Waste Management Program - Frequently Asked Questions

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Question:
How can I dispose of my old, used tires?

  • Answer:
    Waste tires must be dropped off at a solid waste facility permitted to accept waste tires. There are many permitted facilities around the state where waste tires are accepted for temporary storage and then transported to processing or disposal facilities.

 

Contact the Solid Waste team to locate a permitted waste tire facility near you.


Question:
Is a solid waste permit required for the disposal or management of waste tires?

  • Answer:
    A solid waste permit is required whenever tire wastes are stored, buried, or partially buried.

 

Contact the Solid Waste team if you have additional questions.


Question:
My business generates hazardous waste. Do we have to notify of hazardous waste generation?

  • Answer:
    A business must notify of hazardous waste generation if any of the following apply:
    1. The business generates 220 pounds or more of hazardous waste in a calendar month;
    2. The business generates 2.2 pounds or more of an "acute" hazardous waste per calendar month;
    3. The business stores 2.2 pounds or more of an "acute" hazardous waste at any one time; or
    4. The business stores 2,200 pounds or more of hazardous waste at any one time

    The notification form is available upon request or by clicking on http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/data/form8700/forms.htm (To view this document, you may need to use this free Adobe Acrobat Reader Click this if you wish to load Adobe Acrobat Reader).

 

If you have any additional questions contact the Hazardous Waste team.


Question:
My company generates hazardous waste. Do we have to submit a Biennial Hazardous Waste Report?

  • Answer:
    A business is required to complete and file a hazardous waste biennial report if the site was a Large Quantity Generator during the past odd numbered year (for example the years 2005 or 2007) and/or if the company was/is permitted to treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste during the past odd numbered year.

 

Go to Biennial Report for detailed information.


Question:
How can I dispose of my used oil?

  • Answer:
    Oil generated by do-it-yourselfers (DIY) from personal vehicles can be taken to local automotive businesses where it is added to their used oil. Click here to search for businesses in your area which accept DIY generated used oil.  Oil generated as a result of any business activity, including home-based and very small businesses, must be managed through an approved used oil hauler. Click here for a list of used oil haulers.

Question:
Can I burn used oil in my shop stove?

  • Answer:
    Yes. As long as you burn used oil generated on-site or accepted from homeowners; use a space heater manufactured for the burning of used oil; use a space heater with a capacity of no more than 0.5 million Btu per hour; and vent exhaust gases to the outdoors.

 

For more information, contact the Hazardous Waste team.


Question:
What guidelines have to be followed during building demolition or renovation?

  • Answer:
    When you perform a building demolition or renovation job at any institutional, commercial, public, or industrial building, you are subject to notification requirements and emission control requirements. In addition, inspections may be conducted. Residential buildings having four or fewer dwelling units including houses, duplexes, barns, and other outbuildings, are not required to meet these requirements.

 

For more detailed information click on Asbestos Guidelines for Building Demolitions/Renovations.


Question:
What are the requirements for removing asbestos floor tile and asphalt roofing material?

  • Answer:
    There are a number of requirements that need to be followed. They pertain to type and quantity of material and to the removal process.

 

For more detailed information click on Handling Asbestos Floor Tile and Roofing Materials.


Question:
Can I dispose of my household generated medical waste with my household garbage?

  • Answer:
    Your household medical waste, generally consisting of syringes and needles, can be disposed in your garbage.  Prior to placement in the garbage, it is highly recommended that the medical waste be rendered noninfectious, placed in a rigid container, and labeled appropriately.  If you have questions about how to render a particular medical waste noninfectious, you should contact the South Dakota Department of Health at (605) 773-3356 for assistance.

 

For EPA information about safe methods of disposal for medical needles (sharps) go to: http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/industrial/medical/med-govt.pdf.


Question:
Do I need a permit if I want to bury concrete rubble?

  • Answer:
    No. The Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) 74:27:07:01 define rubble as "stone, brick, concrete, or similar inorganic material, excluding ash, waste tires, trees, yard waste, and regulated asbestos-containing waste materials". These inorganic materials can be buried or used as fill material without a state solid waste permit.

 

If you have additional questions, contact the Solid Waste team.


Question:
What are the common recyclable materials that I can recycle from my household garbage? What type of recycling facilities are located in the area I live in?

  • Answer:
    The common recyclable materials found in household garbage are: aluminum cans, steel/tin cans, plastic, paper, magazines, newspapers, and cardboard.  For a list of recycling facilities in your area click here

 

If you have additional questions, contact the Solid Waste team.


Question:
I was cleaning out the barn and found some old pesticides. What should I do with them and is there anyone who can help me?