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The disposal of some pesticides in certain quantities involves Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations, which include stringent requirements for storage, transport, and disposal of hazardous waste, and severe penalties for failure to comply with regulations. While all pesticides are hazardous materials, not all are legally classified as RCRA hazardous waste (see Pesticide Waste vs Hazardous Waste). Also, state regulations may be more stringent than the federal RCRA regulations in identifying pesticides as hazardous wastes. Contacts for both solid and hazardous waste disposal can be found in each state.

For further information, visit the EPA’s ‘RCRA Orientation Manual‘. In addition, the RCRA Online allows you to search for documents on disposal, treatment, and other RCRA-related topics.


Compiled by Wayne Buhler, PhD.

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