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For information about managing hazardous waste, contact:
Mike Ellenbecker
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Notification of hazardous waste activities

Certain types of activities related to hazardous waste require prior notification to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

In response to COVID-19, the DNR has developed an online method for requesting an extension to generator storage accumulation time limits. Select the “HW accumulation time extension” tab below for further instructions.

EPA Form 8700-12

Regulated waste activities and EPA Identification numbers

Businesses and facilities that generate or transport hazardous waste, or that own or operate a facility for the collection, treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous waste, are required to notify the DNR. Regulated waste activities include:

  • hazardous waste generation, recycling, or treatment, storage and disposal;
  • transportation of hazardous waste;
  • universal waste handling and/or destination facilities;
  • used oil transporting, processing/re-refining, burner and marketer activities;
  • academic lab hazardous waste management; and
  • household and very small quantity generator collection facilities (permanent).

A small or large quantity generator may not treat, store, dispose of, transport or offer for transportation hazardous waste until it has received an EPA identification number from the Wisconsin DNR, another authorized state or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Very small quantity generators that choose to manifest their hazardous wastes must also obtain an EPA ID number.

EPA’s 8700-12 Form is used to notify DNR of waste activities and obtain an EPA ID number under s. NR 662.012, Wis. Adm. Code. There are two ways to prepare and submit the form: EPA’s MyRCRAid online application or a fillable form. 

MyRCRAid online application

This option allows facilities to prepare and submit initial and subsequent notification forms electronically and requires a registration process that uses an electronic signature. Once the registration is complete, approval as a Wisconsin user is typically granted within 1-3 business days by receipt of a confirmation email. Once you have received this confirmation, the MyRCRAid application can be used to prepare and submit the 8700-12 form.

Fillable form option

The RCRA Subtitle C Reporting Instructions and Forms contains the fillable 8700-12 form at the end of the document. Please note that none of the addendums to the form are available for use in Wisconsin as they are associated with rules that are not currently promulgated in the state. Once the form is completed, print, sign and mail or email to your DNR regional environmental program associate.

HHW and VSQG collection

Collection of household and very small quantity generator hazardous waste

In Wisconsin, the collection of household-generated hazardous waste and very small quantity generator waste (VSQG) is regulated under ch. NR 666, subch. HH, Wis. Adm Code, and applies to both temporary and permanent collection locations or events.

“Permanent collection facility" means a collection facility where household hazardous waste, or VSQG waste, or both, is collected or stored for more than 5 consecutive days.

“Temporary collection facility" means a collection facility where household hazardous waste, VSQG waste, or both, is collected or stored for no more than five consecutive days.

For more information, including a definition of VSQG, see the Definitions page.

Both temporary and permanent collection facilities must notify the dnr of their operations 30 days prior to the collection of household hazardous waste and VSQG hazardous waste. Permanent facilities need only notify once. The DNR recommends temporary sites notify annually.

Prior to notification, permanent collection facilities must apply for an EPA ID number using the U.S. EPA form #8700-12.  For instructions on how to obtain an EPA ID number, refer to the EPA ID numbers tab

Collection notification forms require information about.

  • facility operator,
  • collection location,
  • design and operational standards, and
  • waste types accepted.

Collection facilities can choose which types of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes to accept. The DNR recommends collection facilities provide information on accepted wastes to their community before and during the collection hours or event.

Permanent collection facilities must also identify:

  • waste management practices,
  • provide a site plan and layout, and
  • closure and financial responsibility requirements. 

If the collection facility is accepting VSQG wastes, a copy of the receipt to be issued to the businesses must be submitted with the notification. The receipt must require the following:

  • VSQG company name,
  • street address, city and state,
  • waste type(s) and quantity,
  • and waste acceptance date. 

HW accumulation time extension

Hazardous waste accumulation time extension

Wisconsin's hazardous waste regulations allow both large and small quantity generators to request an accumulation time extension in the event of unforeseen, temporary or uncontrollable circumstances that prevent shipment of hazardous waste within the 90-day timeframe for LQGs or the 180-day timeframe for SQGs. An extension of up to 30 days may be granted at the discretion of the DNR on a case-by-case basis pursuant to s. NR 662.034(3) and NR 662.192(3), Wis. Adm. Code.

A request for an extension must be made prior to the expiration of the required time limit. Potential reasons for requesting an extension must be identified to submit a request (i.e., transporter unable to meet schedule shipping date, or scheduled facility unable to accept wastes due to facility backlog or closure). To request an extension, follow the link below to submit your information to the DNR electronically. You can also contact a regional hazardous waste specialist, or Hazardous Waste Program Coordinator Mike Ellenbecker, to submit a request directly to program staff.

If a 30-day extension request is granted but the hazardous waste shipment the extension was requested for cannot occur within the extended period, contact Hazardous Waste Program Coordinator Mike Ellenbecker to discuss the regulatory requirements.

Last revised: Tuesday June 02 2020