Waste Management

Hazardous Waste Common Questions

Just what do you do with all this stuff and how much does it cost?

All hazardous waste must ultimately be managed by a permitted Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF). The waste codes assigned to a waste and its physical properties determine which treatment/disposal techniques are available.

Fuel substitution at a cement kiln, wastewater treatment (neutralization, precipitation of metals, reduction, etc.), stabilization of metal-bearing solids, and rotary kiln incineration are the methods most frequently employed for final disposal of wastes generated by Indiana University.

Environmental Health and Safety underwrites all of the costs for disposal of the hazardous wastes generated by academic units on campus. These costs can range from $0.79 per pound up to $25.00 per pound for different substances. Disposing of the hazardous waste generated at IUB for one year costs approximately $100,000.

How do I package and label my waste?

The first reference you should use is the Hazardous Waste Management Guide, available on the web and in hardcopy from this office by calling 855-6311. A copy of this guide should be available in every laboratory, usually kept in the back of your Laboratory Chemical Safety Plan. This guide gives general information on packaging and labeling of all hazardous waste, and some special instructions on specific waste types.

Other sources of information are the Waste Collection Schedule, and the back of Hazardous Chemical Waste Tags.

If these fail to answer all of your questions, contact EHS at 855-6311.

How do I get rid of my waste?

Most hazardous waste generated on campus should be turned over to EHS for disposal. For those located in the Chemistry Building, bring the waste to the next Open House. For all others, please fill out the web based Hazardous Waste Pickup Request Form.

Waste is removed from the majority of campus on Friday mornings. Waste is removed from laboratories in Jordan Hall and Myers Hall every other Thursday, beginning at 2:00. See the current Waste Collection Schedule for other pickup information.

What is hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is a material offered for disposal that either exhibits a characteristic of hazardous waste or is included in one of four regulatory lists of hazardous waste. The characteristics of hazardous waste are ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity and toxicity.

The lists of hazardous wastes include two compound-specific lists (which are separated by their degree of toxicity), one list of wastes generated by specific processes (primarily industrial), and one list of wastes from non-specific sources.

Detailed information to help you determine whether waste that you have generated is hazardous may be found in sections 5.0 and 6.0 of the Hazardous Waste Management Guide.

Please remember that some wastes that are not hazardous (used oil, antifreeze, latex paint, etc.) require special management techniques and generators of these wastes should contact EHS at 855-6311 for guidance.

What is an Open House Bulletin?

The Waste Collection Schedule is our way of communicating to hazardous waste generators each semester about our hours of operation for waste pick-ups on campus. The Bulletin also has directions for preparing your waste for acceptance. Make sure to follow these directions!

If my waste is not hazardous, can it go into the trash or down the drain?

There are many grades of waste. The Hazardous Waste Management Guide provides guidance for deciding into which category your waste fits. If in doubt, feel free to e-mail us, or just bring the waste to an Open House and we'll decide.

Appendix D of the Hazardous Waste Management Guide lists chemicals that may be disposed of in the trash. Most of these are non-toxic salts.

No liquid waste should go into a trash container no matter how non-toxic. The Guide also discusses guidelines for when you can discharge chemicals to the sanitary sewer. This is very infrequently done as our sewer guidelines are restrictive. Once again, if in doubt please contact EHS at 855-6311.

What are CCIs?

Chemically Contaminated Items (CCIs) are non-hazardous solids (such as paper towels, glassware, plastic, bench top coverings, etc.) that are nonreactive, nonignitable, noninfectious, nonradioactive and the contaminant is not highly toxic. These are nonhazardous and may go into the normal trash. However, if you feel that this is not an appropriate disposal route due to stench or other concerns, see the Hazardous Waste Management Guide for disposal instructions.

All PCB contaminated labware at greater than 50 ppm must be packaged separately and given to EHS for disposal.