Hazardous Waste Management

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The Environmental Management Department (EMD) regulates hazardous waste generation. Hazardous waste is defined in the California Code of Regulations 22 CCR 66261.3. In California, there are four characteristics that identify a hazardous waste: 

  1. Ignitable
  2. Reactive
  3. Corrosive
  4. Toxic

In addition to the four characteristics, if a waste is listed in the State and/or Federal regulations, then it is also considered a hazardous waste.

Looking for Household Hazardous Waste disposal? Please visit our Household Hazardous Waste Disposal information page

How to Obtain a Permit

Permits for all CUPA regulatory programs are obtained by registering with EMD and paying an annual permit fee. EMD has staff available to conduct facility walkthroughs to determine a facility's need for permits to ensure proper program categorization. For more information or to schedule a facility walkthrough, please contact EMD at (916) 875-8550.

Program Overview

In conjunction with the Hazardous Materials Business Plan Program, Environmental Management staff:

  • Inspect businesses for compliance with the Hazardous Waste Control Act
  • Verify Hazardous Waste accumulation, labeling, container and tank management standards, and waste generator status
  • Respond to complaints of illegal disposal of hazardous waste
  • Issue permits and inspects businesses that treat hazardous waste pursuant to permit by rule, conditional authorization, or conditional
  • Exemption laws and regulations

The three types of hazardous waste generators:

Program Assistance

Compliance Assistance

Have Questions?

For more program information, please contact:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Compliance Division
11080 White Rock Rd., Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

916-875-8513 (fax)