Hazardous Waste Disposal

Review the Waste Management: Chemical Waste web page for information on waste segregation, container selection, and disposal. For information on requesting a waste pickup and waste pickup schedules, consult the Request a Hazmat Pickup web page.

Key Points

  • Chemical waste containers shall be closed when not in use.
  • Chemical waste containers shall be placed in appropriate secondary containment.
  • Label all chemical hazardous waste with a Hazmat-issued hazardous waste tag or adhesive label.
    • Ensure waste accumulation start date is noted.
    • List chemical(s) – IUPAC nomenclature – on the tag/label. DO NOT use chemical formulae and abbreviations.
  • It is strongly recommended that labs dispose of hazardous waste containers no more than six (6) months from the date of first waste accumulation. DO NOT store hazardous waste vessels in a lab for more than nine (9) months from the date of first waste accumulation.
  • Fill liquid containers to NO MORE than 80% capacity to prevent spillage on top of the container.
    • Ensure the outsides of waste containers are free of contamination.
  • Do not attempt to decontaminate empty containers of Particularly Hazardous Substances (PHS).
  • Donate unused inventory or dispose of as hazardous waste at the end of research projects.
  • Containers and bottles which are decontaminated and no longer hazardous shall have the original labeling defaced, and “clean”, “decontaminated”, or “washed” should be written on the container.
  • Empty bottles (e.g., solvent bottles) can be re-purposed as liquid chemical waste bottles following appropriate decontamination.
    • DO NOT decontaminate bottles by allowing the residue to evaporate in a fume hood or elsewhere.
    • If labs choose to utilize plastic containers for liquid chemical waste, please ensure they are manufactured from polyethylene safe material.
  • For smaller quantities of solid chemical waste, labs can generate or purchase their own containers (e.g. polyethylene zip-lock bags)
  • Disposal of hazardous waste by pouring down the sink is prohibited.

Clean Glass Waste Pickup

HSC

  • Custodians will pick-up clean glass waste if left near the trash bins and not too heavy.
    • Custodians will pick-up small boxes free of charge.
  • Custodians will NOT pick up the tall white boxes that are generally used for clean glass waste as these boxes are too heavy.
    • If these boxes are used, please call FMS at 213-740-6833 (Customer Service Resource Center) to submit a work order.
      • FMS will charge for labor
      • Price will vary depending on the amount of time it takes to complete the service.
      • Labs will need to provide an IBR # for payment when they submit the work order.
    • Labs may choose to take the clean glass waste to a recycling bin on campus.

UPC

  • All clean glass waste must be submitted to FMS at 213-740-6833 (Customer Service Resource Center).
    • FMS will charge for the labor.
    • Labs will need to provide an IBR # for payment when they submit the work order.
  • Labs may choose to take the clean glass waste to a recycling bin on campus.

For additional, more detailed, information on chemical waste practices please refer to the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP).

For information about other types of hazardous waste (biomedical, radiological, universal), please refer to the Waste Management web page and select the appropriate waste stream.