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Hazardous Waste Generator Program


Hazardous Waste Generator Program

The purpose of the hazardous waste program is to ensure that all hazardous wastes are properly handled, recycled, treated, stored and disposed.

Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, or contained gases. They can be the by-products of manufacturing processes, discarded used materials, or discarded unused commercial products, such as cleaning fluids (solvents) or pesticides.

The State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control authorizes us to inspect and regulate non-permitted hazardous waste generators in San Mateo County based on the Hazardous Waste Control Law found in the California Health and Safety Code Division 20, Chapter 6.5 and regulations found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4.5. These regulations require businesses generating any amount of hazardous waste as defined by regulation to properly store, manage and dispose of hazardous waste. Our staff conducts annual inspections at businesses to assess compliance with state law and regulations.

Free Hazardous Waste Training

San Mateo County is providing FREE Hazardous Waste Management training for businesses within the County that generate less than 1,000 kg of hazardous waste per month, excluding universal wastes, and/or 1kg or less of acutely or extremely hazardous waste per month (defined as Small Quantity Generators or SQGs).

The free training will cover the basics of identifying hazardous waste, proper labeling and accumulation requirements for hazardous waste and recordkeeping requirements. The training will also cover universal waste management requirements.

Participants will receive a comprehensive course manual and a certificate of completion. In addition, facility representatives will receive a Compliance Binder to organize their facility’s hazardous waste required records.

2017 Training Dates
July 13th
August 10th
September 14th
October 12th
November 9th
December 14th








All training takes place at 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Classes will be conducted in English.

Please contact the registrar at (800) 637-2384, or fax the registration form to (916) 353-2375 to reserve your spot, space is limited.

Universal Waste

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