A. Guidance for turning in hazardous property to DRMO is contained in DoD 4160.21-M,
Defense Materiel Disposition Manual, Chapter 10. Contact the local DRMO to receive a
handout that contains hours of operation, points of contact, and sample documentation. Prior to
turning in property, it is recommended that customers coordinate with the DRMO. This will
enable the DRMO to schedule the turn in and will provide customers with an opportunity to
obtain information regarding any recent changes to existing turn-in requirements.
B. Generators are responsible for the costs of disposing of hazardous wastes. Funding for
hazardous waste disposal is arranged through the MILLSBILLS interfund system. Any
exceptions to this arrangement will be documented accordingly. DRMS does not establish or
identify a MILLSBILLS fund code. The service/agency financial organizations do this.
Generators should contact their supporting Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and
ask for the Interfund POC. To establish a generator account for hazardous waste disposal,
contact DRMS-SHP at DSN 932-4784 or 616-961-4784. For inquiries regarding hazardous
waste billing, contact DRMS-OFA at DSN 932-5838/5818 or 616-961-5838/5818.
C. Accurate identification of hazardous waste is essential for proper disposal. Misidentified or
unknown hazardous wastes present special problems which may result in unusually excessive lab
analysis testing costs and cause delays in disposal action. As a general rule, different types of
wastes should not be combined, commingled, or mixed. Collecting different types of wastes in
the same container makes the identification process more difficult, may increase liabilities, and
could cause hazardous conditions if incompatible chemicals are combined. Combining different
wastes may also result in a mixture that requires a more complex method of treatment or
disposal, resulting in increased costs to the generator. Some wastes have a sales potential for
recycling, use as a fuel, or for use in an industrial process. However, if such wastes are
contaminated with other products, the marketability may be destroyed and the generator will be
required to pay for disposal on a commercial service contract. DoD generators are required to
provide DOT approved containers for turn-in of hazardous wastes to DRMOs in accordance with
DoD 4160.21-M, Chapter 10.
D. Under certain circumstances, some service commands are authorized to administer disposal
of their hazardous wastes. When this occurs, the service procedures should be followed.
E. All generated wastes must be properly packaged, marked, labeled, and certified in
accordance with the appropriate shipping regulations before they can be shipped or before the
DRMO will accept them.
11.5 DoD Components. DoD components are individually responsible for disposal of those
categories of waste (e.g., municipal trash, radioactive waste, infectious medical items, munitions,
etc.) which, for practical and economical reasons, were not assigned to DLA. Specific categories
are provided in DoD 4160.21-M, Chapter 10.
SECTION V. RELATED TOPICS
11.6 Hazardous Waste Minimization. Hazardous waste minimization issues applicable to
receiving are covered in chapter 3, section X of this publication.