Under the RCRA, hazardous waste generators (40 CFR Part 261 and 262) are the first link in the cradle-to-grave hazardous waste management system.1-3 Because various types of facilities generate different quantities of wastes resulting in varying degrees of risk to human health and the environment, the degree of regulation to which each generator is subjected to depends on how much waste each generator produces every calendar month (Box B).
|Categories of hazardous waste generators||Definitions of hazardous waste generator categories||Regulatory requirement|
|Large quantity generators (LQG)||Facilities that generate:
||LQGs and SQGs must:
|Small quantity generators (SQG)||Facilities that generate:
|Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQG)||Facilities that generate: