There are federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Colorado regulations for hazardous waste.
Federal EPA regulations:
- Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976
- Purpose: to protect human health and the environment as well as promote energy/natural resource conservation, waste reduction, recycling, and proper management of waste. The "Cradle to Grave" responsibility was founded under RCRA.
- Hazardous & Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) of 1984
Colorado is an Agreement State under EPA. CSU’s primary hazardous waste regulators are the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Hazardous Waste Regulations 6 CCR 1007-3. CSU’s secondary hazardous waste regulators are the EPA and EPA 40 CFR Parts 260.
The main takeaway from the regulations is that improper disposal can result in civil and criminal prosecution of the individual responsible: $15,000/day/violation and a civil penalty of $25,000/day/violation. You must comply with the CSU, federal, and state regulations!