Statewide Statistics - Hazardous Waste Generation and Management
2012 Summary Data Presentation
Hazardous Waste Annual Reports are submitted by large quantity generators to NYSDEC each year and provide information on each facility's hazardous waste generation and management.
This webpage provides summary information generated from the 2012 Hazardous Waste Reports, presented by Statewide totals and by NYSDEC Region.
Large quantity generators (LQGs) are those that meet any of the following criteria:
- in any single month 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) or more of hazardous waste is generated; or
- in any single month, or accumulated at any time, 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of acute hazardous waste is generated; or
- at any time more than 100 kg (220 lbs) of spill cleanup material contaminated with acute hazardous waste is generated or accumulated.
Managed On-Site (tons)
Shipped Off-Site (tons)
Tables included in Hazardous Waste Generation in New York State in 2012 - Details State-Wide and by NYSDEC Region (PDF) (85 Page, 388 KB) provide greater detail of this information, including:
- A listing of large quantity generators in 2012 by NYSDEC region;
- The quantity of hazardous waste managed on-site, statewide and in each NYSDEC region; if it was considered primary, secondary or remedial (see definitions below); and how it was managed at its destination;
- The quantity of hazardous waste shipped off-site, statewide and from each NYSDEC region; if it was considered primary, secondary or remedial; and how it was managed at its destination; and
- The quantity of hazardous waste shipped off-site, statewide and from each NYSDEC region, by waste type categories.
Definitions for Understanding the Data
Descriptions of the annual reporting codes used in these definitions are in the Hazardous Waste Annual Report Instructions and Forms .
Definition of Primary, Secondary, and Remedial Generation
Hazardous waste can be generated in a number of ways. It can originate from industrial processes, but can also be generated from treating hazardous waste and from cleaning up improperly managed waste or spills. These remedial wastes may be generated from cleanup under state and federal environmental programs as well as outside those programs. While there is a goal to decrease the amount of hazardous waste generated from industrial processes, particularly per unit of production, remedial waste increases can be viewed as a positive trend since it reflects increased environmental clean-up actions.
Hazardous waste can be tracked by categories based on the means by which the waste is generated, as follows:
- Primary hazardous waste is generated directly by a production, manufacturing or service activity, or as a result of the treatment of a previously existing non-hazardous waste. In the annual reporting source codes, this includes G01 through G19 and G22.
- Secondary hazardous waste is generated as a result of the treatment of a previously existing hazardous waste. Two examples are:
1) hazardous waste treatment processes resulting in the generation of hazardous sludges; and
2) a materials recovery operation generating a hazardous residual from the non-recoverable contents of the original hazardous waste.
In the annual reporting source codes, this includes G21, and G23 through G27.
- Remedial hazardous waste is generated as a result of the cleanup of spills or accidental releases of contaminants, or the cleanup of historic contamination.
In the annual reporting source codes, this includes G31 through G49.
Definition of Wastewater
For the purposes of these tables, a wastewater has a management method code of H135 or a form code of W101 from the hazardous waste annual report codes.
Definition of Handling Methods
These are defined using hazardous waste annual report management method codes.
- Recycling: H010, H020, H039
- Burning: H040
- Treatment: H071, H073, H075, H076, H077, H081, H082, H083, H101, H103, H111, H121, H122 H123, H124, and H129
- Landfilll: H112, H131, H132, and H134
- Storage: H141