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2015 Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collection

2015 household hazardous waste graphic
Some materials collected in 2014
As part of UAB's Earth Week celebration, we are partnering with One Stop Environmental and Technical Knock Out to put on a Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collection at the UAB Recycling Center located at 620 11th St. South.

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are common materials found in the home (cleaners, solvents, paint) that would be classified and regulated as hazardous waste if generated by industries (or colleges, hospitals and research labs). However, HHW is not subject to the same stringent rules as regular hazardous waste and much of it is improperly disposed of or allowed to build up to dangerous levels in homes.

UAB's collection event will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm. It is open only to UAB students, faculty and staff so bring your ID along with your waste. Take this opportunity to rid your home of these dangerous items.


Spring Has Sprung!

Get Ready for Some of America's Wildest Weather

nws weather safety spring thumbnailSpring has finally arrived and with it, spring storms. Alabama can have some of the more violent spring storms in the country. In fact, recent data from the National Weather Service (NWS) indicates that the region of the state served by the local NWS office is second behind a region in Mississippi for tornado warnings. That includes areas in the Midwest!

The key to staying safe is preparation. Know what your risk is and know what kind of action you need to take when a watch or warning is issued. The NWS has prepared an excellent resource for increasing your knowledge and tools to help you stay safe.

No Eating in Labs

fast food menu 200x199In order to comply with requirements set forth by state and federal regulatory bodies and accrediting agencies and reduce the potential for occupational exposure to hazardous biological, radioactive, and chemical agents in the course of laboratory operations, please follow the following laboratory best practices:

No Eating in Labs Announcement