Overview of Hazardous Waste Generator Requirements

Generators of hazardous waste are categorized based on the amount of hazardous waste generated each month. Those generator categories are as follows:

Large Quantity Generators (LQG)

Small Quantity Generators (SQG)

Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG)

  • A generator who generates the following amounts in a calendar month:
    • Less than or equal to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of hazardous waste
    • Less than or equal to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of acute hazardous waste
    • Less than or equal to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of any residue or contaminated soil, water, or other debris resulting from the cleanup of a spill into or on any land or water of any acute hazardous waste
  • Required to notify the department of hazardous waste activities
  • No reporting requirements
  • No fee requirements

Episodic Generation

  • SQC and VSQG are allowed to have one planned and one unplanned episodic generation of hazardous waste that results in an increase in the generation of hazardous wastes that exceeds the calendar monthly quantity limits for the generator’s usual category.
  • Notification (by submitting an 8700-12 form) must be made to the department no later than 30 calendar days prior to initiating a planned episodic event or within 72 hours of the unplanned event. 
  • Waste generated from an episodic event must be shipped off site to a designated facility within 60 calendar days from the start of the episodic event. 

Compliance Contacts

Elizabeth DeLanghe – Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach (803) 898-0482
Tom Richmond – Anderson, Florence, Greenwood, Spartanburg, Sumter (803) 898-0464
Gerald Shealy – Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Lancaster, Orangeburg (803) 898-1316
Shamille Rice – Reporting Requirements and Fees (803) 898-0495

Other Helpful Links

Hazardous Waste Regulation
EPA Hazardous Waste