COMPASS - Hazardous Waste Compliance Assistance Program
This program was created to assist Connecticut businesses and industries in complying with hazardous waste management requirements by developing and implementing outreach education programs which provide information and offer site specific assistance.
COMPASS has four main components:
A Toll-Free Compliance Assistance Line (888) 424-4193 - Anyone may call the COMPASS line to ask questions about Connecticut’s hazardous waste requirements, to receive compliance assistance information, or to request consultative services. The COMPASS line is operated by knowledgeable staff from DEEP’s Hazardous Waste Program. Callers on this line may remain anonymous if they wish, and will not be targeted for inspection.
Compliance Assistance Information - DEEP's Hazardous Waste Program offers guidance documents and sponsors training conferences and seminars for hazardous waste handlers in Connecticut. In addition, a COMPASS handbook is available which contains information on obtaining additional guidance documents and services.
Consultative Services - DEEP's Hazardous Waste Program offers free consultative services in the form of site-specific conferences focusing on hazardous waste regulations applicable to the facility and its operations. CT DEEP also offers on-site voluntary compliance audits. See below for more information on these consultative services:
Guidelines for Performing a RCRA Compliance Assistance Audit for RCRA Generators . This document explains the process that DEEP follows when providing a free compliance audit.
DEEP PowerPoint Presentation This presentation explains the audit process, including who is eligible for an audit, how to arrange an audit, and what the audit experience is like.
Presentation by Dymax Corporation concerning their compliance audit
Presentation by Hoya Lens concerning their compliance audit
Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee – The State Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee was established to help guide the implementation of recommendations outlined in the external systems analysis report. The Committee also holds regular meetings about three time a year to discuss issues of interest to hazardous waste handlers in Connecticut. Many of these meetings also include free hazardous waste training.
Additional Compliance Assistance Information
- DEEP Outreach and Assistance Page provides information on a wide variety of DEEP assistance and outreach programs.
- RCRA Help! Provides a one-stop resource for those who are new to hazardous waste regulations. A user-friendly, step-by-step guidance to help hazardous waste handlers determine how hazardous waste requirements apply to them.
- Hazardous Waste On-Line Training Course: This is an Internet-based training course that provides detailed instruction in hazardous waste requirements for large and small quantity generators.
- DEEP Hazardous and Connecticut-Regulated Waste Compendium. This document provides a list of documents concerning the management of hazardous waste and Connecticut-Regulated Waste in Connecticut. Each of the listed documents may be accessed by clicking on a link in the table.
Content Last Updated March 5, 2020