Hazardous Waste

Lab Chemicals

Many laboratory chemicals pose substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. It is the responsibility of the hazardous waste laboratory to process all laboratory waste, determine which waste is classified as hazardous, and to store and dispose of the hazardous waste in compliance with regulations enforced by the Department of Environmental Quality.

To remain in compliance with the Department of Environmental Quality, waste containers must be properly stored and labeled, closed at all times (when not being filled), and removed from the point of accumulation within three days of being filled.

Submit a work order request to have unused chemicals or laboratory waste removed. Be sure to specify whether more hazardous chemical labels or waste containers are needed. If waste containers are needed, include the type, size, and quantity. Attach a completed hazardous chemical label to each container before submitting a work order request.

Universal Waste & Environmentally Sensitive Materials

The hazardous waste laboratory will collect environmentally sensitive materials upon waste pickup requests made with the Facilities work order system. Environmentally sensitive materials include but are not limited to the following:

  • Commercial Pesticides and Fertilizers
  • Batteries
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Photographic Fixer
  • Paint Related Material
  • Used Oil
  • Asbestos Containing Material
  • Acetylene and Propane Cylinders
  • Light Ballasts, Transformers, and Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Flourescent Light Tubes