Disposal of Waste

What is a hazardous waste?
  • Unwanted, expired or waste chemicals and experiment/testing residues from lab operations
  • Spent solvents, paints, pigments, etching acids, photo and x-ray developing and fixing solutions
  • Any discarded, abandoned or unwanted material that exhibits a hazardous characteristic or is listed as a hazardous waste in the regulations
To dispose of your hazardous waste you must first take the CS055: Hazardous Waste Handling & Packing training course. This will allow you to complete the on-line Hazardous Waste Manifest which is required before your waste can be picked up by OHS Support Facility staff.If you have any questions regarding hazardous waste disposal, contact the OH&S Support Facility at 934-3797.
Collected from labs and hospitals and shipped to commercial medical waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities.
  • Regular garbage (food, packaging, etc..)
    • Placed in trash cans and dumpsters around campus. Goes to local MSW landfills
  • Plastic, cardboard, white paper, aluminum cans
    • Placed in special recycling containers around campus or taken directly to the UAB Recycling Center. Material is sorted and compressed and sent to a local recycling center.
  • Used Oil
    • Sent to a recycler where it is blended as a fuel for use in industrial furnaces. Sometimes it can be re-refined back into lubrication oil.
  • Kitchen Grease
    • Sent to commercial facility for recycling into livestock feed or biodiesel
What is radioactive waste?
  • Low-level waste includes items that have become contaminated with radioactive material or have become radioactive through exposure to neutron radiation. This waste typically consists of contaminated protective shoe covers and clothing, paper, plastic bags, cardboard, wiping rags, mops, filters, reactor water treatment residues, equipments and tools, luminous dials, medical tubes, swabs, injection needles, and syringes. See the U.S. NRC website.
To dispose of your radioactive waste you must first successfully complete the RS1003: Radiation Safety Initial Training Sessions and the associated practicum and CS055: Hazardous Waste Handling & Packing training course. This will allow you to complete the on-line Radioactive Waste Manifest which is required before your waste can be processed and picked up by OH&S Support Facility staff.If you need any more information regarding Radioactive materials waste regulation please refer to the UAB Radiation Safety Procedures Manual.If you have any questions regarding hazardous waste disposal, contact the OH&S Support Facility at 934-3797.
Universal waste is a subset of hazardous waste that is generated in large quantities on UAB campus and follows different management regulations. Universal waste on UAB campus includes:
  1. Used fluorescent lamps
  2. Used Batteries; Lithium, NiCad and lead acid containing batteries
  3. Ballasts
Containers of universal waste must be stored in a secure area and must be labeled properly. Check course OHS-CS056 Handling, Storing, Packing, and Manifesting Universal Waste for more information on the proper management and handling of universal waste.An outside contractor, AERC, picks up universal waste on UAB campus. To schedule a waste pick up call OH&S Support Facility at 934-3797.
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