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
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.
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:
- Used fluorescent lamps
- Used Batteries; Lithium, NiCad and lead acid containing batteries