Hazardous Waste Disposal for Businesses

Service Overview

By appointment only service for businesses in Boulder and Broomfield counties that generate small quantities of hazardous wastes AND that are classified by the State of Colorado as “conditionally-exempt small quantity generators” (CESQGs). Typically businesses that are CESQGs include auto shops; housecleaning companies; lab, R&D, analytical companies; landscapers; non-profits, painters; religious organizations; schools and school districts, tanning salons, manufacturers, retailers, etc.

There is a fee for the service based on waste management costs for type and weight of waste delivered, plus surcharges for overhead and construction.

Hours of Operation

Day Business Waste
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
 Tuesday Business waste accepted by appointment
 Wednesday No business waste accepted
 Thursday No business waste accepted
 Friday No business waste accepted
 Saturday No business waste accepted

Definition of CESQG

CESQG businesses generate:

  • Less than 100 kg (or about 27 gallons or 220 lbs.) of hazardous waste per month.
  • Less than 1 kg (or about 1 quart or 2.2 lbs.) of acutely hazardous waste per month.
  • Accumulate less than 1,000 kg (or about 270 gallons or 2,200 lbs. or 4, 55 gallon drums) at any one time.
  • See State guidelines for more information. 

How to Use this Service

1. Review State guidelines to confirm that you qualify as a CESQG business.

2. Submit a CESQG Business Service Application and CESQG Inventory Form (see forms section below) in order to receive an appointment. Note: Unknown wastes will not be accepted. Wastes must be in original containers or documented with MSDS or lab analysis.

3. Submit digital photographs of the waste listed on your inventory form as you intend to transport it.

4. Upon approval of your application, inventory and photos, your business will be contacted to schedule an appointment date and time to deliver waste. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

5. Deliver wastes at appointed time to the Hazardous Materials Management Facility, 1901c 63rd Street, Boulder, CO 80301.

6. Payment will be by cash or in-state company check at time of delivery on the day of delivery, or your business can sign to confirm billing on account. Invoices will be mailed weekly.

Forms

Business Service Application

Inventory Forms

There are two types of inventory forms. CESQG Inventory Form for Businesses and CESQG Inventory Form for Local Government HMM IGA Partners. Please select the appropriate form.

  • CESQG Inventory Form for Businesses - to be used by all businesses EXCLUDING local government IGA partners (use CESQG Inventory Form for Local Government HMM IGA Partners). Inventory form for completion by businesses prior to hazardous material delivery (by appointment only). This is a fillable Excel file. Complete form and email with your business service application and digital photographs of the waste listed on your inventory, as you intend to ship it.  
  • CESQG Inventory Form for Local Government HMM IGA Partners - to be used by local government HMM IGA partners ONLY. Inventory form for completion by local government IGA partners prior to hazardous material delivery (by appointment only). This is a fillable Excel file. Complete form and email with your business service application and digital photographs of the waste listed on your inventory, as you intend to ship it.
  • Email completed forms and photographs to sfuller@bouldercounty.org or call 720-564-2251 for more information.

Right to Refuse

Boulder County reserves the right to refuse CESQG waste that is not properly segregated, packaged, labeled, or represented by your company.


Types of Waste Accepted

The CESQG service accepts hazardous wastes including acids and bases, flammable liquids and solids, pesticides and poisons, photo-chemicals, and oil-based paints. Universal wastes, recyclable and non-hazardous wastes are also accepted including:  aerosol cans, fluorescent tubes and lamps (CFLs), applicable pesticides, auto batteries and other batteries, antifreeze, latex paints, and non-hazardous liquids.
Note: Wastes must be in original containers or documented with MSDS or lab analysis. Only material listed on your inventory form will be accepted.

Wastes that are NOT Accepted

  • Explosives
  • Electronic waste – computers, televisions, etc.
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Friable asbestos or large quantities of non-friable asbestos
  • Gas cylinders- compressed, larger than 1 lb.
  • Medical wastes and pharmaceuticals
  • “P” listed wastes over one quart
  • Shock sensitive materials
  • Radioactive material, including smoke detectors
  • Waste in open, unsealed containers
  • Dented or damaged containers
  • Waste not listed on your inventory
  • Unknown wastes will not be accepted

Facility Information

  • 1901c 63rd Street, Boulder on the Recycling Center Campus
  • 720.564.2251 (we are not always able to answer the phone, please leave a message)
  • Email: sfuller@bouldercounty.org
  • Phone: Shelly Fuller, Boulder County Resource Conservation Division 720.564.2251
  • Open for business waste drop-off by-appointment only 

Packaging Waste

55-gallon Drums and Other Drum Sizes

  • Drums must be closed, sealed and in good condition.
  • Drums must be UN-certified and suitable for shipping.
  • Unsuitable or damaged drums may incur additional costs for transfer into an overpack salvage drum.
  • Clearly mark or label the contents of each container and ensure the writing is legible.

Other Containers

  • Store and transport wastes in original containers.
  • Waste must be safely prepared, packaged, and labeled. Clearly mark or label the contents of each container and ensure the writing is legible.
  • Pack fluorescent tubes and bulbs (CFLs) in boxes that are taped closed.
  • Separate incompatible materials such as acids and bases, acids and oxidizers.
  • All batteries (excluding lead-acid batteries) must have terminals taped.

Transporting Waste

CESQG businesses are responsible for complying with hazardous waste or hazardous materials transportation requirements. Call the Federal DOT if you have questions about how to transport your waste: 1-800-HMR-4922 (1-800-467-4922).

  • Drums or large loads must be palletized, with pallets accessible by forklift.
  • Transport wastes in vehicles of 20-foot wheelbase or less (the HMMF cannot accommodate larger vehicles).
  • Trucks with lift gates are preferred.
  • Secure the load to prevent shifting and spills.
  • Larger loads can take 30 minutes or more for unloading, weighing, and paperwork.
  • You are responsible for any spills, clean-up, or damages that may occur while transporting your waste.
  • All waste transportation must meet DOT requirements including proper marking, labeling, packaging, and placarding.

Schedule of Fees


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How do I know if I am a CESQG?

A: CESQG businesses generate: less than 100 kg (or about 27 gallons or 220 lbs.) of hazardous waste per month; less than 1 kg (or about 1 quart or 2.2 lbs.) of acutely hazardous waste per month; and accumulate less than 1,000 kg (or about 270 gallons or 2,200 lbs. or 4, 55 gallon drums) at any one time.

Contact Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), 303-692-3320  
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/cesqgwaste.htm  for more information.

Q: The amount of waste I have stored exceeds the CDPHE requirements for a CESQG. What should I do?

A: You need to contact the CDPHE and request a “a one-time EPA ID number” and ship your waste as a SQG for that month. After that you can revert to being a CESQG and use the Boulder County Program. Contact CDPHE for more details.


Other Resources

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Contacts

Hazardous Materials
Management Facility

720-564-2251
720-564-2227 (fax)
Email
Hazardous Materials
Management Facility

Boulder

1901 63rd St.
Immediately west of the
Boulder County Recycling Center
Map & Directions

Business (CESQG) Waste

Hours: By appointment ONLY
Business Waste

Resident Household
Hazardous Waste

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., W-Sat.
Residents may drop off waste
during these times.
Closed: Sunday - Tuesday
Household Hazardous Waste

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