A hazardous waste is a solid or liquid material with certain properties that could pose dangers to human health, property, or the environment after being thrown away. A hazardous waste may be one of over 400 materials specifically listed by regulation, or a material which meets one of the following characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. Solvents, alkalis, pesticides, dyes, paints, thinners, cleaning fluids, oils, petroleum products, materials that burn or itch on contact with skin, materials that are corrosive and dissolve metals, wood, paper or clothing, flammable materials, materials that bubble or fume on contact with water--these products, and any other product delivered with a shipping papers or labels indicating that it is a HAZARDOUS MATERIAL may be a hazardous waste when used or discarded.
If a school facility generates between 220 to 2,200 pounds (or one-half to five 55 gallon drums) of hazardous waste per calendar month, it must:
- Use a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest to ship hazardous waste, off-site, effective August 5, 1985; and
- Send these wastes only to approved hazardous waste management facilities.
If assistance is needed concerning the management of hazardous waste, contact the Compliance Director, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Virginia Department of Health.
Commonwealth of Virginia/State Board of Health Regulations, "Hazardous Waste Management" (April 1, 1986)
Commonwealth of Virginia/State Board of Health Regulations, "Transportation of Hazardous Materials" (April 1, 1986)
Approved by Superintendent: September 2, 1986