Business Hazardous Waste


If you own a business, you probably use toxic materials onsite. State and federal environmental regulations require that they are managed properly. Businesses that generate a relatively small quantity of hazardous waste qualify for a special, county managed program that provides a legal and affordable solution to hazardous waste disposal. The county calls these organizations Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG).

What is a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator or CESQG?

Any business in Fairfax County (including those in the cities and towns within Fairfax County) that generates less than 27 gallons or 220.46 lbs. of hazardous waste per month OR less than 1/4 of a gallon or 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste per month.  (See Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter I, Part 261).

The most common CESQGs in Fairfax County are:  auto shops, exterminators, funeral homes, landscape contractors and nurseries, manufacturing firms, print shops, property management companies, dry cleaners and home improvement contractors.

How can I participate in the program?

If your business qualifies (see previous question), bring your hazardous waste to the I-66 Transfer Station Complex from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on a CESQG Clean-Up Day. We are not able to accept business hazardous waste at other times.  

2015 Event Schedule:

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015

All events will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the I-66 Transfer Station Complex Hazardous Waste Site, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, 22030.

When you arrive, we will determine if you qualify for the program based on the types and amounts of waste you generate.

  • You must show proof that your business is located in Fairfax County (including cities or towns located within the county) by providing a copy of your Business, Personal Property, State or County Business License.
  • A waiver must be signed certifying that your business is in Fairfax County and that it generates less than 100 kilograms (220.46 lbs.) of hazardous waste or less than 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste per month.

Waste must be in containers that are five gallons or smaller. All containers must be labeled for identification. Make sure your waste is in containers with lids.

What if you exceed the amount listed in the CESQG definition?

If your business generates more per month than the amounts of waste listed above, you are considered a regulated generator. You MAY NOT participate in a CESQG event. For information on how to dispose of your hazardous waste, call a local disposal company for specialized or hazardous waste.

What items ARE accepted, and what is the charge?

- Aerosols
- Asbestos
- Batteries: Nickel Cadmium, Lithium, Mercury, Zinc Air
- Coal Tars
- Cooking Oil:  Free disposal up to 15 gallons
- Corrosives
- Flammable Liquids
- Flammable Solids
- Fluorescent Tubes and Light Bulbs
- Herbicides
- Inks
- Insecticides
- Latex Paint
- Mercury
- Mercury Thermostats: Free disposal for reasonable amounts
- Oil-Based Paint
- Oil & Antifreeze:  Free disposal for reasonable amounts
- Oxidizers
- Pesticides
- Photo Chemicals
- Poisons

Fees vary depending on the type of material.  See our price list for more information.  Payment is due upon arrival.  Visa, MasterCard, checks or cash are accepted.  Make checks payable to: Director of Finance, Fairfax County.

What items are NOT accepted?

- Ammunition
- Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Explosives
- Medical or Biological Waste
- Radioactive Materials

Where can I get more information?

You may contact the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program by calling 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

See Also:
Disposal Companies for Specialized or Hazardous Wastes
Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Price List
The Know Toxics Program
Household Hazardous Waste


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