Waste Collection

All regulated medical and chemical wastes generated in University laboratories and other facilities must be disposed of in accordance to the guidelines and regulations mandated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

For definitions of these hazardous wastes, please see the Hazardous Waste Management and Spill Response Handout (in Adobe PDF format)


  • RMW must be packaged in a red bag, placed in a cardboard box, sealed with tape, labeled with the name of the lab and brought to one of the collection areas listed below.
  • Chemical waste that is packaged in clean, sealed and labeled containers will also be accepted at the collection sites listed below. Manifests and labels must be completed before wastes are brought to the collection site. Please call Environmental Health & Safety to schedule lab clean-outs or for the removal of wastes that need special handling.
  • Don't pour chemicals down the sink or discard with trash.
  • Store waste chemicals only in compatible containers. Keep containers closed.
  • Attach properly completed hazardous waste labels with date.
  • Store containers in a secure area with secondary containment.
  • Hazardous waste training is required for all persons handling waste.
  • Inspect storage areas weekly.
  • Civil and criminal penalties of up to $37,500 per violation, per day and/or up to 5 years in prison for environmental crimes.

Hazardous Waste Collection Calendar

Location Day of month Time
Grad Physics (Physics) at the loading dock First Tuesday 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Earth & Space Sciences (ESS) at the loading dock Second Tuesday 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Incubator (LIHTI) at the side door Third Monday 1:15PM - 1:45PM
Engineering (ENG) at Material Sciences dock Fourth Tuesday 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Life Sciences Building (LSB) at the loading dock Every Tuesday 1:00PM - 1:30PM
Grad Chemistry (GC) at the loading dock Every Wednesday 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Health Science Center (HSC) by the freight elevator First Thursday
17th Floor
1:15PM - 1:45PM

15th Floor
2:00PM - 2:30PM
Basic Science Tower (BST) Second Thursday
7th Floor
1:15PM - 1:45PM
by the freight elevator

1st Floor
2:00PM - 2:30PM
near DLAR lobby
Psychology A (Psych A) at the loading dock Third Thursday 1:00PM - 1:30PM
(you must first call EH&S at (631) 632-3739 to schedule a pickup.)
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) (Dana Hall & Challenger) Fourth Thursday 10:00AM - 10:30AM
at the Dana Formalin Transfer Room

10:45AM - 11:15AM
Challenger South East Exit Door (Near Room 123)