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Restricted Waste Management Program

Facilities generating restricted waste within the boundaries of Clark County Nevada are subject to permitting by the Southern Nevada Health District in its role as the Solid Waste Management Authority.

  • What is considered a solid waste?
    • Solid waste is a material that you no longer need, want or use; it is something that is unusable or is intended to be discarded, such as garbage, rubbish, junk vehicles, ashes or incinerator residue, street refuse, dead animals, demolition waste, construction waste, sewage, solid or semi-solid commercial and industrial waste.
  • What is a restricted waste?
    • A restricted waste is a solid waste with properties that make it dangerous or potentially harmful to human health and/or the environment and is prohibited from disposal in a solid waste landfill. Examples of restricted waste include but are not limited to:
  • Evaluating your waste.The Solid Waste Management Authority requires anyone who generates a solid waste to make a “solid waste determination” to ensure that waste is not classified as a restricted waste.
    • When making a solid waste determination, a generator can:
      • Use “generator knowledge” when evaluating their solid waste. Examples of generator knowledge would include but not limited to:
        • Chemical makeup of all ingredients or materials used in process (ex. SDS).
        • Data obtained from approved methods of sampling and laboratory analysis of waste generated from same or similar process using the same ingredients or materials.
      • Testing your solid waste. A Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) can be performed on a representative sample of solid waste that is generated to determine if your solid waste is considered a hazardous or restricted waste.

    If the solid waste that your facility generates is determined to be a restricted waste you must obtain a Restricted Waste Generator Permit from the Solid Waste Management Authority.

  • Are there any exemptions from obtaining a permit?Yes, your facility may apply for an exemption if:
    • The restricted waste is inspected and/or permitted by the:
      • Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Compliance Evaluation Inspection;
      • Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) under the Hazardous Waste Management Program;
      • Publicly Owned Treatment Work (POTW) under a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit;
      • Solid Waste Management Authority as a permitted solid waste management facility.
    • The restricted waste generated per calendar year is:
      • Less than 1 (gallon) or 8 (eight) pounds;
      • Not elemental Mercury or categorized as a Acutely Hazardous Waste as defined by 40 CFR 261.33;
      • Compliant with the minimum standards and requirements set forth in Chapter 4-3.02;
    • The only restricted waste generated is:
      • Universal waste-excluding lead acid batteries
      • Untreated medical waste

      *Please note in almost all cases, facilities generating restricted waste must have an initial evaluation performed by a restricted waste inspector before an application for exemption will be considered.

  • Types of Restricted Waste Management Permits
    • Category I- All generators of restricted waste will be initially issued a Category I Restricted Waste Management Permit after completing the requirements set forth for permit issuance. Category I Restricted Waste Management inspections will be conducted onsite annually or as needed to ensure compliance.
    • Category II- An application may be submitted for permit reclassification to a Category II Restricted Waste Management Permit. The Solid Waste Management Authority will evaluate the types and quantities of restricted waste generated by permittee to determine eligibility. Category II Restricted Waste Management inspections will be conducted onsite once every three calendar years or as needed to ensure compliance.
      • Category II Eligibility requirements:
        • Generate less than 50 gal or 400 lbs of Restricted Waste in a single calendar year;
        • Not generate Acutely Hazardous Waste as defined by 40 CFR 261.33;
        • Must be compliant with the requirements of the Restricted Waste Management Program listed above in Chapter 4-3.02.
          Apply for Category II Restricted Waste Management Permit
      • Category II permit revocation:
        • Failure to submit Annual Restricted Waste Management Self Assessment before expiration date of current permit;
        • A Restricted Waste Management Inspection identifies that the Generator of Restricted Waste is outside of eligibility requirements for reclassification.
  • What types of businesses usually qualify for a Restricted Waste Management Permit?

    *The list below is a general guide and is not an all inclusive listing.

    • Automotive Industry (vehicle maintenance, auto body & paint, tire shops, etc.)
    • Academic Institutions(auto shops and laboratories)
    • Airline maintenance facilities
    • Car Washes (self-serve and automatic)
    • Casino/Hotels maintenance
    • Dry cleaners
    • Film and X-ray processing
    • Fire arm industry (maintenance, manufacturing, shooting ranges, etc.)
    • Golf course maintenance facilities
    • Hospitals and Medical practices (dental, quick care, clinics, etc.)
    • Manufacturing and machine shops
    • Metal fabrication and plating facilities
    • Processing plants (fuels, granite, concrete, etc.)
    • Research and analytical laboratories
    • Retail stores (all-inclusive, automotive, grocery, home improvement, etc.)
  • How do I obtain a restricted waste permit?
  • I have submitted my Restricted Waste Management Permit application, so what happens now?
    • After the Health District receives your application, a restricted waste inspector will be following up to perform your restricted waste inspection. Please keep in mind inspections are unannounced and may take place anytime during your normal business hours.
      • Note: Due to the volume of restricted waste inspections performed in Clark County, it could take up to 90 days for the onsite inspection to take place from the time your application is received.
  • Is the Restricted Waste Management Permit transferable?
    • No, the permits are not transferable to new owners or new locations. As business practices change per location and/or ownership, a new restricted waste inspection must be performed.
  • Do I have to pay a fee for my restricted waste management permit?
    • Yes, the fees are as follows:
      • $227 annual fee for a Category I Restricted Waste Management Permit
      • $227 every 3 (three) calendar years for a Category II Restricted Waste Management Permit

All permitted restricted waste generators in Clark County are inspected. Inspections are conducted to ensure that restricted waste generated is being properly managed and do not pose a risk to the environment or to the public.

  • Why am I being inspected?
    • There are a number of reasons inspections are conducted.
      • Routine Inspection: conducted to evaluate if restricted waste generators are compliant with the minimum standards outlined in Chapter 4-3.02 of the Solid Waste Management Authority Regulations.
      • Re-Inspection: this is a follow up of a non-compliant routine inspection.
      • Complaint driven: the Solid Waste Management Authority has received a complaint regarding mismanagement of solid or restricted waste.
  • What can I expect during the inspection?
    • Inspections are generally performed unannounced, but will occur during regular business hours.
    • Upon arrival, the inspector will introduce him/herself and provide the proper credentials. The inspector will ask to speak with the site representative. This is usually a manager, supervisor, or someone who knows the facility and is familiar with its processes, and wastes generated.
    • The inspector will ask you to describe what the facility does and the types of processes that take place.
    • During the walk through, the inspector will want to survey the areas where waste (solid & restricted) is generated, processed, and stored. The inspector will be going through the checklist, taking notes, and photographing conditions onsite.
    • After completing the walk through, the inspector will ask to review records. This will include:
      • Proof of proper disposal: Receipts, shipping papers/logs, waste manifests for hazardous and non-hazardous wastes that have been shipped in the past three years.
      • Analytical information (if applicable): Safety data sheets (SDS) of chemicals used and results of laboratory analyses (TCLP) performed for solid waste determination.
      • Industrial waste water discharge permits.
    • At the conclusion of the walk through and records review, the inspector will notify the site representative of the inspection results and the status of the permit. A copy of the inspection results will be provided to the site representative and any discrepancies or violations noted will be explained prior to departure. If the result of the inspection is non-compliant, the site representative will be notified of the corrective actions that need to be completed prior to the scheduled re-inspection.
  • Non-Compliant Facilities:
    • Failure to satisfactorily perform corrective actions noted during a non-compliant inspection may result in permit revocation, an Order and/or a Notice of Violation seeking administrative penalties.
  • Become and maintain familiarity with chemicals, wastes (restricted and/or solid) and processes at your facility.
  • Ensure restricted wastes are stored, staged, and kept separate from solid waste (municipal trash and garbage).
  • Ensure restricted wastes are stored in a container that is:
    • Labeled according to its contents.
    • Closed when not in use.
    • Structurally sound.
    • Not a spill risk.
    • Chemically compatible with the type of container used.
  • Create a environmental folder/binder that contains:
    • Copies of documentation providing proper disposal of restricted wastes.
    • Analytical results from laboratory analysis.
  • Create and maintain a workplace atmosphere that promotes:
    • Safe practice and management of chemicals and wastes generated onsite.

Contact Information

Phone: (702) 759-0600


Updated on: July 11, 2019

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