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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) - Hazardous Waste

Contact information

  1. I have some chemical waste ready for pickup. What do I do?
  2. Where can I learn more about WASTe?
  3. How much does it cost to get rid of my stuff?
  4. What do I do with my empty containers?
  5. What type of containers can I use for my waste?
  6. How do I fill out a hazardous waste label?
  7. What Hazard Class should I check off for my chemical waste if it does not fall under any of the given classes?
  8. Do I really need a plastic envelope for my hazardous waste label?
  9. Can I dump my waste down the drain?
  10. Do you supply waste containers?
  11. Help!! The CUPA inspectors coming! Please come get all my waste!!!
  12. How do I package and dispose of pipette tips and other sharps.
  13. Do you pickup biological and biohazardous waste?
  14. Is there an online resource that summarizes the generator requirements for radioactive waste?
  15. How do I request a pickup?
  16. I need some tags/boxes/carboys?
  17. Where do I get clear, 4 ml thickness liners for my dry waste boxes?
  18. What is the campus delivery address for Radioactive Material?
  19. Where’s my package?
  20. My package is at your facility. Why won’t you deliver it?
  21. Can I have radioactive material delivered directly to my lab or department?
  22. How do I dispose of Controlled Substances?
  23. What is the cost for Controlled Substance Disposal?
  24. Where can I dispose batteries

I have some chemical waste ready for pickup. What do I do?

You can create labels and request pick up using the WASTe (Waste Accumulation Storage Tracking electronically) system found here: ehs.ucop.edu/waste. If you need access to the WASTe system, you may request it by contacting the campus Waste Administrator at hazwaste@ucdavis.edu
We will respond within 5 business days. Additional information available on Safety Net #8 Guidelines for the Disposal of Chemical Waste

Where can I learn more about WASTe?

Visit the WASTe page for information about WASTe (Waste Accumulation Storage Tracking electronically), including how-to videos.

How much does it cost to get rid of my stuff?

What do I do with my empty containers?

Our empty container policy is found here: Safety Net #124 Empty Container Management

What type of containers can I use for my waste?

Liquids need to go in a chemically compatible glass or plastic container with a leak-proof lid.
Please leave 1” of head space. Solids need to go in a sealed/closed container or in a double bagged in clear sealed bags. Sharps must be placed in puncture proof containers.

How do I fill out a hazardous waste label?

What Hazard Class should I check off for my chemical waste if it does not fall under any of the given classes?

If your waste does not fit any of the given Hazard Classes, you should check off “Toxic” since it is a required field for WASTe. You may also further elaborate on your waste in the Comments section of the waste tag.

Do I really need a plastic envelope for my hazardous waste label?

No, UCD does not require the hazardous waste label to be placed in a plastic envelope. Because WASTe is a UC-wide program, that language is on the label for certain locations that require them. At UCD, taping the hazardous waste label to the container is adequate, provided that the barcodes and waste information are not obstructed.

Can I dump my waste down the drain?

The campus drain disposal policy is available at our Wastewater Treatment Plant website. The “Sewer Disposal Flow Chart”, “Sewer Disposal Policy” and “Numerical Local Limits” links are very helpful. You can also either contact the WWTP or EH&S Hazardous Waste group for assistance.

Do you supply waste containers?

Yes. 2.5 gallon poly carboys, and with special arrangement, 5, 15 and 55 gallon drums. We do not supply 1 gallon bottles. You may be able to get some from other labs in your building.

Help!! The CUPA inspectors coming! Please come get all my waste!!!

You don’t need to remove all your waste. They expect to see some. It just needs to be stored and labeled properly. See SafetyNet #120 Preparing for a CUPA Inspection for everything you need to know.

How do I package and dispose of pipette tips and other sharps.

Do you pickup biological and biohazardous waste?

Yes but there are often other less expensive options. See SafetyNet #3 - Guidelines for Disposal of Sharps, Biological, and Medical Waste for more information.

Is there an online resource that summarizes the generator requirements for radioactive waste?

How do I request a pickup?

To request a pickup use the WASTe application at ehs.ucop.edu/waste
We will respond within 5 business days.

I need some tags/boxes/carboys?

Send an email to hazwaste@ucdavis.edu or use the WASTe application to make a request, or ask for replacement containers. Enter the request in the Comments section of the pickup request when submitting waste for disposal.

Where do I get clear, 4 ml thickness liners for my dry waste boxes?

UCD Buy http://ucdbuy.ucdavis.edu/mm/catalog.cfm Catalog # 89121-146

What is the campus delivery address for Radioactive Material?

UC Davis Environmental Services Facility
2201 Environmental Services Lane
Davis, CA 95616
Attn: (Your RUA Number*)
*It is essential the ordering RUA number is include in the address.  This address is also used for Center for Neuroscience deliveries.

Where’s my package?

We attempt to get your material to you by 2 pm the same day it arrives at our facility. If you haven’t received anything by that time, first contact the supplier to verify the material was delivered to the Environmental Services Facility. If it has arrived here, please contact the Health Physics Lab at 754-4879 for more information.

My package is at your facility. Why won’t you deliver it?

1) We have no idea who it belongs to. If there is no identifying information on the package, we can’t identify who ordered it. This is why it is imperative your RUA number and PI Name are on the package and/or packing slip.
2) Your RUA doesn’t allow you to have a) that isotope, b) that amount of an allowed isotope, c) that chemical form of an allowed isotope. If you are changing your protocol or type of material you are using, make sure your RUA is amended.
3) You haven’t submitted your quarterly radioactive material inventory.

Can I have radioactive material delivered directly to my lab or department?

Normally no, but it is allowed in very limited cases. Contact the campus Radioactive Safety Officer for more information.

How do I dispose of Controlled Substances?

What is the cost for Controlled Substance Disposal?

There is no cost for Controlled Substance Disposal at the present time.

Where can I dispose batteries

EH&S and the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program have teamed up to bring to the campus a new dry-cell battery recycling program. More info is at - safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/article/battery-recycling-program

Dry-cell batteries (such as rechargeable and non-rechargeable flashlight, camera, computer, or hearing aid batteries) can create environmental problems such as soil or groundwater contamination when disposed in your trash which ends up at the landfill. By recycling these batteries, we can protect the environment, reduce the risk of personal injury, and reuse precious resources.

Wet-cell batteries typically contain lead and sulfuric acid.  These batteries can also present a health risk and cause environmental problems when managed improperly.  These types of batteries are considered Hazardous Waste and must be managed separately from household types of batteries.  Please arrange disposal of all wet-cell batteries through EH&S.