New hazardous waste container label requirements


New label requirements are in effect as of April 28, 2019.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has updated the hazardous waste regulations to incorporate the EPA’s “new generator improvement” rules.

The biggest changes are to the requirements for labeling hazardous waste.  Under the new rules, if you generate hazardous waste in containers larger than four liters, the words “Hazardous Waste” and the primary hazard (flammable, corrosive, toxic or reactive) must be visible from 25 feet. 

Our current hazardous waste label does not meet this requirement for containers larger than four liters.  For those of you who generate waste in containers larger than four liters, EH&S has created an additional label to use alongside the regular UW Hazardous Waste Label.

The additional labels are available to download from our website.  We created one for each primary hazard for printing on a standard Avery 5164 label.hazardous waste bucket with labels

Download these labels for use on containers larger than four liters:

Remember:  On hazardous waste containers larger than four liters, you must use one of these labels in addition to a properly filled out UW Hazardous Waste Label. 

For more information, refer to the focus sheet How to Label Chemical Waste Containers or contact EH&S's Environmental Programs team at 206.616.5835 or with questions about hazardous waste collection, labeling and disposal.


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