Research Integrity

Hazardous Materials Pickup

The quarterly hazardous material and chemical waste pickup is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17.  If you would contact persons in your respective departments, laboratories, or shops to inform them of this pickup it would be appreciated.  We will principally be gathering waste chemicals, used oil, paints and coatings, spent solvents, mercury-containing devices, fixer solutions, and any other potentially hazardous materials or chemical wastes.   Spent batteries, lamps, infectious wastes, sharps containers, etc., can also be collected for proper disposal or recycling at this time.

Please let me know the identity, quantity, and location of any chemical or other wastes you will have for removal by Friday, December 12.  We will try to pick them up before the scheduled date for waste consolidation purposes and to reduce the number of stops necessary.  Unknown substances are particularly expensive for disposal and cause concern for safe handling, so please make every effort to identify the waste material or its hazard characteristics.

Please contact me by return email or by phone at 285-2807 if you will have wastes ready for pickup, of if you have any questions or need assistance.  Remember that limited quantities of such wastes can be picked up any time if we are notified of the need, and they will be safely stored at another location pending the next scheduled campus waste removal. 

If you have unused cleaning compounds, paints, or other products that are suitable for use elsewhere on campus, or that can be excessed for public auction, please contact Purchasing Services as such materials should be reclaimed for use or sale rather than disposal as wastes.  It will be necessary to complete a B-450 form to facilitate pickup of these materials, and it is preferred that a Safety Data Sheet or other product information be available for any chemical products.  If you have any questions in this regard, please contact Andrea Stuffel of Purchasing Services at 285-1803, or by email at

The next scheduled chemical waste pickup will be during spring break. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Managing Laboratory Hazardous Waste