Research Integrity

Hazardous Materials Pickup

The next quarterly hazardous materials and chemical waste pickup is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 2014. If you have wastes for disposal you should notify Tom Russell by December 12 so that he can get everything consolidated for shipment before the pickup by our waste vendor. The team 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 Tom Russell know the identity, quantity, and location of any chemical or other wastes you will have for removal. The team 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 Tom Russell by email at or by phone at 765-285-2807 if you will have wastes ready for pickup on or before December 12, or if you have any questions or need assistance. Remember that such wastes can be picked up at any time if the Environmental Health and Safety Office is 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 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 Andrea Stuffel of Purchasing Services at 765-285-1803 or by email at

Managing Laboratory Hazardous Waste