Small Business Waste Program (SBWP) Overview
Changes Due to COVID-19 (Effective 03/19/2020, Updated 03/23/2020)
After considering the Mayor’s Proclamation to limit all social gatherings within City limits, the City of Flagstaff Hazardous Products Center Drop and Swap Program has been suspended immediately until further notice. Since COVID-19 is known to spread from person-to-person contact, the Drop and Swap program is being suspended to limit interactions while directly handling used products. While the Hazardous Products Center will remain open and continue to accept City and County hazardous waste for the time being, it has become abundantly clear that suspending the Drop and Swap program is the responsible step to limiting the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to the closure of Drop and Swap, all residents visiting the Hazardous Products Center will be asked to remain in their vehicle while attendants remove household hazardous waste from the vehicle.
We appreciate your patience during this time, and we look forward to reopening the Drop and Swap in the future.
Program Goal and Benefits
The SBWP provides a safe, affordable, and ecologically appropriate option for small businesses to dispose of hazardous waste in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations.
By providing a local facility for Flagstaff and Coconino County businesses to drop off their hazardous waste, the SBWP helps offset the cost of storage and transportation by combining small business hazardous waste together with household hazardous waste and transporting them offsite to one of our many waste disposal vendors.
These are some examples of hazardous waste:
- Petroleum products
- Paints, dyes, printing inks, thinners, solvents, or cleaning fluids
- Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or rodenticides
- Materials that dissolve metals, paints, paper, or clothing
- Flammable or combustible materials
- Universal waste such as batteries and fluorescent lamps containing mercury
- Products that are accompanied by a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), shipping label or placard, indicating that the product is hazardous, corrosive, flammable, toxic, ignitable, or reactive.
All businesses looking to utilize the SBWP must qualify as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG)
According to federal regulations (EPA 40 CFR 262.14), a VSQG is a generator (business owner) that meets the following three criteria:
- Generates 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) or less of acute hazardous waste in a calendar month.
- Generates 100 kg (220 lbs.) or less of non-acute hazardous waste in a calendar month
- Accumulates 1000 kg (2200 lbs.) or less of non-acute hazardous waste at any given time
If you need assistance in determining your generator status, you can call the Hazardous Products Center at (928) 213-2159, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff will answer questions to the best of our ability, but waste determination is solely the responsibility of the generator.
- Review the VSQG requirements (above) and review the transportation and costs associated with your waste(s).
- Review the SBWP guidelines
- Complete and submit the online Generator Certification Electronic Form
- After your Generator Certification has been reviewed, the SBWP will contact your business to schedule an appointment. Appointments are made one week in advance. A detailed inventory of your hazardous waste is required, along with any associated SDS's pertaining to your hazardous waste.