Fee-Based Chemical Waste Management Programs

Programs for Small Business, Not-For-Profits, Churches,
Out-Of-County Households and Special Circumstances

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Monroe County's chemical waste management program is free for Monroe County households with normal household-use chemicals (paints, cleaning liquids, pesticides, auto-care products, etc.). Industries and businesses are required to manage hazardous wastes through an authorized contractor. Monroe County provides qualified small businesses, not-for-profits, churches, etc. with a fee-based service to conveniently manage hazardous waste (see below).

To address requests for service from households outside Monroe County and from Monroe County residents who have somehow acquired non-household wastes, a fee-based program has been created. These households can download (pdf)  / (excel format) and complete a form listing the materials in need of proper disposal. County staff will then review the returned form, provide a cost estimate and schedule an appointment for the service.

Disposing of Hazardous Waste for Small Business, Not-For-Profits, Churches, etc.

The Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) program assists qualified small businesses, not-for-profits, churches, etc. in the proper disposal of hazardous waste for a fee. Since 1995, the CESQG program has handled almost 1,000 appointments to accept waste from these entities in Monroe and surrounding counties.

Under its New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permit, the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility will accept CESQG waste only if a business meets both the following qualifications:

Generates less than 1 kg/month (2.2 pounds) of acute Hazardous Waste (as defined by 6 NYCRR Part 371); and never stores more than this amount on site at any time.

Generates less than 100 kg/month (220 pounds) of listed and/or characteristic hazardous waste (as defined by 6 NYCRR Part 371); and never stores more than 1,000 kg/month (2,200 pounds).

CESQG Procedure

  • The interested business fills out a CESQG Form and forwards the information to the county’s Industrial Waste Section. The form includes business type, company name, contact name, and identification of waste type and quantity.
  • The county ensures the business is qualified and calculates an estimated disposal fee (generally, a lower price than a business would receive from a private hazardous waste contractor).
  • An appointment is arranged for the business to deliver the material (self-transport is an additional cost savings to the small business).

The completed CESQG Form must be returned to the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services via fax (585 324-1212) or mail to:

Monroe County Department of Environmental Services
145 Paul Road - Bldg. 10
Rochester, New York 14624
Attn: Industrial Waste Section

For more information on this program, call 585 753-7553.

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