Hazardous Waste Reporting Advisory: Deadline for CA and WA is March 1st

We can help you meet the deadline!

In Washington they do it every year. In California they only have to do it every other year – and this is the year! We are referring of course to hazardous waste management federal reporting and with a deadline of March 1, 2016 time is of the essence.

Washington and California each have different reporting requirements as well as unique tools to use for reports so we’ve broken them out separately for easier reference. In general, the average time burden to compile reports is approximately 14 hours, but don’t worry — if you don’t have the time or don’t want to spend it on reporting, we can help. Complete details are at the end of this article.

Washington Requirements

Large Quantity Generators (LQG) and Small Quanity Generators (SQG) of both RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and non-RCRA dangerous (hazardous) waste are required to complete and file the reports by March 1st. Last year, the state adopted an Academic Laboratory Rule that provides alternative methods for managing and reporting some dangerous waste activities for eligible academic entities, and if you are in that category, you will want to be sure to check and see if it applies to you.

While you can still do all of your reporting on paper and submit it by mail, you are encouraged to use the state’s online reporting system TurboWaste.net. For complete information, just go to the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology page featuring Dangerous Waste Annual Report requirements.

 California Requirements

On even numbered years, California RCRA LQG’s are required to submit a Biennial Hazardous Waste Report. Bear in mind, this is for RCRA LQGs only.  If the generator is a California Non-RCRA LQG only, or a RCRA SQG, then the reporting does not apply in California. That means that if in any single calendar month of 2015 your facility generated:

  • Greater than or equal to 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds [lbs]) of hazardous waste; or
  • Greater than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of any acute hazardous wastes listed in sections 261.31 or 261.33(e); or
  • Greater than 100 kg (220 lbs) of any residue or contaminated soil, waste, or other debris resulting from the cleanup of a spill, into or on any land or water, of any acute hazardous wastes listed in sections 261.31 or 261.33(e).


  • Treated, stored, or disposed of RCRA hazardous wastes on-site during 2015.

You are required to file a Biennial Report. If you do not meet the above criteria, you may file for an exemption.

California also requires that report now be submitted electronically through a system called Easitraks. For complete information on California reporting and a link to the Easitraks system please see the CA DTSC website.

Help is Available
We at INGENIUM are experts in hazardous waste management and reporting and are happy to help you with your state requirements. We pull all necessary information from your manifests and profiles and then assist you with the actual reporting. Dependent upon the amount of profiles and manifests you have generated for the previous year our services are available from $750 to $3,000. If we can be of assistance, please contact your sales representative as soon as possible.

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