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Hazardous Waste Program's primary goals are to protect human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal, to conserve energy and natural resources, to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to ensure the generated wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner. The Hazardous Waste Program regulates commercial businesses as well as federal, State, and local government facilities that generate, transport, treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste. Each of these entities is regulated to ensure proper management of hazardous waste from the moment it is generated until its ultimate disposal or destruction.
The Hazardous Waste Program enforces the provisions of the District of Columbia Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1977. Congress enacted this law, which is based on the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), in 1976. The District of Columbia received authorization in 1985 to implement its own hazardous waste management program in lieu of the federal program.
Documents and Resources
- Who Generates Hazardous Waste?
- Register as a Hazardous Waste Generator
- Proper Management of Bulbs and Batteries
- Proper Disposal of "Sharps" (for residents only) [PDF]
- Proper Disposal of Pharmaceuticals (for residents only) [PDF]
- Remediation and Site Response Documents
Regulations and Laws
- District of Columbia Hazardous Waste Management Laws [PDF]
- District of Columbia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations [PDF]
To report hazardous spills call EMA at (202) 727-6161.
For more information contact one of the following inspectors:
Victoria North - 202.535.1909
Lawrence Williams - 202.535.2298
Jan Walwyn - 202.671.5120