Environmental Health and Safety

Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal

Wastes that present a physical or health hazard to people or the environment must be managed and disposed of in accordance with the regulations and guidelines established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Hazardous and Regulated Waste Procedures Manual provides guidance to all CNU personnel for safely handling, labeling, storage and disposal of all chemical, hazardous, universal and regulated waste.

Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal documents are available via Google Drive. You must be logged into your CNU email account in order to access the Google Drive folders linked below.

All forms listed below should be sent to EHS@cnu.edu or to Forbes Hall Room 2068.

Hazardous (chemical) waste

  • Apply a hazardous waste label to each container of hazardous chemical waste.
  • Itemize your containers on the Hazardous & Regulated Waste Disposal Request.

Infectious Waste

  • Please review the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s – Does this go in the red bag?
  • Collect contaminated sharps items in leak-proof and sealed sharps containers that are labeled with the biohazard symbol.
  • Itemize your containers on the Hazardous & Regulated Waste Disposal Request.

Universal waste

  • Apply the universal waste label to each container of fluorescent bulbs, metal halide bulbs or mercury devices. Removal of rechargeable batteries and lead-acid batteries should be coordinated through the CNU Warehouse.
  • Itemize your containers on the Universal Waste Removal Request Form.

  • Determine if you can reuse or recycle this waste in your laboratory. If so, there is no need to dispose of the material through EHS.
  • If you have unopened or uncontaminated containers in a usable form, you should attempt to find another user. This will avoid the cost of disposal, the environmental impact of disposal, and needless cost to another user incurred through the purchase of new chemicals.
  • Separate solids and liquids. All liquids must be free of solid material and or sludge to facilitate consolidation, recycling and proper disposal. If solids cannot be separated from liquids, the identification and quantity of the solid component must be listed on the Hazardous Waste Disposal Request form. Every effort should be made to separate solids and liquids.
  • Consolidate similar wastes. Effort should be made by the waste generator to consolidate same-type waste into as few containers as possible.
  • Properly package the waste. Make sure containers are compatible with the material inside and if not, perform a transfer to a new container. Containers must be leak free, have a tight cap and be clean on the outside. Stoppers and corks are not suitable. Containers should be no more than 90% full to avoid spills.
  • Label all hazardous waste containers with the hazardous waste labels. Information on the labels must agree with the information on the Hazardous Waste Disposal Request form.
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