Businesses or organizations located within Ada County that are
considered a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG)
under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and/or
generate wastes regulated under the Universal Waste Rule (e.g.
fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs).
Under RCRA, CESQG must meet three conditions:
- Produces less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste each
- Produces less than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste [as
defined in 40CFR261.31, 261.32, 261.33(e)] each month
- Stores no more than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste on
How do I calculate how much hazardous waste my business
To determine generator status, you must do the following:
- look at all waste streams generated at your facility
- determine which waste streams are hazardous
- estimate the quantity of hazardous waste generated and stored
each month. (Use the standard of one gallon equals eight pounds to
estimate total pounds.)
If your business includes more than one location, calculate
quantities from each location separately. If the total amount of
wastes generated at your facility is less than 220 pounds per month
AND you also meet the other criteria, your business is eligible to
register for the program.
Contact the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality at
373-0502 or call the Ada County Permanent Collection Facility at
577-4736 for more information.
What if my business is not conditionally exempt?
If, according to your calculations, your business is not
conditionally exempt, contact the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for
What wastes can I register?
All wastes that fall under RCRA and the Universal Waste Rule
(including fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, and
other mercury-containing devices). Electronics accepted include
televisions, computers (monitor, keyboard, mouse, and CPUs),
printers, fax machines, and scanners. Dental office wastes, such as
amalgam, x-ray fixer solution, and lead foils are accepted. Cell
phones are also accepted.
Explosive, radioactive, or biomedical wastes ARE NOT
What does it cost?
Cost depends on the type of waste that is generated and is
charged by the pound. Fluorescent lights are charged by the foot
for straight bulbs. Any special shaped fluorescent bulb (e.g.
round, U-shaped) and compact fluorescent bulbs are charged a flat
per item fee. Businesses are charged disposal costs only. There is
no fee for electronics.
How do I register?
Once your business is verified as a CESQG, complete the application, certification, and
inventory report form of the wastes you wish to register. If
you need assistance in filling out these forms, call Ada County at
577-4736 or Boise Public Works Department at 384-3983. Mail
the completed forms to:
Ada County Solid Waste Management
200 West Front Street
Boise ID 83702
Attn. Ken Wall
Fax - 577-4739
Where do I take the wastes?
Business waste is accepted each Friday at the Ada County Permanent Collection Facility
located at Hidden Hollow Sanitary Landfill. Business wastes are
accepted on an appointment only basis. Each business is responsible
for the safe transport of their wastes to the facility. Business wastes are NOT accepted at Boise
City, Eagle, Kuna, or Meridian mobile collection sites.