Bureau of Hazardous Waste Compliance & Enforcement
The Hazardous Waste Compliance and Enforcement program administers the RCRA (Resource Conservation Recovery Act) program in New Jersey. There is also a transportation oversight function that includes, in coordination with the State Police, roadside operations and hazardous waste transporter terminal audits.
What We Do
The Hazardous Waste Compliance and Enforcement program performs the following activities to ensure that hazardous waste is properly identified and collected, transported, treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound manner:
- Provides compliance assistance
- Investigates complaints
- Conducts inspections
- Issues enforcement documents, both formal and informal, which may include assessed penalties
- Assists the Attorney General in developing enforcement cases and testifies in court
- Negotiates compliance schedule and penalty settlements
- Registers, tracks, and bills medical waste generators
- Reviews Biennial Hazardous Waste Reports
- Maintains Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest data used to identify generators that manage hazardous waste off-site,
and transporters, storage, and disposal facilities which receive or manage hazardous waste in New Jersey
Attention Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) you are required to submit an updated Notification of RCRA Subtitle C Activities (Site Identification Form) by September 1, 2021, and then every four years thereafter. For New Jersey, this notification is submitted using the myRCRAid service of RCRAinfo (see Additional Information below). More details are available in the Department’s Compliance Advisory issued 12/17/2020.
See other recent Compliance Advisories issued for Hazardous Waste entities at: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/enforcement/advisories-hw.htm
Hazardous Waste Regulations for New Jersey
New Jersey’s hazardous waste regulations are found at N.J.A.C. 7:26G-1 et seq., adopted October 21, 1996 and announced at 28 NJR 4606. By this adoption, the Department “incorporated by reference” (with limited exception) the July 1, 1993 version of the Federal hazardous waste regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 260-266, 268 and 270, mandated by the Resource and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and amended by the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA). Effective January 19, 1999 the Department amended the regulations to allow for prospective incorporation by reference, which means that all provisions of 40 CFR Parts 124, 260-266, 268 and 270 incorporated by reference are continually automatically updated in order to maintain consistency with the most current Federal rules.
The requirements for hazardous waste generators are specifically found at N.J.A.C. 7:26G-6 et seq., which references 40 CFR Part 262 of the Federal regulations (with some exceptions and/or changes).
Click here to obtain an official copy of the Hazardous Waste Regulations.
An Overview of the New Jersey Regulations can be found in the Compliance Assistance Packet for Hazardous Waste Generators.
Hazardous Waste Manifest
Click here for information about the e-Manifest system which became effective June 30th, 2018. Below are fact sheets which include New jersey specific information:
Receiving Facilities in New Jersey
Click here for a listing of commercial hazardous waste facilities located in New Jersey.
Click here for a listing of facilities that are authorized to handle used oil that is managed as a Class D recyclable material.
Click here for a listing of facilities that are authorized to handle Class B recyclable materials which may include petroleum contaminated soil.
A Handler ID number (“USEPA ID Number”) is now obtained through the myRCRAid service that is part of USEPA’s RCRAinfo. Additional information with a ‘how to’ guide can be found here; or a more detailed myRCRAid instruction manual is also available here.
for information on determining if waste is a hazardous waste.
for information determining if facility is classified as a Large Quantity Generator, Small Quantity Generator or Very Small Quantity Generator (also known as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator).
for an overview of hazardous waste requirements based upon generator classification.
for information on hazardous waste transportation requirements.
for information about universal waste requirements.
Click here for information about used oil requirements. (New webpage is under development, please check back)
for information about regulated medical waste (RMW). (New webpage is under development, please check back.)
for information on satellite accumulation requirements.
for information on keeping track of waste shipments using a log.
for information on compliance monitoring and processing fees.
for copies of checklist we use for different inspection types.
Information for Applying as a Hazardous Waste Transporter
US EPA’s Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses
Compliance Assistance Seminars