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Waste Reporting

Requirements for reporting waste generation to the TCEQ. Find out whether your business must report and, if so, what information to report.

Based on generator type, the waste generated at a facility is reported to the TCEQ in different ways.

Generators use the Industrial & Hazardous Waste Annual Waste Summary to provide information on the amount of hazardous waste and industrial Class 1 waste they generated or managed in a calendar year. Exceptions to this are those Class 1 wastes that are recycled, and those generators who generate and manage very small volumes of waste. Annual waste summary data can also be reported through the State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System (STEERS). See the online STEERS Participation Agreement (SPA) for more information about electronic reporting.  For information on entry of Annual waste summary data into STEERS, please see the Annual Waste Summary Direct Entry presentation or the Annual Waste Summary Annual Preparation File Presentation.

If a company does not generate any hazardous waste, they do not have to report to the TCEQ unless it is an industrial facility generating 220 pounds or more of Class 1 waste during a calendar month.

If an industrial company generates less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste, less than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste, and less than 220 pounds of Class 1 waste during a calendar month, it does not have to notify or report to the TCEQ.

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.

To determine whether your facility must submit an 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?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of the questions in Items 1 and 2, your facility must submit a detailed annual waste summary.

If you answered "no" to all questions in Items 1 and 2, answer this question:

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

If you answered "no" to all questions in Items 1 and 2, but answered "yes" to Item 3, check the "No Report Required" box at the top of the form as you submit your facility's required annual waste summary. In other words, you must submit the summary, but no detailed information is required.

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.   Do you need to inactivate your Notice of Registration?

For Unit Closure Requests: 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. Requirements and guidance to close waste management units can be found at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/remediation/corrective_action/closure.html. Please submit the required unit closure information to the TCEQ Registration and Reporting Section at Mail Code 129.

Recycled hazardous waste will count toward your generator status, but will not be used to calculate any waste generation fee.

Unregistered generators (XXX##) shipping hazardous or Class 1 waste, other than Class 1 waste being shipped for recycle, to either a Texas receiver or a receiver in another state or foreign country must submit the Waste Shipment Summary Form (TCEQ-0040A).

Registered generators who ship hazardous waste or Class 1 waste to another state or foreign country for storage, treatment, or disposal are not required to complete the Waste Shipment Summary Form.

Anyone who receives Class 1 waste that is not being recycled or hazardous waste, whether it is manifested or not, must report those waste receipts on the Monthly Waste Receipt Summary Form (TCEQ-0113A). Receipt of Class 2, Class 3, and nonindustrial nonhazardous waste should not be reported on this form. Monthly waste receipt summary data can also be reported through the online STEERS Participation Agreement (SPA).

The Foreign Waste Shipment Summary Form is used by foreign generators of hazardous and Class 1 waste when shipping through Texas for disposal in another state. This form is due on the 25th of the month following the month of the reporting period.