Hazardous Chemical Waste

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Hazardous waste must be managaged by a comprehensive program that follows the hazardous waste regulations provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

Managing Hazardous Chemical Waste

All hazardous chemical waste containers must be labeled with the contents. Labels are available and instructions are listed on the back. Failure to list the contents can lead to a material becoming an unknown hazardous waste. Determining the contents of an unknown chemical is an involved and costly process.

Follow these guidelines when handling hazardous waste:

  • Hazardous wastes must be placed in a Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) within your lab. All hazardous wastes must be kept in the same lab where they were generated. Transfer from lab to lab is not permitted. Refer to your lab's Laboratory Safety Manual for instructions on how to set up and manage your SAA.
  • Waste containers must be compatible with their contents. Incompatible wastes must be stored apart from one another.
  • Keep containers closed except when adding material to them.
  • All liquid hazardous wastes must be stored in a secondary containment bin.
Alcohol Disposal

Aqueous mixtures with alcohols such as ethanol (greater than 24%), methanol, isopropyl, etc. must be collected and treated as hazardous waste. Ethanol concentrations of 24% or less are acceptable for drain disposal.

Pickup of Full Chemical Waste Containers

When hazardous waste containers in laboratory satellite accumulation areas are no more than 90% full:

  • Complete DATE WHEN FULL on hazardous waste label
  • Follow the instructions on the Hazardous Waste Disposal Request form and scan and email the completed form to the number listed on the form

Special Waste Types

Contact an Expert

Head Shot of Anthony Oswald Hazardous Materials Manager.

Anthony Oswald

Hazardous Materials Manager; Chemical Hygiene Officer

Environment, Health & Safety

Phone: 716-829-5681

Email: acoswald@buffalo.edu

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