SEC-005: Hazardous (Chemical) Waste Collection and Disposal

Date: 05/27/2005 Status: Final
Last Revised: 02/25/2014
Policy Type: University
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To: Academic Division and the Medical Center.
Reason for Policy:

To ensure the proper collection and disposal of all hazardous waste generated at the University of Virginia in accordance with all State and Federal regulations.

Definition of Terms in Statement:
  • Hazardous (Chemical) Waste:

    According to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, any waste or combination of wastes which pose a substantial, present or potential, hazard to human health or living organisms because such wastes are non degradable or persistent in nature or because they can be biologically magnified, or because they can be lethal, or because they may otherwise cause or tend to cause detrimental cumulative effects.

    Hazardous (Chemical) Waste at the University of Virginia may include but is not limited to the following:

    1. Out of date chemicals.
    2. Waste from laboratory processes.
    3. Waste from maintenance processes.
    4. Waste from landscaping and turf management processes (e.g. fertilizers and pesticides).
    5. Waste from construction processes.
    6. Spent batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts.
Policy Statement:

All Hazardous Waste must be reported to EHS to ensure proper handling and disposal. Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) manages all aspects of Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal at UVA. EHS is available to assist UVA Departments/Laboratories with questions, concerns and compliance issues regarding Hazardous Waste regulations. If a Department/Laboratory is unsure about whether a waste is a Hazardous Waste, EHS must be contacted to provide assistance with the classification and proper handling of the waste. All persons generating and/or collecting Hazardous Waste must receive training from EHS, refer to policy SEC-003, Chemical Safety & Waste Training .

  1. Available Resources:
    To assist faculty, staff and students, EHS provides the following:
  1. Guidance in the classification of waste, and the proper handling and storage of Hazardous Waste.
  2. Containers for Hazardous Waste collection.
  3. Labels for Hazardous Waste containers.
  4. Pick-up of Hazardous Waste containers.

Chemical Waste Collection
Online Hazardous Waste Pickup Request Form
Hazardous Waste Collection Guidelines For Non-Lab Areas

Related Information:

SEC-003, Chemical Safety & Waste Training
SEC-004, Disposal of Regulated (Hazardouse) Materials
SEC-019, University Health & Safety Program

Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Approved by, Date: Policy Review Committee, 05/27/2005
Revision History: Updated 2/25/14.
Supersedes (previous policy):
Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal XIV.Q.1