Business Hazardous Waste Program

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If your business or non-household generates hazardous waste, you may be able to dispose of the waste through the City’sConditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) program at the Santa Maria Regional Landfill Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. Our Facility is located at 2065 East Main Street in Santa Maria.


State regulations define a business as a CESQG if it generates less than:

  • 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month, or
  • 1 quart or 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste per month.


Hazardous waste accepted at our facility includes acids, non-PCB ballasts, cleaners, paints, batteries, light bulbs, oil and other hazardous wastes. For a complete list of hazardous wastes accepted by the City and disposal rates, please see the current Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Fees on the Rates page.


If your business does qualify as a CESQG you must have the following to bring your hazardous waste to our Facility:

  • EPA Identification number
  • Business Hazardous Waste Charge Application
  • An approved Disposal Form with information about your hazardous waste
  • An appointment for depositing hazardous waste at the Facility


  1. EPA Identification Number:
    In California, every business which generates or accumulates hazardous waste is required to have an EPA identification number. If you need an EPA ID number go to this California DTSC website link.
    Fill out Form 1358 and follow the instructions. It takes the DTSC about two weeks to issue the number.
  2. Business Hazardous Waste Charge Account:
    You must have an account with the City of Santa Maria to use the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility as a CESQG. If you do not have an account, fill out the Business Hazardous Waste Charge Application and submit it to the City per the instructions below.
  3. Disposal Forms:
    Fill out both sides of the City of Santa Maria Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Form. From this information we can verify the approval of hazardous waste to be accepted and determine the estimated collection cost.
  4. Appointment:
    Submit the Business Hazardous Waste Charge Application (if needed) and the Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Form to the City in one of the following ways:
  • Fax the completed forms to the Utilities Department at (805) 928-7240, attention: Regulatory Compliance Division
  • Mail or drop off a copy of the completed forms to the Utilities Department, 2065 East Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454, Attention: Regulatory Compliance Division
  • Email the scanned forms to:

City staff from the Regulatory Compliance Division will review the forms. Upon approval, the Regulatory Compliance staff will contact you to schedule a hazardous waste delivery appointment. Appointments are scheduled Wednesday mornings between 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. at 15-minute intervals.

When you arrive at your scheduled appointment, please bring a copy of your approved Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Form and your hazardous waste. Your actual disposal costs will be determined at the time of collection by the weight of the container(s) and the hazardous content.


Use caution while transporting hazardous wastes by closing all containers with a secure fitting lid, storing upright with leak-proof secondary containment and carry absorbent materials. When possible, keep hazardous wastes in their original product containers or provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Disposal Rates:
Disposal rates are based upon the types and quantities of hazardous waste. This is a revenue neutral program. Costs were calculated using the actual cost to handle and dispose for the hazardous waste. For current disposal rate information, please visit the Rates webpage.



For more information, call the Utilities Department at 805-925-0951 ext. 7270.


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