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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
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Frequently Asked Questions
Small Quantity Generator
 
  • What are typical hazardous wastes at my facility?
    Schools generate many kinds of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, oil paint and laboratory chemicals. Some wastes are classified as Universal Wastes, and, if recycled, are not included in the generator status.

    Schools typically have solid wastes mixed in with their hazardous wastes. To avoid paying for items that can be properly disposed of as solid waste, view our online list of commonly confused items.

    Other examples of hazardous wastes in schools.

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  • Is my facility a small or full quantity generator?
    If your facility generates less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month, you are considered a "small quantity generator" according to the New Hampshire Hazardous Waste Rules. If your facility generates more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month, you are a "full quantity generator." In most cases, schools only have cleanouts when absolutely necessary, so you might find that your schools generator status is not active. Visit One Stop to see if you are registered with the state as a hazardous waste generator, and if your account is active.
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  • How can I reduce the amount of waste generated at my facility?
    • Separate your hazardous and solid waste. This eliminates excess amounts of hazardous material generated, by distinguishing those that can be discarded as solid waste.
    • Train your employees on proper process techniques to reduce needless spills.
    • Purchase only the amount of product needed.
    • Conduct a chemical inventory before ordering new products to eliminate the purchase of unneeded chemicals.
    • Centralized purchasing will eliminate duplicate orders.
    Visit the Pollution Prevention in Schools for more information on how to apply pollution prevention techniques to reduce hazardous waste in schools.
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  • What are the differences between Universal and Hazardous Wastes?
    Universal wastes are wastes that meet the definition of hazardous waste in the NH Hazardous Waste Rules, but they are generated by all segments of the population and, unfortunately, often improperly disposed by the people who generate them. In an effort to make it easier and more cost effective to properly manage these wastes, the Universal Waste Rules exempts the wastes from the more burdensome Hazardous Waste Rules requirements, as long as they are managed to prevent release to the environment and properly recycled or disposed of.

    Examples of New Hampshire universal wastes and where to recycle them.

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