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A.  Disposing of Waste Chemicals

Chemical waste disposal is a costly problem.  Every effort must be made to safely and legally handle this process.  The responsibility for identifying and assuring the proper handling of waste lies with each person generating the waste, the Laboratory Director, and lastly the Chemical Hygiene Officer.

  1. The Laboratory Director must plan for waste disposal before starting any project.
  2. Waste must be labeled promptly and properly.  It must be labeled with the words “Hazardous Waste”, and must have the specific contents listed. (ex. Toluene, ethyl acetate)
  3. DO NOT mix chemical wastes.
  4. Priorities for limiting of excess chemicals are:
    a.  reduce
    b.  reuse
    c.  recycle
    d.  reclaim
    e.  treat
    f.  destroy
    g. dispose
  5. Limit the amount of chemicals ordered to the amount needed.
  6. Whenever possible, reuse the chemicals on hand.
  7. Reclaim used chemicals by distilling or precipitation.
  8. Consider forms of treatment, such as precipitation to reduce waste volume.
  9. Contact Chemical Hygiene Officer at x6964 to arrange for disposal of all surplus chemicals and chemical waste.

Appendix L provides details on SUNY ESF Chemical Waste Management, and illustrates the form that is to be completed and submitted for surplus/waste chemical pickup.