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Household Hazardous Waste: Program Assistance

Assistance for complying with program requirements and organizing household hazardous waste collection events.

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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection programs vary from program to program. However, the requirements of 30 TAC 335 Subchapter N apply to all collections. These pages provide the forms and reporting documents that you will need as an operator as well as additional guidance for a range of topics from your first collection to used oil program requirements to transportation considerations.

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General: Program Descriptions & Definitions

Description of Collection Types

Permanent facility - a designated site or facility used to collect and aggregate HHW on an ongoing basis and store the wastes for 48 hours or longer

Point-of-generation - also called "curbside"; a service to collect HHW at the generating household

Collection event - a one-time or recurring collection of HHW at a designated site with waste stored for less than 48 hours; these are typically mobile events since they involve transporting of aggregated HHW directly to a permanent collection center, another collection event, or a hazardous waste facility.

BOPA collection - a collection of any combination of batteries, used oil, antifreeze, and paint for purposes of reuse, recycling or reclamation; BOPA collections receive an exclusion (30 TAC 335.401(c)) from requirements under the HHW rules (Subchapter N); however, refer to Additional Guidance for other potential registrations required.

General Definitions

Household Hazardous Waste - waste generated by a household which except for the household exclusion provided (40 CFR 261.4(b)(1)) would be classified as hazardous waste (defined in 40 CFR 261)

Operator - the person responsible for collection, aggregation, or storage of household hazardous waste from any collection event, program or permanent facility; this designation is required in the 45-Day Notification submitted for any HHW activities. The operator is also ultimately responsible for annual reporting of collected HHW (30 TAC 335.413(b)(1)).

Forms and Reports for All Collections

45-day Notification

An operator is required to submit a notification (TCEQ-20459) to the TCEQ at least 45 days prior to collection activities. For on-going collections, if information changes you must resubmit a revised notification. This requirement applies to all programs including

  • one-day events and mobile collection events
  • recurring events
  • permanent facilities
  • point-of-generation collections, also called curbside or household pickups

A notification must be submitted for each location or ongoing program, though multiple dates or hours of operation can be reflected on a single notification.

For exemptions to the 45-day notification please see Additional Guidance.

Core Data Form

The Core Data Form is part of the TCEQ's notification, registration, licensing, and permitting process. Because of that, permanent facilities are required to submit with their initial notification a TCEQ Core Data form (TCEQ-10400), available in Word and PDF. This form does not need to be submitted for other HHW programs that are not permanent facilities. Instructions for Completing the Core Data Form in its entirety are also available.

Annual Report Form

The operator listed on the 45-day notification is required to report annually the amounts of household hazardous waste and household material collected they collect (30 TAC 335.413(b)(1)). This report is due by April 1 for all collections held the previous calendar year.

The Report of Household Hazardous Waste Collected (TCEQ-20474) may be used for calendar year 2013 reporting (due April 1, 2014)
A revised Report of Household Hazardous Waste Collected MUST be used for collection that occurs during 2014.

Storage Extension Request Form

Operators of household hazardous waste permanent collection facilities that aggregate more than 3,000 kilograms (approximately 6,600 pounds) of HHW are required to transport that HHW within 10 days of receipt (30 TAC 335.409(e)). In the event that the 10 day transportation timeline is not feasible, a Storage Extension Request (TCEQ-20598) must be submitted prior to the 10 day deadline.

Contact Information

For more information or questions regarding HHW programs in Texas, please contact the TCEQ:

Phone: 512-239-3143
Email: recycle@tceq.texas.gov