Special Exemptions & Reporting

  1. Does my business generate a small amount of hazardous waste or recycle the waste to qualify for beneficial exemptions?
    • Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Collection Program
      Household Hazardous Waste Program
      Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division
      Bureau of Sanitation, Department of Public Works

      433 South Spring Street, Suite 500
      Los Angeles, California  90013
      (800) 98-TOXIC (988-6942) or
      (213) 473-8277
      TDD:  (213) 473-5664

      Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Collection Program:

      If your business regularly generates less than 100 kilograms (kg) of hazardous waste per month, then it may qualify as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) business.   The total of 100 kg is equal to approximately 27 gallons (gal) or 220 pounds (lb).  CESQG businesses may dispose of hazardous waste by bringing the waste to a City-sponsored CESQG collection event, where less expensive disposal fees are charged due to public funding.  A business must first qualify for the program and then make a drop off appointment by contacting the above-listed agency.

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      City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) 
      Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety
      Technical Section, Data Management Unit

      200 North Main Street, Room 1780
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      (213) 978-3680
      Fax:  (213) 978-3615

      Recyclable Materials Exemption:

      If a business recycles more than 100 kg per month of hazardous waste, then the business may subtract the amount of recycled hazardous waste from the total amount of hazardous waste generated.  This results in a smaller monthly generation rate, less associated fee payments and less report preparation.  For businesses in the City of Los Angeles, this exemption determination is made as a part of the  "Unified Program" package application, as described under the answer to Question 6.  This and other qualifying exemptions, exclusions and reuse/onsite recycling exemptions are detailed further in Section 66261.4 and 66261.6, Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations as well as in Section 25243.2-252433.10 of the California Health and Safety Code.  The exemptions and acceptable recycling methods are specific to each waste type.  Contact the above agency, or the city's partnering agency for hazardous waste management, to find out whether the materials and methods used at your business qualify for an exemption or exclusion.  The city's partnering agency is:

      Los Angeles County Fire Department
      Health and Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD)

      5825 Rickenbacker Road
      Commerce, California 90040
      (323) 890-4045
      http://www.lacofd.org/upforms.htm

  1. Does my business generate larger quantities of hazardous waste or certain types that require special planning and reporting?
    • California Environmental Protection Agency
      Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

      400 "P" Street, 4th Floor
      Post Office Box  806
      Sacramento, California  95812-0806
      Attention:  Biennial Reporting Staff
      (916) 322-2880
      Email:   BRSSTAFF@dtsc.ca.gov

      Biennial Hazardous Waste Report:

      If your business generates over 1,000 kg per month (i.e., 2,204 lbs or 275 gals.) of federally regulated (RCRA) hazardous waste or over 1 kg of RCRA acutely hazardous waste per calendar month, the business is required to submit a Biennial Hazardous Waste Report to Cal-EPA.  Cal-EPA forwards associated information to the Region IX Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The associated report form and instruction package are automatically sent to the generator, based upon the generator's hazardous waste identification number (see Question 2 for further information on obtaining a correct identification number).   Associated reports are due by March 1, on even numbered years.  Each report documents associated hazardous waste activities for the previous odd numbered year.   Records must be maintained at the place of business for three years. 

                  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                  National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report

                  (415) 222-8371
                  (800) 424-9346

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      California Environmental Protection Agency
      Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
      Office of Pollution Prevention and Technology Development

      400 "P" Street, 4th Floor
      Post Office Box  806
      Sacramento, California  95812-0806
      Attn.: Source Reduction Unit
      (916) 322-3670
      Email:  Spr@dtsc.ca.gov

      Source Reduction Plans and Reports:

      Under enacted Senate Bill 14 (SB14), source reduction requirements apply if your business generates more than 12,000 kg of hazardous waste per calendar year (i.e., approximately 26,455 lbs or 13 tons) or generates more than 12 kg/yr. (approximately 26.4 lbs) of extremely hazardous waste,   A  qualifying generator must prepare three documents as follows:  a "Source Reduction Evaluation Review and Plan," "Hazardous Waste Management Performance Report," and a "Summary Progress Report."  Special, less stringent, reporting requirements apply to small businesses.  For further information and reporting frequencies, contact the DTSC Source Reduction Unit, as listed above.
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      California Environmental Protection Agency 
      Los Angeles Region

      320 West 4th Street, Suite 200
      Los Angeles, California 90013
      (213) 576-6000
      Fax:  (213) 675-6640

                Los Angeles Region Water Quality Control Board 
                  320 West 4th Street, Suite 200
                  Los Angeles, California 90013
                  (213) 576-6000
                  Fax:  (213) 675-6640

      City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) 
      Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety
      Underground Storage Tank Unit

      200 North Main Street, Room 1700
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      (213) 978-3700
      Fax:  (213) 978-3616

                  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                  SPCC Program Contacts
                  Oil Team/ SPCC Coordinator
                  U.S. EPA - Region IX (SFD1-4)

                  75 Hawthorne Street
                  San Francisco, California 94105
                  (415) 972-3075

      Spill Prevention and Countermeasures Control Plan (SPCC):

      A Spill Prevention and Countermeasure Control Plan must be prepared and submitted to the above agency if your business has more than 1,320 gallons of petroleum in aboveground storage tanks or containers, including 55-gallon drums.  The SPCC Plan must be maintained at the facility and must be approved by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality  Control Board.  This is one of the six requirements reviewed when applying for the Unified Facility Program Permit, as described in Question 6.

      City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) 
      Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety
      California Accidental Release Program Unit

      200 North Main Street, Room 1780
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      (213) 978-3686
      Fax:  (213) 978-3615

                  Governor's Office of Emergency Services 
                  California Accidental Release Program
                  Hazardous Materials Unit

                  (916) 845-8741

      California Accidental Release Prevention Program (Cal-ARP) Report/Plan:

      If your business generates more than threshold amounts and/or certain substances, preparation of a Cal-ARP Report/Plan is necessary.  For a listing of threshold amounts and regulated substances, please refer to Unified Facility Program Permit application package, as described in Question 6.  Further information can be obtained from the local CUPA (City Fire Dept.), as listed above.

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      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      Region 9 TRI Program
      Cross Media Division

      75 Hawthorne Street (CMD-4-2)
      San Francisco, California  94105
              Estrella Armijo (415) 972-3859
              Robert Lucas (415) 974-4176
              Pat Maravilla (415) 947-4177
              Nancy Sockabasin (415) 972-3772
              EPCRA Hotline:  (800) 424-9346 or (703) 412-9810
          
      Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reports:

      If your business makes more than 25,000 lbs per year or uses more than 10,000 lbs per year of listed TRI chemicals, has 10 or more full-time employees, and is in a certain industry group, TRI reporting requirements apply.  Contact the regional office of the U.S. EPA for further information.

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