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Some small businesses, including salvage yards, are hazardous waste generators. Even if you only generate a small amount of hazardous waste, it’s still important to handle the waste properly. Some of the items that an auto salvage business may have that could be considered hazardous waste are: solvents, paints, aerosol cans, rags contaminated with solvents or paints, lead acid batteries, and fluorescent lights.
If you have unknown materials, you will need to submit an RTC plan form. To be in compliance, you will need to identify (e.g., conduct a waste determination) any unknown materials and determine if they are hazardous. Submit to IDEM documentation and/or analytical results that support your determination. In addition, submit documentation of proper recycling or disposal of the material.
If you generate hazardous waste in quantities greater than or equal to two hundred twenty (220) pounds per month, you will need to contact IDEM’s Office of Land Quality - Industrial Waste Section toll free at (800) 451-6027 ext. 234-6951 or (317) 234-6951 to obtain a U.S. EPA ID number and for further guidance on how to properly manage the waste.
A half full 55 gallon drum is about 220 pounds.
For guidance in making a waste determination:
or call IDEM toll free at (800) 988-7901 or (317) 232-8172.
Download the complete Auto Salvage Recyclers Workbook and Checklist [PDF]