All regulated medical and chemical wastes generated in College laboratories and other facilities must be disposed of in accordance to the guidelines and regulations mandated by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
BEFORE REQUESTING A HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK UP
- Determine if you can reuse or recycle this waste in your laboratory. If so, there is no need to dispose of the material through the W&M Hazardous Waste Program disposal procedures.
- Unopened/Uncontaminated Containers. If you have unopened or uncontaminated containers in a usable form, you should attempt to find another user. This will avoid the cost of disposal, the environmental impact of disposal, and needless cost to another user incurred through the purchase of new chemicals.
- Separate solids and liquids. All liquids must be free of solid material and or sludge to facilitate consolidation, recycling and proper disposal. If solids cannot be separated from liquids, the identification and quantity of the solid component must be listed on the Hazardous Waste Disposal Request Form. Every effort should be made to separate solids and liquids.
- Consolidate similar wastes. Effort should be made by the waste generator to consolidate same-type waste into as few containers as possible.
- Properly package the waste. Make sure containers are compatible with the material inside and if not, perform a transfer to a new container. Containers must be leak free, have a tight cap, and be clean on the outside. Stoppers and corks are not suitable. Containers should be no more than 90% full to avoid spills.
- Label all hazardous waste containers with the hazardous waste labels. Information on the labels must agree with the information on the Hazardous Waste Disposal Request Form.
- Prepare the waste containers for pick-up and transport.