In addition to everyday office waste, the university also generates hazardous waste in laboratories and other areas on campus. Hazardous waste is characterized by being flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic. Common types of hazardous waste generated on the Texas Tech campus include:
- Biohazardous waste
- Radioactive waste
- Waste oils and lubricants
- PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) materials
- Gas cylinders (non-returnable)
- Empty containers that have held hazardous materials
While the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) at Texas Tech is responsible for collecting and safely disposing of hazardous waste on campus, it is the responsibility of the lab or other area generating waste to correctly store, label and maintain waste until EH&S can make collections. Waste handling requirements are outlined in the university’s Chemical Hygiene Plan.
All waste must be disposed of before 90 days, or when containers are three-quarters full, whichever happens first.
Environmental compliance regulations require that the university adhere to certain guidelines regarding hazardous waste disposal. As such, EH&S will inventory, identify and track hazardous waste generated at the university.
To comply with these regulations, EH&S provides specific labels and manifest forms for chemical and biological waste. Hazardous wastes are picked up by EH&S personnel upon request. Prior to requesting a pick-up, the waste generator must label all bottles and containers with the orange hazardous waste labels and complete the Hazardous Waste Disposal Pickup Request Form listing what is to be disposed.
For more information on hazardous waste and proper disposal procedures, contact EH&S at (806) 742-3876.
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This information is not exhaustive and should not be construed as containing all the necessary compliance, safety, or warning information available. Please make sure you consult with EH&S or appropriate supervisors for all safety information and procedures.