THE STORAGE of hazardous materials must be in compliance with federal and state regulations. Your methods of handling waste are subject to unannounced inspections by state regulatory inspectors.

  • All containers need to have a label at all time indicating contents. For waste materials, this could be a simple label such as "WASTE SOLVENT" or "USED ACETONE".
  • Put the label on thecontainer BEFORE ADDING WASTE.
  • All containers need a lid at all times when not actively adding or removing waste. Evaporation in a hood is not a legal disposal method. Funnels do not count as lids.
  • Secondary containment is advised for liquid containers.
  • Storage limits and locations are the same for waste as for new materials. For example, storage of flammable liquids in excess of 10 gallons requires a flammable liquid storage cabinet. Glass bottles may not be stored on the floor because they can easily be broken by accidental kicking.


CONTACT Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S, 7-2273) for the disposal of:

  • aerosol cans
  • asbestos
  • batteries
  • biohazards and sharps
  • chemical waste
  • pump oil
  • paint (unused or partially used)
  • radioactive waste
  • radioactive fire alarms
  • all other nuclear (not unclear) material

CONTACT Property Administration (7-3102) for the disposal of

  • empty rinsed recyclable glass