COUNTY SOLID WASTE DIVISION
SMALL QUANTITY GENERATOR PROGRAM INFORMATION
What is the
Small Quantitv Generator (SQG) Program?
State and Federal law requires businesses to properly manage and dispose
of their chemical wastes; these wastes are normally called 'hazardous
wastes,' and include paints, acids, poisons, antifreeze, brake fluid,
solvents, photographic materials, and many other chemicals. If your business
qualifies as a 'Small Quantity Generator,' you may dispose of these chemicals
through the Skagit County SQG Program.
Who qualifies as an SQG?
Businesses that generates less than 220 pounds of most types of chemical
wastes (usually about 25 gallons) per month and stores no more than 2200
pounds, or generates or store less than 2.2 pounds of some extremely hazardous
chemical wastes, are exempt from many hazardous waste regulations provided,
among other things, that these wastes are vro~erlv disposed of If your
business has less than these amounts of chemical wastes, the SQG Program
may be able accept your wastes for proper disposal for less money and
less time. Call if you are unsure if your business qualifies.
How does the SOG Program work?
The Skagit County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located
at the Skagit County Transfer and Recycling Station, 14104 Ovenell Road,
Mt. Vernon, will accept SQG chemical wastes on the third Wednesday of
each month, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring your chemical wastes in
safe, labeled, leak proof containers; we will need you to accurately identify
your chemicals. We are unable to accept any unknown wastes, and by law
we cannot accept your chemical wastes if you do not qualify as an SQG.
We will inventory your wastes, receive them from you, and give you a receipt
for your files that will prove that your business properly disposed of
How much will the SQG Program cost?
Cost will depend on what types of chemicals you have; call ahead if you
need to know this. Payment can be made through cash, check, or account;
checks are greatly preferred.
What else should I know?
Bring your small quantities of chemical wastes every month to the SQG
Program; if you accumulate more than the eligible amounts, your business
will not qualify as an SQG and will be a fully regulated generator of
hazardous wastes. What does this mean? Before you can dispose of these
chemicals, your business will need to get an EPA 1.D. number; have the
Department of Ecology visit for a helpful inspection; perform annual reporting;
complete a lot of extra paperwork; and use an environmental firm to transport
your wastes for disposal. At twice the cost and ten times the time. Store
your chemicals safely; always keep containers labeled since identifying
chemicals at a lab is expensive. We can't dispose of your chemicals unless
we know what they are. Call ahead if you don't know what you have and
we'll help you out. Transport your chemicals safely; good containers,
good labels good common sense. Call the Department of Ecology at 649-7000
and ask for a copy of WAC 173-303, Dangerous Waste Regulations; this is
the law, it will answer your questions, and we'll help you interpret it.
Who do I call with questions?
Call your Hazardous Waste Specialist at 424-9532; he will answer all of
your questions and is also available for site visits for any kind of technical