Hazardous Waste Transfer, Storage and Disposal
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Subtitle C (RCRA-C)
The State's comprehensive hazardous waste regulatory program is based on Subtitle C of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, known as the RCRA-C program. Regulations that implemented RCRA-C became effective on November 19, 1980, to address adverse impacts to human health and the environment that were being discovered with increasing regularity as a result of unsafe waste handling and disposal practices. In general, New York State's RCRA-C regulations, initially adopted in 1982, focus on: 1) the criteria to determine which wastes are hazardous; 2) the requirements for hazardous waste handlers: generators, transporters, and TSDFs (treatment, storage and disposal facilities); and 3) the technical standards for the design and safe operation of TSDFs. Regulations also address past environmental releases of contaminants through investigation and corrective action activities.
Hazardous Waste Manifest
The hazardous waste manifest program is a key element in controlling hazardous waste. Using a set of forms, reports and procedures, the manifest program tracks hazardous waste from the time it leaves the generator facility where it is produced, until it reaches the off-site waste management facility that will store, treat or dispose of the hazardous waste. This cradle-to-grave tracking system ensures that hazardous waste is transported from the place of generation to the place of ultimate disposal without being tampered with, dumped, or otherwise illegally disposed of along the way.
More about Hazardous Waste Transfer, Storage and Disposal:
- RCRA-C (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) in New York State: Managing Hazardous Waste - This program is changing the ways in which commerce and industry handle their most toxic forms of waste.
- Hazardous Waste Manifest System - New York State tracks the movement of hazardous waste generated and managed in the State from "cradle to grave" - from when it leaves the place of generation until it gets to the place where it is managed.
- Hazardous Waste Manifesting Training Material - Instructions and guidance for the proper completion of a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest form as well as state and federal reporting requirements.