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Small Business Waste Assistance Program (SBWAP)

The Small Business Waste Assistance Program (SBWAP) provides a safe and affordable disposal/recycling option for your business’s hazardous waste. SBWAP is part of the City of Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program and is operated by the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department.

Who can Use the SBWAP?

Almost any business that generates small quantities of hazardous waste and operates as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) can use the program. A CESQG is a business that is exempt from most state and federal hazardous waste disposal regulations so long as it generates very small quantities of hazardous waste and ensures delivery of its waste to a permitted facility.

Where does the Waste Go?

Waste received at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWP) on West Sweetwater Drive is processed and either recycled or disposed of properly. Approximately 98% of the waste received is recycled.
 

What kinds of businesses use the SBWAP and what kind of waste do they generate?

Woodworkers  
Solvents, varnishes and stains
Auto repair shops
Cleaning solvents, used oil and antifreeze
Print shops
Cleaning solvents and inks
Painting contractors
Paints and solvents
Exterminators
Pesticides and herbicides
Photo shops
Developing and fixing solutions
Other
Any business that generates waste paints, solvents, thinners, cleaners, pesticides, caustics, oils or chemicals.
 
The SBWAP is a valuable community resource. The program helps prevent illegal disposal of hazardous waste into landfills, sewers, storm drains, and the environment.  It also helps businesses meet legal and financial responsibilities for the proper handling of waste generated.
 

Easy steps to get your business started:

  • Register with SBWAP
  • Submit a list, description and quantities of your business’ hazardous waste
  • Schedule an appointment to deliver waste to the facility
  • Pay disposal fee at the time of delivery
Download a free information packet about the program or call SBWAP at (520) 690-5749. 
  

How can SBWAP Help Your Business?

If your business generates small quantities of hazardous waste, the SBWAP can save you time and money. The SBWAP tracks your waste for you and guarantees that it will be properly disposed of or recycled. The SBWAP can also help you to identify hazardous waste and provide you with information about how it should best be managed.