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Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan Resources

NYSDEC's Pollution Prevention (P2) Unit is offering guidance and resources for finding alternatives to reduce environmental, health, and safety impacts associated with solvents. View the fact sheet here (PDF, 164 KB)

In addition, the P2 unit is offering guidance and resources on hazardous wastewater reductions. View the fact sheet here (PDF, 167KB)


  1. NYSDEC's Pollution Prevention Unit HWRP team and staff from the RCRA Compliance and Technical Support Section conducted a joint webinar on May 13, 2020 on an HWRP refresher and updates to FedReg 5 and FedReg 6 under RCRA.
  2. NYSDEC and The NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) presented a 1-hour webinar on May 21, 2019 and the link to the recording is below. NYSP2I present case studies involving hazardous waste reductions at facilities that generate hazardous waste. DEC provides an overview and program updates of the Hazardous Waste Reduction Planning Program.
    • Recorded Webinar (Skip to approx. minute 11:50 to find beginning of recorded webinar; link leaves DEC's website and opens a webinar. This will take some time to open)
    • PowerPoint slides only (PDF, 2.3 MB)
  3. Guidance on how to complete and submit a Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan (HWRP). DEC presented this 50-minute webinar on May 24, 2017 and it provides assistance on the successful development of a Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan, and the subsequent Annual Status Reports and Biennial Updates required under the HWRP program:
  4. Guidance on how to complete and submit an Annual Status Report (ASR) or Biennial Update (BU) subsequent to the initial Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan (HWRP). DEC presented this 50-minute webinar on May 23, 2018. Slides are available here:
  5. NYSDEC and the NYSP2I presented a 50-minute webinar on March 8, 2017 and the link to the recording is below. The presentation emphasizes how being preventative, rather than reactive, is a win-win due to the high costs and multiple risks associated with managing hazardous waste:
  6. NYSP2I presents a webinar on Best Practices for Sustainable Manufacturing (link leaves DEC website to YouTube).

NYSP2I Case Studies & Fact Sheets:

New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) has worked with numerous companies throughout NY state to assist them in reducing their generation of hazardous waste. Below are links to several case studies detailing the reduction opportunities they have found.

Note: All links in this section leave the DEC website.

Durez Corporation Focuses on Hazardous Waste Reduction

  • Challenge: Durez wanted to identify viable, sustainable options to reduce the amounts of hazardous waste generated, including distillate by-product from production kettles, spent solvent used for cleaning, and various other small streams, some of which are commingled with non-hazardous waste.

NYSP2I Works with Triple Cities Metal Finishing Corp and C.H. Thompson Company, Inc. on Implementation of Water Reduction Recommendations for Plating Operations

  • Challenge: Metal plating is a water-intensive manufacturing activity that requires a large quantity of solution and many rinse baths to achieve the conduction that attracts and binds finishing materials to the base metal substrate. For high volume and large metal parts, this process creates an enormous demand for water. TCMF and CHT sought to reduce water consumption in these operations.

NYSP2I Identifies Process Options to Reduce a Costly Cleaning Waste for KIK Custom Products

  • Challenge: KIK wanted to evaluate their manufacturing and cleaning activities in an effort to identify potential opportunities for reducing cleaning waste quantities and avoid disposal.

Tompkins Metal Finishing - NYSP2I Performs Water and Chemical Use Assessment of Plating Operations

  • Challenge: Tompkins sought to implement opportunities to reduce process water consumption, reuse and recycle process water that is consumed, and mitigate the severity of chemical contamination of process water.

Crosman Corporation - NYSP2I Performs Water Assessment for Finishing Operations

  • Challenge: Crosman wanted to consider source reduction opportunities to reduce process water use and subsequent wastewater generation.

E.C. Sumereau & Son - NYSP2I Evaluates Wastewater and Hazardous Waste Reduction Opportunities

  • Challenge: Sumereau would like to explore opportunities to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated along with the costs associated with managing and disposal of the waste.

Costly Hazardous Waste Reduction in Heat Treating Operation

  • The company wanted to identify practical options to reduce the hazardous waste generated from
    the salt bath quench tank cleaning activities.

NYSP2I Performs Acid Control and Recovery Assessment for Control Electropolishing Corporation

  • Challenge: Control Electropolishing sustainability focus is to improve acid use efficiency to reduce acid purchase costs, treatment costs, and hazardous waste quantities.

NYSP2I Performs Ethanol Waste Reduction and Facility Water Assessment for Personal Care Product Manufacturer

  • Challenge: A personal care product manufacture wanted to identify ways to reduce the large quantities of ethanol and water that was used in their process for cleaning manufacturing equipment.

Promising technologies...

Anti-Corrosive Graphene Nanocomposite Coatings

  • This technology has the potential to be a scalable solution for replacement of a carcinogen/environmental toxin widely used as a corrosion inhibitor.

Evaluation of Vacuum Cycle Nucleation as an Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Process

  • Challenge: Determine if Vaccum Cycle Nucleation (VCN) is the environmental & economic alternative to cleaning precision medical devices with Ultrasonic Cleaning.


  1. Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan Fillable Form (PDF, 1.83 MB) - Please use this PDF form to complete your initial Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan. Save it to your computer to fill it out. Once it's completed, email it to .
  2. Annual Status Report Fillable Form (PDF, 474 KB) - Please use this PDF form when you need to complete your Annual Status Report (ASR). Save it to your computer to fill it out. Once it's completed, email it to .
  3. Biennial Update Fillable Form (PDF, 1.58 MB) - Please use this PDF form when you need to complete your Biennial Update (BU). Save it to your computer to fill it out. Once it's completed, email it to .
  4. Tables 1 and 2 - This is an excel document which you can use to submit your tables along with your HWRP or ASR or BU. Note: These tables are included as part of the fillable forms noted in items 1 - 3. You may use this document if you are submitting a HWRP, ASR or BU without using the fillable forms.