Environmental Health and Safety

Waste Management

VIII. Special Waste Categories

A. Paints

Paints are considered hazardous waste unless they are dry. If residual paint material in a can has solidified put the can into the regular trash providing that the lid to the can is removed. Otherwise, the waste paints should go through the hazardous waste process.

B. Batteries

Properly maintain and store batteries to provide the longest life. Follow all charging and discharging instructions for rechargeable batteries to maximize the useful life. Purchase and use solar powered equipment or rechargeable batteries whenever feasible. Turn off battery powered equipment and lights when not in use.

Used batteries may not go in the common trash. EHS staff will properly recycle batteries when you:

  • Place them in the EHS mailbox in Eliot
  • Put them in an Interdepartmental Delivery envelope and send to EHS
  • Bring them to Chemistry Room 211

C. Biohazardous Waste

Biohazardous waste, covered under the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan, must be packaged in red plastic bags that are tied shut, then placed in approved boxes, taped, and conspicuously labeled as a biohazard. The generator must provide name, phone number, date, and department information.

D. Syringe Needles

Package all syringe needles, even if not used for biohazardous operations, in special red plastic biohazard containers, called sharps containers. The generator must provide name, phone number, date, and department information.

E. Animal Carcasses

No animal carcasses, including shellfish, are allowed in the regular trash. Freeze all animal carcasses and place in a red biohazard bag. Place in the freezer in these to Chemistry 211. EHS will box and label these with a yellow "incinerate only" label.

F. Broken Glass

Place all broken glass and glassware from laboratories in special cardboard boxes with plastic liners. Custodial staff will then dispose of the containers in the regular trash. This process will help protect custodians and other waste handlers from injury.

G. Radioactive Wastes

Radioactive Wastes are not included in this program. The Reed College Radioactive Materials Policy and Procedures Manual provides this information.

H. Unknown Waste Chemicals

Unknown waste cannot be accepted for disposal. Disposal contractors cannot accept or ship unknown waste. Each department must identify all chemicals and this may require polling laboratory personnel, students, and faculty members to ascertain the identity of the waste. Ultimately, an unknown may require the services of an analytical laboratory to analyze the waste. Because of the costs of time and services, be sure to emphasized that all personnel and students identify and label all wastes and project products with a chemical name and hazard class.

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