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BHAPE is Larimer County's Business Hazardous Waste Assistance and Education Program. It provides a safe and affordable disposal/recycling option for Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) in Larimer County. This voluntary program is fee based and operated at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at the Larimer County Landfill.
To use BHAPE you must:
Examples of businesses that participate in BHAPE include:
BHAPE will assist any Larimer County business that fits the CESQG definition.
A CESQG is a business that is exempt from most state and federal hazardous waste disposal regulations, as long as it generates very small quantities of hazardous waste and ensures delivery of its waste to a facility that is permitted to receive it.
Specifically, a CESQG:
Did you know that fluorescent bulbs are considered hazardous waste? The bulbs contain mercury and should not be discarded with regular trash. But you can safely dispose of them through BHAPE.
For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's "Lighting Wastes" page.
On July 31, 2001, electronic devices and components (such as, but not limited to, computer monitors, central processing units and printers) were added to the Universal Waste Rule, which was created by the federal government to assist businesses and agencies that handle certain frequently generated hazardous wastes. Other items that may be included under this rule are batteries, mercury-containing lighting wastes (such as fluorescent light bulbs), and aerosol cans.
If a business has electronics it no longer needs, the most practical choice is to recycle them as a universal waste rather than dispose of them. Disposal of these wastes is difficult to control because of their widespread use. The rule is intended to provide a set of reduced management standards that lessen the regulatory burden and encourage recycling for those wastes generated. Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), if materials that are considered universal wastes are not managed under the Universal Waste Rule, then they are subject to full compliance with hazardous waste rules such as labeling, manifesting, training and time limits.
If you have wastes that can be declared universal wastes, guidelines for handling them can be found in the Colorado Hazardous Waste Regulations 6 CCR 1007-3 Part 273.
For complete details regarding these regulations as well as other useful information, access the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's hazardous waste Web page. Or call the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 498-5773 with questions.