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Business Hazardous Waste

Small Quantity Generators (CESQG)

Businesses that generate 27 gallons or 220 lbs. of hazardous waste, or 2.2 lbs. of extremely hazardous waste per month are called “Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators,” or CESQGs. San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Program provides waste management services to CESQG businesses.

The most common CESQGs in San Bernardino County are painters, print shops, auto shops, builders, agricultural operators and property managers, but there are many others.



When you call, be ready to describe the types and amounts of waste your business generates in a typical month. If you generate hazardous waste on a regular basis, you must:

Register with San Bernardino County Fire Department (909) 386-8401 as a hazardous waste generator. To obtain an EPA ID# and application form from the State visit calling (800) 618-6942

Manage hazardous waste in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

To arrange an appointment for the CESQG Program, call 1-800-645-9228 or 909-382-5401. Be ready to describe the type and amount of hazardous waste your business is ready to dispose of, and the types and size(s) of containers that the waste is in.



There is a small handling fee involved in the collection of hazardous waste from your business. Costs depend on the type of waste.


Typical CESQGs

Landscape maintenance, nurseries, agriculture, golf coursesProperty management, maintenance residential care facilitiesElectronic, engineeringPublic agency, non-profit organizationsAuto repair shopsPaintersRealtorsHairdressersPhotographersBowling alley operatorsSchoolsDentistsManicure, nail shopsCraft, hobby storesPrint shops

Are There Any Other Ways To Save Money on Hazardous Waste Disposal?

Yes! First, start by reducing the amount of waste that you produce by changing processes or process chemicals, at your business. Next, examine if there is a way that you can recycle your waste back into your processes. Network with similar businesses or trade associations for waste minimization and pollution prevention solutions.


What If Your Business Does Not Qualify?

Call the San Bernardino County Fire Department Field Services Division for assistance with hazardous waste management at 909-386-8401. If you  reduce the amount of waste you generate each month to 27 gallons or less, you may qualify in the future.


What Happens to Your Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste collected by the CESQG Program is transported to a state permitted processing facility in San Bernardino. The waste is further  processed at this point and packaged for off-site recycling (oil filters, oil, latex paint, antifreeze, and batteries) or destructive incineration (pesticides, corrosives, flammables, oil based paint).