The intent of the hazardous waste program is to provide a cradle-to-grave management system for hazardous wastes to ensure that these wastes are not mismanaged in a way that will impact human health or the environment. At Illinois EPA, the Bureau of Land Permit Section is responsible for implementing the hazardous waste program. If you have any further questions, contact the Permit Section at 217-524-3300.
Definition of Solid Waste. In order for a waste to be considered a hazardous waste, it must first meet the definition of solid waste. For the most part, this includes any material that you are discarding, but there are many exceptions. Solid waste is defined in the regulations in Title 35 of the Illinois Administration Code in Section 721.102.
Hazardous Waste Determination. It is the responsibility of all solid waste generators to determine whether their waste is hazardous. The procedure for this is called a "hazardous waste determination" and is outlined in Part 722 of the regulations at Section 722.111.
Hazardous waste generated by auto recycling/salvage yards may include (but are not limited to):
Generator Rules. If you manage hazardous waste, you must determine your generator status. Your facility will fall under one of these three classifications.
Treatment/Storage/Disposal - Unless exempted, a person engaged in the treatment, storage and/or disposal of hazardous waste, as defined in the regulations in Part 720 at Section 702.110, is required to obtain a hazardous waste management permit. For facilities receiving waste from off-site and on-site facilities managing non-remediation waste, a RCRA Part B Permit is necessary. Regulations for treatment, storage and disposal facilities that are subject to a RCRA Part B Permit include all of Parts 700 to 739 as they apply to the specific activities conducted at the site.
If you are seeking to engage in any activity that will require a RCRA permit in the state of Illinois should contact the Bureau of Land Permit Section at 217-524-3300 to discuss the permitting process.
Record Keeping. As part of the cradle-to-grave manifest system, you will be required to track your hazardous wastes through disposal by preparing a manifest for any company transporting your hazardous wastes off-site. You must retain your records for at least 3 years after the termination of the agreement.
For more information, visit ECAR's RCRA/Hazardous Waste Resource Locator.
Links to Regulations.