Small Business Hazardous Waste Recycling


Properly disposing of hazardous waste can be costly and inconvenient. Businesses may not use the residential hazardous waste program. Fortunately, small business owners in Santa Clara County have a different cost-effective, and environmentally sound option to meet their hazardous waste recycling and disposal needs.

If your business qualifies as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG), you have the opportunity to participate in the Santa Clara County VSQG program. Continue reading below to see if your business qualifies for the VSQG program and to learn how you can participate. If you have any further questions on whether or not your business qualifies, please call 800-207-8222.

If your business does not qualify for the VSQG Program, please refer to Santa Clara County's Department of Environmental Health - Hazardous Materials Compliance Division for detailed information on how to properly handle your business's hazardous waste.

VSQG Program - How to Participate

Step 1: Determine if you Qualify

  • The business must qualify as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) as defined in the California Health and Safety Code, section 25218.1, and Code of Federal Regulations 40, Section 261.5.
    • According to code, you must generate less than 220 pounds, or 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month, or less than 2.2 pounds of extremely hazardous Waste per month.
    • Non-Profits, landlords, apartment managers, and businesses who generate hazardous waste are considered small businesses and are not exempt from disposal fees.

Step 2: Obtain a California E.P.A. I.D. Number

  • All participants of the Small Business Program must have an EPA Identification Number. Call the California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL EPA) at 800-618-6942 to apply for either a Temporary or Permanent Number. In the majority of cases, EPA ID numbers can be assigned over the phone. Please be patient and prepared for high call volumes.

Step 3: Submit an Inventory Sheet

  • After printing and filling out this Inventory Sheet, call Clean Earth at 800-207-8222 and follow the instructions to send your inventory. 

Step 4: Schedule an Appointment

  • Once they receive your inventory sheet, they will produce a price quote and contact you. If you agree to the price and wish to proceed, they will create an account for you. Once your account is created, they can proceed with setting up an appointment. They have hazardous waste collection events for businesses in San Martin and San Jose. Once you agree to an appointment, they will fax or email you your copy of the waste manifest along with a map and directions to our facility and a transportation variance allowing you or your employees to transport up to 27 gallons or 220 lbs. of hazardous waste, and your copy of the waste manifest.

VSQG Resources