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1.  How do I dispose of used antifreeze?

First, you should check with your local sewage treatment office. The sewage treatment department may allow small amounts (a few quarts) to be poured down the toilet or sink with lots of water dilution. If you have large quantities or this practice is prohibited by the local government, contact service stations or used oil collection stations. There may be a small fee charged. Waste disposal/recycling companies can handle large (commercial) quantities of antifreeze.
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2.  How do I dispose of "old gasoline"?

Call your State Solid  & Hazardous Waste Management contact. 
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3. How do I dispose of household chemical XYZ?

Call your state  Solid & Hazardous Waste Management contact to find about local collection information.
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4. How do I dispose of used paint?

Whenever possible, paint should be used up or donated. If those options are not possible, some counties and states have household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs.  Visit the regional  Reduce/Reuse/Recycling for more details on these pollution prevention programs.
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5. How do I properly dispose old tires ?

Tires are treated as a form of solid waste. Check with the trash collector or local landfill for special handling requirements.
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Hazardous Waste this site provides information and data that supported the development of the Hazardous Waste Identification Rule (HWIR) proposal. Click here  Exit EPA disclaimer General Information on Waste identification on methodology to identify Hazardous Waste.

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1. What is a Satellite Accumulation Area?

Various points around a facility where hazardous waste is generated and accumulated in very small amounts of waste until the waste can be moved to the main storage area.

      The Code of Federal Regulations state in 40 CFR, Part 262.34 that:

(c)(1) A generator may accumulate as much as 55 gallons of hazardous waste or one quart of acutely hazardous waste listed in 261.33(e) in containers at or near any point of generation where wastes initially accumulate, which is under the control of the operator of the process generating the waste, without a permit or interim status and without complying with paragraph (a) of this section provided he:

(i) Complies with 265.171, 265.172, and 265.173(a) of this chapter; and

(ii) Marks his containers either with the words ``Hazardous Waste'' or with other words that identify the contents of the containers. (2) A generator who accumulates either hazardous waste or acutely hazardous waste listed in 261.33(e) in excess of the amounts listed in paragraph (c)(1) of this section at or near any point of generation must, with respect to that amount of excess waste, comply within three days with paragraph (a) of this section or other applicable provisions of this chapter. During the three day period the generator must continue to comply with paragraphs (c)(1)(i) through (ii) of this section. The generator must mark the container holding the excess accumulation of hazardous waste with the date the excess amount began accumulating.
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2. Who do I report dumping (not spills) of hazardous waste, toxic chemicals, drums of unknown contents to?

It really depends on what the material is. Virtually every program in the agency may have some jurisdiction for these types of matters depending on what the material was, who perpetrated the action, where the material was dumped and the state where the event was located. First make sure to talk to the State   environmental representatives . You may also report the information,  to   EPA  over the phone  at (212) 637- 4050. The minimum information which you should provide is as follows: 

a. Your full name -spelling- and whether or not you wish to remain anonymous. Telephone number home and work, and whether or not you wish EPA's/State's follow-up to be limited to your home number only.

          b. Your Address

c. A descriptive account of the incident covering the following questions: 

  • What was the material?
  • Where did it happen? When did it happen?
  • Did you actually witness the incident, or have you heard about it second hand?

d. Who else saw the incident? Describe what you saw. Do you know who did it?

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