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Bureau of Hazardous Waste Compliance & Enforcement

About Us
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
  • Manages permissions for MyRCRAid to allow access to RCRAInfo
  • 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

All hazardous waste facilities and handlers should review the EPA’s e-Manifest System Compliance Advisory issued March 14, 2023 to reduce data quality issues with Hazardous Waste Manifests. The recommended actions support facility compliance and assists handlers with tracking and managing waste records.

Batteries, including lithium or lithium ion batteries, have recently experienced an increase in use and interest in how they are regulated and managed as a waste stream. Please refer to the US Environmental Protection Agency memo issued May 24, 2023 for Frequently Asked Questions on Battery Recycling and the applicability of the hazardous waste and RCRA recycling regulations. As stated in the Memo, NJDEP encourages the recycling of lithium-ion batteries wherever possible in a manner that protects communities and the environment.

See other recent Compliance Advisories issued for Hazardous Waste entities at:

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 Conservation 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.

  • For more information on the requirements and use of soil and fill recyclable material, please visit the Guard Your Backyard website. The webpage has useful resources compiled in one place to help ensure proper handling of soil and fill material and protect against unwanted residential soil dumping.

Additional Information:

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.

Click here for information on determining if waste is a hazardous waste.

Click here 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).

Click here for an overview of hazardous waste requirements based upon generator classification.

Click here for information on hazardous waste transportation requirements.

Click here for information about universal waste requirements.

Click here for information about used oil requirements.

Click here for information about regulated medical waste (RMW).

Click here for information on satellite accumulation requirements.

Click here for information on keeping track of waste shipments using a log.

Click here for information on compliance monitoring and processing fees.

Information for Applying as a Hazardous Waste Transporter

US EPA’s Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses

Compliance Assistance Seminars

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