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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Frequently Asked Questions
Small Quantity Generator (SQG)
  • What are typical hazardous wastes at healthcare facilities?
    Healthcare facilities typically generate these common hazardous wastes: For more information about the types of wastes generated by healthcare facilities, visit Pollution Prevention at Healthcare Facilities.
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  • Is our facility a small or full quantity generator?
    If your facility generates less than 220 pounds or less than 2.2 pounds of P-listed waste per month, you are considered a "small quantity generator" according to New Hampshire Hazardous Waste Rules. If your facility generates more than 220 pounds or 2.2 pounds of P-listed waste per month, you are a "full quantity generator."

    Visit One Stop to see a listing of your facility's hazardous waste streams.

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  • How can we reduce the amount of waste generated at our facility?
    • Purchase only the amount of product needed.
    • Switch to digital photo processing.
    • Use a silver recovery unit to reclaim silver.
    • Use a centralized ordering system within departments.
    • Train your employees on the proper process techniques to reduce needless spills.
    • Separate your hazardous and solid wastes. This will eliminate excess amounts of hazardous material generated, by distinguishing those that can be discarded as solid waste.
    For more information on these and additional ideas for reducing hazardous wastes, visit Pollution Prevention in Healthcare Facilities.
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  • What are the differences between Universal and Hazardous Wastes?
    Universal wastes are wastes that meet the definition of hazardous waste in the NH Hazardous Waste Rules. They are generated by all segments of the population and, unfortunately, often improperly disposed by the people who generate them. In an effort to make it easier and more cost effective to properly manage these wastes, the Universal Waste Rules exempts the wastes from the more burdensome Hazardous Waste Rules requirements, as long as they are managed to prevent release to the environment and properly recycled or disposed.
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Links to information on specific New Hampshire universal wastes:



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