San Bernardino County Fire Dept
Small Business Waste Program
2824 East "W" Street, Bldg. 302
(San Bernardino International Airport)
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0799
1.800.OILY CAT (645.9228)
Hazardous wastes management is a cost that can best be contained through pollution
prevention, segregation, sound waste management and housekeeping. When it
comes to disposing of hazardous waste, identifying alternatives can be more difficult
for generators of smaller amounts of waste. The Hazardous Materials Division
offers a hazardous waste disposal service for small businesses that qualify as "Conditionally
Exempt Small Quantity Generators" (CESQG). Generators are encouraged
to carefully evaluate the qualifications and performance as well as the cost of
disposal before selecting any hazardous waste disposal service.
What is a
Businesses that generate no more than 27 gallons or 220
pounds of hazardous waste, or 2.2 pounds of extremely hazardous waste per month
are "Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators" or CESQGs. (pronounced
What is the CESQG Program?
The CESQG Program is a mobile hazardous waste pick-up
disposal service for eligible businesses in San Bernardino County. Trained San Bernardino
County Fire Department staff will come to your business, assist you in properly
labeling and marking your hazardous wastes, and remove it for disposal. All legal
documentation is provided as part of the service.
How do I get service?
CESQGs are encouraged to transport their waste by appointment
to the San Bernardino County collection facility, provided it can be done safely
and in compliance with all regulatory requirements. To arrange an appointment
for the CESQG Program, call 1.800.645.9228 or 909.382.5401. The CESQG Program
coordinator will schedule your appointment. 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 waste containers. Only the San Bernardino collection
facility is permitted to accept CESQG waste.
Who can use this service?
most common CESQGs in San Bernardino County are painters, print shops, auto shops,
builders, 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:
Secure operating permits from the San Bernardino County
CUPA as a hazardous waste generator. Call 909.386.8401.
EPA Identification Number from the State by calling 800.618.6942.
Manage hazardous waste in accordance with all local, state,
and federal laws and regulations.
What happens to your hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste collected by the CESQG Program is transported
to a state-permitted processing facility located 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 paints).
What if my business does not qualify?
Call the San Bernardino County CUPA
for assistance with hazardous waste management at 909.386.8401. If you reduce
the amount of hazardous waste that you generate each month to 27 gallons or less,
you may qualify in the future.
Why is the Fire Department collecting
Small generators often have difficulty disposing of small
quantities of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste companies usually have a minimum
amount of waste that they will pick up, or charge a minimum fee for service. Typically,
the minimum fee exceeds the cost of disposal for the hazardous waste. This leaves
the small quantity generator in a difficult situation. Some respond by storing hazardous
waste until it becomes economical for the hazardous waste transporter to pick it
up, putting the business out of compliance by exceeding regulatory accumulation
time limits. Yet other businesses attempt to illegally dispose of their waste at
household hazardous waste collection facilities. These facilities are not legally
permitted to accept commercial wastes, nor are prepared to provide legal documentation
for commercial hazardous waste disposal. In answer to the problems identified above,
the San Bernardino County Fire Department Household Hazardous Waste Program instituted
the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program.
Payment for Services
The CESQG Program will prepare an invoice for your business
at the time of service. The driver will ask you to sign and date the invoice. You
can pay at the time of service with cash or a check, or you can mail your payment
to the Fire Department within 30 days. Please note that we do not accept credit
card payments. Additional charges may apply for accounts not paid within 30 days.
Waste Types and Cost
There is a small handling fee involved in the collection
of hazardous waste from your business. Disposal costs depend on the type of wastes.
Prices are included in the
CESQG Brochure (pdf). Call to verify current disposal costs.
Are there any other ways to save money on hazardous waste disposal?
Yes! First, start by reducing the amount of waste that
you can 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 and trade associations for waste minimization and
pollution prevention solutions.
Are there any particular types of hazardous wastes
that the CESQG Program will not accept?
The CESQG Program is permitted and registered with the
State of California to accept limited types and quantities of hazardous wastes.
We cannot accept radioactive wastes, water reactive wastes, explosives, pyrotechnics
or fire arms, compressed gas cylinders, asbestos, medical wastes or hazardous waste
site remediation waste.