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Policy: Hazardous (Chemical) Waste Collection and Disposal 

Date: 05/27/05 Policy ID: SEC-005 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
Contact Office: Environmental Health and Safety
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To: Academic Division and the Medical Center.
Table of Contents: 

Policy Statement
Available Resources

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.

Policy Summary: 
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 Out of date chemicals.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 the policy on Chemical Safety and Waste Training.

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: 

University Health and Safety Program
Chemical Safety and Waste Training
Disposal of Regulated (Hazardous) Materials


Policy Background: 
Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 05/27/17
Approved By, Date: Policy Review Committee, 05/27/05
Revision History: Updated 2/25/14.
Supersedes (previous policy):  Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal XIV.Q.1