Hazardous Waste is defined as chemical material that can no longer be used for its intended purpose and is known to be harmful or potentially harmful to human health or to the environment. There are two ways that hazardous waste is generated.
The EPA has several lists of specific chemicals it considers hazardous, but in general hazardous chemical waste will have one or more of the following characteristics.
Ignitability (flammable solvents, oxidizers, aerosol cans)
Corrosivity (Acids and bases)
Reactive (cyanides, sulfides, explosives)
Toxics (chloroform, heavy metal compounds, chlorinated solvents)
Examples of items that are disposed of as Hazardous Chemical waste:
Please refer to the Labeling/Satellite Accumulation Areas page for instructions on labeling Hazardous Waste.
Non-Hazardous Waste is regulated under the Kansas solid waste regulations. It must be managed and disposed of properly. Non-hazardous waste includes:
Used oil (managed through the Environment, Health and Safety Office)
Medical wastes (picked up by University Housekeeping and managed through the Environment, Health and Safety Office)
Construction/demolition waste (managed through construction projects)
Examples of items that are disposed of as Non-Hazardous waste:
Note: Non-Hazardous waste that is not regulated.
University Housekeeping may pick up broken glass boxes filled with non-contaminated glass. Only fill boxes half full so they can be closed properly.
If you have any questions about whether your chemical waste is hazardous or non-hazardous, please contact the EHS office.