Contact the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for information about the disposal of hazardous waste and a complete interpretation of regulations concerning hazardous waste. Always follow label instructions (when available) for handling any hazardous material. DEQ can also assist you with any concerns about handling.

What are hazardous wastes?

Hazardous wastes are any solid, liquid, or contained gaseous materials which are no longer used and, if not handled or disposed of properly, could damage or pollute the land, air, or water. They can also cause injury or death to exposed individuals. A waste is hazardous if it exhibits one or more of the following characteristics:

There are several types of hazardous wastes typically found on farms and ranches. A few examples are:

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Can I avoid extensive government regulation of my hazardous wastes?

Yes, farmers and ranchers can avoid regulation if they meet the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) minimal requirements. However, this exemption does not relieve farmers of the need to properly identify and dispose of hazardous waste. To determine if this conditional exemption applies to you, see the Hazardous Waste Regulation Guide.

How can I dispose of my hazardous wastes?

You can dispose of hazardous waste at approved landfill facilities and through bonafide reclamation and recycling centers. For landfill information, contact the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Information about reclamation and recycling centers, including locations and materials accepted, is located in the Idaho 1996 Recycling Directory.

Are there special collection programs for any hazardous wastes?

Yes, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture collects unusable pesticides every spring and fall. Contact the ISDA for more information about their Pesticide Disposal Program, or see the Pesticide Disposal Guide on this site.

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How can I reduce my unwanted agricultural chemicals?

You can minimize the amount of unwanted chemicals on your site by following a few guidelines. The tips include:

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What else can I do to avoid hazardous waste problems?

There are some simple do's and don'ts of hazardous waste handling:

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