NJ Waste Reduction for Paint Formulators


Paint formulators generate a variety of hazardous wastes in their operations. Tank cleaning is the principal source of waste generation. Common waste types include:

Paint formulators have a unique opportunity to reduce their waste generation without expensive capital investments because most of the waste from this industry contains essentially the same constituents as the raw materials and the products.

Waste Reduction

Waste reduction can reduce the amount of hazardous wastes generated in your shop. This benefits you by reducing or minimizing:

In some instances, it may require some initial capital investment to introduce and implement waste reduction practice. However, these "up-front costs" can be quickly recovered in the short term in most cases when hazardous waste management and liability costs are reduced. Waste reduction also helps improve corporate image in the community.

The New Jersey state regulations require that generators of hazardous waste file an Annual Generator's Report (N.J.A.C. 7:26- 7.4(g)). Among other requirements, this report must include a description of the efforts undertaken and the achievements accomplished during the reporting period to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste generated.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Hazardous Waste Management
Hazardous Waste Advisement Program
Bureau of Regulation and Classification

The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest requires fully regulated generators to certify that they "have a program in place to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste generated.. determined to be economically practicable" and that they have selected the "practicable method of treatment, storage, or disposal currently available.which minimizes the present and future threat to human health and the environment".

Beginning Your Waste Reduction Program

The first requirement for a successful waste reduction program is management commitment and support. The plant owner or manager must be committed to reducing waste and must pass the commitment on to the employees. Every employee must be charged with the responsibility to identify and carry out waste reduction goals.

Assessing Your Waste Reduction Opportunities

Waste assessments are used to list the sources, types and amounts of hazardous waste generated in order to identify waste reduction opportunities. Information gathered during the assessment process should answer the following questions:

These and other related questions can help you determine where to focus your waste reduction efforts.

Improve Shop Procedures

Substitute Materials

Modify Processes

Equipment modifications

Recycling and Resource Recovery

Increase Recyclability

On-site Recycling

Off-site Recycling

Explore waste exchange possibilities. For a list of suppliers and potential buyers of recyclable waste contact the Hazardous Waste Advisement Program at (609) 292-8341.

Other Waste Minimization Options

Additional Publications

Some additional publications that may be helpful in overall management of hazardous waste available from Hazardous Waste Advisement Program are:

Hazardous Waste Information Series:


Technical Information Publications (TIP):

Waste Minimization Publications:

Other Publications:


Water Resources Publications:

Further Information

For information about regulatory requirements contact the Hazardous Waste Advisement Program at (609) 292-8341 or write to:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Hazardous Waste Management
401 East Street, CN028, 5th Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08628
Attn: Hazardous Waste Advisement Program

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Last Updated: October 31, 1995