The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations provide hazardous waste management standards for generators of hazardous waste. This framework ensures that hazardous waste is managed safely from “cradle-to-grave” – from the time it is created, while it is transported, treated, and stored, and until it is recycled or disposed. The degree of regulation that applies to each waste generator depends on the amount of waste produced. This “waste generator status” determines the length of time that hazardous waste can be stored at the point of generation, or on site. Since accumulating hazardous waste on site can pose a threat to human health and the environment, you may keep it only for a short time without a permit.