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Industrial and Hazardous Waste Reporting

Requirements for reporting industrial and hazardous waste generation and disposal to TCEQ. Find out whether your site must report and, if so, what information to report.

Registered Generators:

Registered generators (active solid waste registrations) must submit an Industrial & Hazardous Waste Annual Waste Summary each year.  The summary reports information on the amount of hazardous waste and industrial Class 1 waste generated or managed at their site during the calendar year. 

How to report:

The guidance offered in the Industrial and Hazardous Waste Annual Waste Summary Instructions will help you ensure that your summary has accurate and error-free information.  The STEERS help files provide additional guidance for reporting via STEERS, including a presentation about entering an Annual Waste Summary via STEERS.

Sites that generate and manage less than 220 pounds of hazardous or Class 1 industrial waste or less than 2.2 lbs of acutely hazardous waste per month must submit an annual waste summary, but do not need to provide details regarding their waste activities. Class 1 wastes that are recycled and universal wastes do not need to be reported on an annual waste summary.  Recycled hazardous waste counts toward your generator status and must be reported, but may be exempt from waste generation fees by indicating a fee exemption code on the summary.

Large Quantity Generators, whether industrial or nonindustrial, generating more than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste in any calendar month must submit this report electronically through STEERS. Those generating less than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste are encouraged, but not required, to use STEERS for these required reports. For instructions to enter annual waste summary data into STEERS, please see the Annual Waste Summary Direct Entry presentation.  STEERS users have the option to use Annual Preparation Files to track their manifests and generate an annual waste summary as shown in the Annual Waste Summary Annual Preparation File Presentation.

To determine whether a site must submit a detailed annual waste summary, please answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions:

1. During the report year, did your facility generate:

  • more than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste?
  • more than 220 pounds of contaminated soil, water, or debris resulting from the cleanup of acutely hazardous waste into or on land or water?
  • 2,200 pounds or more of hazardous waste?
  • 2,200 pounds or more of industrial Class 1 waste?

2. During the report year, did your facility store on site:

  • 2,200 pounds or more of hazardous waste?
  • more than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste?
  • more than 220 pounds of contaminated soil, water, or debris resulting from the cleanup of acutely hazardous waste into or on land or water?

3. During the report year, did your facility generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste in any one calendar month?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of the questions above, your facility must submit a detailed annual waste summary. 

If you answered "no" to all of the questions above, you do not need to detail your waste generation activities, but you must still submit the annual waste summary.  Check the "No Report Required" box at the top of the form or in STEERS to indicate that the site did not generate reportable quantities of waste.  The site should also determine whether they should inactivate their registration. If you answered "no" to each question in Items 1, 2, and 3, then your facility is not required to register or report to the TCEQ as a generator of waste. If you need to inactivate your registration, please submit the following form: Do you need to inactivate your Notice of Registration?

If the site is no longer generating or storing any Class 1 industrial or hazardous waste, and/or no longer in operation, the registration may need to be closed.  Title 30 of the Texas Administration Code (TAC) §335.8, establishes the obligation for persons to perform closure of all waste management units (WMUs) used to store industrial solid waste or municipal hazardous waste.  In order to close a registration, please submit a request for closure of the registration and all associated waste management units.  Requirements and guidance to close waste management units can be found at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/remediation/corrective_action/closure.html. Please send closure information to: TCEQ, Registration and Reporting MC-129, PO Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087

Unregistered Generators/Sites with Inactive Registrations:

If an unregistered/inactive industrial site generates less than 220 pounds of hazardous or Class 1 industrial waste, or less than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste, it does not have to notify or report to the TCEQ.  Unregistered/inactive generators needing to ship reportable quantities of hazardous or Class 1 waste, other than recycled Class 1 waste, to either a Texas receiver or a receiver in another state or foreign country must submit the Waste Shipment Summary Form obtained by submitting a One-Time Shipment Request.

Receivers:

Sites that receive Class 1 waste that is not being recycled or hazardous waste, whether manifested or not, must report the waste receipts on a Monthly Waste Receipt Summary (MWRS) via STEERS. Receipt of Class 2, Class 3, and nonindustrial nonhazardous waste should not be reported on the MWRS.

The Texas Waste Codes used on the MWRS should have one of the following sequence codes:

  • a sequence code uniquely associated with a solid waste registration, or
  • a unique sequence code assigned for a one-time shipment request issued within the past calendar year.

If the waste does not have a sequence code as noted above, please use the appropriate sequence code listed below:

  • UNIV- for universal waste
    • generated within Texas and subject to regulation by 30 TAC 335 Subchapter H Division 5, or
    • generated outside of Texas and subject to regulation by 40 CFR §273.1.
  • CESQ- for waste generated by generators who are not subject to 30 TAC §335.6(c).
  • HOUS- for hazardous waste generated in households as defined by 30 TAC §335.402(5).  Use this code for both in-state and out-of-state household hazardous waste.
  • OUTS- for class 1 or hazardous waste (not universal or household hazardous waste) generated outside of Texas.
  • RRCT- for Class 1 or hazardous waste generated at sites subject to regulation by the Railroad Commission of Texas.
  • TSDF- for waste subject to 30 TAC §335.503(b)(8).  Note: waste generated and reported using the “TSDF” sequence code cannot be reported on an annual waste summary in STEERs.  Waste generated using the “TSDF” sequence code must use a paper annual waste summary for reporting.  As a result, many TSDFs have opted to assign the wastes a numeric sequence code on their notice of registration instead of using the “TSDF” sequence code.

Foreign Generators:

The Foreign Waste Shipment Summary Form is used by foreign generators of hazardous and Class 1 waste shipped into or through Texas for disposal. This form is due on the 25th of the month following the date of the shipment.  Prior to shipment of the waste, foreign hazardous waste generators must notify as an importer of record.  The importer of record must notify using form EPA 8700-12 RCRA Subtitle C Identification Form.