Special Waste

Special waste is a subset category of non-RCRA hazardous wastes. Wastes that  qualify for a special waste are typically generated in larger volumes and pose less hazards. A special waste classification is not an automatic determination and a generator must apply to DTSC to request a special waste classification. Special wastes are eligible to be managed to less stringent standards, but the management  is subject to other agency’s approval and not automatic.

(i)         Criteria – Special wastes must only be hazardous for inorganic chemicals. The constituent concentrations may exceed their respective STLCs or TTLCs. The WET-soluble concentration (when expressed in mg/kg) cannot exceed its TTLC value.

(ii)        Management – Special waste can go into Class III landfills, but the landfill must have Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for special waste, and the landfill operator must have a variance from DTSC.

Activity 5d: Hazardous waste characteristics and categories

The Director received a frantic call from a concerned citizen (his neighbor) about Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate. The neighbor says there are 2 drums of the stuff at his rental house, a "present" left over when his renter skipped town without paying the rent. You have been assigned to research Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate and inform the Director about whether this material is regulated by DTSC.

Research Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate by clicking here.

Research Appendix X.

Research Article 4.

Research STLC and TTLC.

Research TCLP.

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Title 22 CCR 66261.120
Municipal landfills that are not authorized to accept hazardous waste.