Chemical Waste

Waste storage containers must be made of a material that is compatible with the waste stream and made to serve for the intended purpose. Empty food/drink containers are not acceptable for storing chemical waste. Incompatible wastes should always be accumulated in separate waste storage containers. Federal and State regulations require that all chemical hazardous waste containers be accurately identified. All containers containing hazardous waste must be tagged with a University of Maryland Hazardous Waste Tag as soon as the hazardous waste is placed in the container and the tag modified when waste is added so that it accurately reflects the contents of the container.

The hazardous waste tag must list the chemical constituents (written out in standard English nomenclature) with their corresponding constituent percentages. At least one waste characteristic must be checked and the accumulation start date must be listed on the tag. The EHS Unit will not remove hazardous waste without an attached filled out hazardous waste tag. Blank tags may be requested by contacting the EHS Unit.

USG faculty, staff, and students who have chemical hazardous waste management responsibilities on campus must take Hazardous Waste Generator Training annually through the BioRAFT safety management platform. If you do not have an account on BioRAFT contact EHS and we will set one up for you.

The EHS Unit manages pickup, accumulation, and disposal of chemical hazardous wastes through a waste disposal vendor. If you have chemical hazardous waste that is ready for pickup contact EHS.