Toxic Waste Law and Legal Definition

Toxic waste is a substance that can cause acute health or significant adverse environmental impacts. The term is often used to refer generally to any waste, chemical or substance subject to environmental laws. There are various federal and state laws, which vary by state, governing toxic waste.

A toxic waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste that is listed as hazardous because of its toxic properties. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provides "cradle-to-grave" control of solid and hazardous waste by establishing management requirements on generators and transporters of hazardous waste and on owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. Federal RCRA regulations are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR Parts 240-282.