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Environmental Health and Safety

Hazardous Waste

Don't save it up! Do NOT allow more than one container of waste type to accumulate per lab.

A pick up service is provided by the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. Waste material should be placed into glass, metal, or plastic containers and kept closed. Segregate waste by hazard classes. Collect halogenated waste separate from nonhalogenated waste.

To request a pickup, fill out the form below

Categories of waste picked up
  • Flammable solids, liquids, and gases
  • Oxidizers
  • Halogenated solvents
  • Nonhalogenated solvents
  • Reactive materials such as peroxides, perchlorates, alkyl-metal compounds and explosives require special handling. Alert the pick up personnel to the nature of the reactivity.
  • Corrosives (organic and inorganic)
  • Poisons
  • Used vacuum pump oil and other lubricating oils
  • Rare metals and heavy metals including mercury
  • Batteries (however, sealed, non-leaking batteries may be sent to the Department of Environmental Health & Safety in the CAMPUS mail)
  • Asbestos
  • PCB oil and materials
  • Pesticides
Waste chemicals must be properly labeled, dated, and sorted
  1. Place a Hazardous Waste label on the container.These are available from the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.
  2. Write the name of the chemical on the label.The major components or hazardous chemicals should be listed.
  3. Write the date on the label when waste is first placed in the container.
  4. Write the date on the label when the container is full.
  5. All containers must be kept closed except when adding waste.
  6. You may not store full containers in the laboratory more than three days. Notify the Department of Environmental Health & Safety by phone or email to request a pick up.
  7. Box the containers for easy carrying. Label the box "Environmental Health & Safety."

Pick up request form