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Chemical Hazardous Waste

Defining Chemical Hazardous Waste

A material is a hazardous waste if due to its quantity, concentration, physical, and chemical, or infectious characteristics it possesses a substantial present or potential hazard to human health and the environment and has no known use.

Preparing Hazardous Waste for Disposal Pick Up

Request for Waste Pick Up

Reqest a hazardous waste pick up:

Clean Harbors collects hazardous waste  every day. Therefore, hazardous waste should never be stored for more than a day.

What CAN be put down the Drain

All wastes generated at West Virginia University must be properly disposed. All bio-hazardous waste must be managed in accordance with the West Virginia University Office of Research Integrity & Compliance, the Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBC) Guidelines and in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local Regulations.  At a minimum, bio-hazardous wastes shall be disinfected or sterilized to ensure that the waste presents no biological harm to others or the environment before leaving the premises. The responsibility for identification, segregation and handling of waste rests with the generator of the waste.  The document  Waste Tissue Culture Waste Determination regarding disposal of tissue culture waste spells out disposal guidance. Nothing other than water can go down the drains on campus unless a full written hazard assessment has been completed by the researcher or Environmental Health and Safety.

What NOT to Put Down the Drain

There are many restrictions and regulations on how to depose of chemicals in your laboratory. The West Virginia Environmental Protection Agency (WVEPA) and Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) both have strict regulations as to what can and cannot be poured down the drain.

Along with MUB, the HSC monitors the water discharge from ALL buildings located at the Health Sciences Campus. It is important to follow all MSDS for disposal procedures, since the chemical may interfere with the waste water treatment process, creating a release of polluted water into the Monongahela River. Moreover, pouring anything down the drains outside any building is not allowed. These drains are connected to the storm water system, which drains directly into the Monongahela River.

The following are six main categories of chemicals that cannot be disposed of down the drain. They are as follows:

Disposal of Empty Chemical Containers

Just as there are restrictions on what can go down laboratory sinks, there are restrictions on what chemicals can on in the trash. When deposing of empty containers follow the proceeding steps:

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