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Waste Collection for Laboratory Wastes


Environmental Health and Safety (EHSC) has completed the process of consolidating the chemical, radioactive, and mixed (radioactive hazardous) waste collection programs into a single service. Our goal is to ensure compliance with EPA, DOT, and NRC regulations while providing convenient and responsive service to the hundreds of University labs, shops, and storage facilities that generate wastes. Significant changes and points of emphasis include:

Waste Form Submittals

  • Radioactive and chemical wastes are filed on a single form.
  • Waste materials for disposal through EHSC need to be identified using the waste identification form available on-line through the EHSC home page. The form is specific to each container, i.e., one form for each container. Each form requires identification of all chemical constituents including water, and approximate percentages, with no abbreviations or chemical formulas. Trade names may be used, but should also identify main ingredients. Additional instructions are included in the Chemical Waste Manual and with the form.

Waste Accumulation

File waste forms as soon as containers are determined to be "full" or otherwise ready for disposal. This is especially important for persons using radioactive materials (inventory limits) or relatively large volumes of solvents (fire hazard and volumes of flammable liquids).

Collection Schedules

Our goal is to minimize hazards posed by wastes in the work area while striking a balance between timely collection and frequency of visits to the same buildings. To achieve this, we will attempt to collect wastes within three days of submittal.

We wish to continue certain collection schedule concepts.


Centennial Campus

Wednesdays Method Road
Dearstyne area
College of Veterinary Medicine
Thursdays & Fridays Main Campus

Schedules are based on forms submitted before 3 p.m. each work day. Daily schedules are flexible, and will allow for collection from adjacent buildings based on need.

Registered persons may access the system to see when certain buildings are scheduled for waste collections. Access to scheduling information requires the use of the generator ID and password.

Other Wastes

Biological, microbiological, and related wastes, that have been autoclaved, should be placed in the red waste containers, which are located in the vicinity of the larger solid waste (trash) dumpsters at buildings containing autoclaves.  These containers are clearly labeled for this purpose.  If you cannot find a suitable container at your building, please call Hazardous Waste Manager at 515-6863.

Dead animals and animal parts cannot be placed in the campus solid waste (trash) dumpsters.  The single container for these wastes is located at the Centennial Biomedical Campus (CBC).  Access to these containers should be coordinated with Steve O’Connell at 513-6625.

Dead animals and animal parts originating at non-CBC campus locations need to be transported to the CBC for proper disposal.  Please contact Hazardous Waste Manager at 515-6863 to arrange for transport and disposal.

Radioactive animal carcasses and other radioactive biological wastes should be disposed of through the Radiation Safety Office of EHSC.  Contact Amy Orders (515-5208) for information.

Used sharps should be placed in a sturdy, puncture-resistant, package.  Properly packaged sharps are removed by the EHSC during routine waste pickups.  Also, a request for sharps removal can be made online through the HazTrack system.  The system is accessible through the EHSC web site.

EHSC can also collect miscellaneous articles, equipment, and debris not suitable for disposal through the campus solid waste program (trash).  Questions on the proper management of these other waste types should be directed to Hazardous Waste Manager at 515-6863 or Bruce Stewart at 515-6864.

Waste Form Submission