To prevent these products from going in the landfill, it is important to identify proper treatment, storage, and disposal facilities in the area. Toxic chemicals can leach out of the landfill when the hazardous products are broken down and compressed underground, posing threats to surrounding communities. Contaminated groundwater is also a consequence of improper universal waste disposal.


Each city has a Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. Click the following link for the contact information for your city:


If you have further questions about how to dispose of your hazardous waste or other waste programs, please call PIN Waste at 858-848-9278 or email

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