The next hazardous material and chemical waste pickup is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  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 or maintenance products, 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 return email or by phone at 285-2807--on or before Friday May 5.  We will then try to retrieve them before the scheduled pickup 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. 

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 disposed 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 Anna Arison, Asst. Director of Purchasing at 285-1803, or via email at  

The next scheduled chemical waste pickup will be just before start of the 2017-2018 Fall term. Remember, however, 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 campus waste removal.

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact Thomas Russell with any questions.

Managing Laboratory Hazardous Waste