Waste Management

 Hazardous Waste

Last Updated: February 23, 2022

​​​​Fact Sheets and Technical Information Papers

Waste Management Branch specialists prepare specialized Fact Sheets and Information Papers based on customer requests, regulatory changes, and assistance visit trends analysis.

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Dental Facilities


Patient Treatment

  • Hazardous Waste Characterization of Dietary Supplements: Provides information by the EPA on the regulatory status of meals, ready-to-eat water activated ration heaters.
  • Management of Used and Unused Insulin: Guidance on management and disposal of used and unused insulin in its various forms (i.e., IV bags, syringes, pens, vials) as EPA hazardous waste number D024, regulated medical waste, solid waste, or return to a pharmaceutical reverse distributor, as applicable.
  • Silver Nitrate Applicator Disposal: Provides hazardous waste determination and disposal guidance to medical treatment facilities and veterinary clinics for used and unused silver nitrate sticks as EPA HW numbers D001 and D011.
  • Waste Characterization of Used Silver Nitrate Applicator Sticks: Provides an in-depth discussion of the characterization study and research conducted by APHC which determined used silver nitrate sticks are an EPA D001 and D011 hazardous waste and not a regulated medical waste. 


Hazardous Waste Identification and Management

  • Managing Water-Activated Ration Heaters from Meals, Ready-to-Eat: Clarifies EPA recommendations for managing used and unused flameless ration heaters on military installations.​
  • Hazardous Waste Identification: An introduction to hazardous waste identification for medical treatment and research facilities to assist in properly classifying and managing their generated wastes.
  • Ignitable Waste Exclusion Clarification: Guidance and discussion of the EPA percent alcohol ignitable hazardous waste (D001) exclusion as it applies to medical laboratory alcohol-based aqueous wastes, to include characterization, other regulatory considerations, and disposal.
  • Universal Waste Management: Guidance on management of federal universal wastes which include lamps, batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and aerosol cans.


Additional Resources

Federal Regulatory Resources

  • U.S. EPA Home PageExternal Link Provides a wealth of information on environmental laws, regulations, and environmental topics.
  • U.S. EPA Hazardous Waste InformationExternal Link Direct link to the EPA's hazardous waste program.  Contains laws and regulations, compliance information, enforcement information and more.
  • Federal RegisterExternal Link Contains government agency rules, proposed pules, and public notices.
  • FedCenterExternal Link  Federal government's home for comprehensive environmental stewardship and compliance assistance information for Federal facility managers and their agencies.
  • Electronic Code of Federal RegulationsExternal Link  Contains the codes of federal regulations at no charge.  Choose "Title 40 - Protection of the Environment" from the drop down. 


State Regulatory Resources


DOD/Army Resources