Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Collection For Satellite Accumulation Areas

For EHS to collect your chemical waste, follow these procedures:

  1. Select a sturdy container that has not been damaged and has a non-leaking closure. The container must be of a material which is compatible with the waste. Ensure that liquids containers have sufficient head-space to allow for expansion by placing a "Full" mark on the container at no greater than the ¾ full level. Solid materials, such as contaminated paper or gloves, can be placed in plastic bags of at least four mil thickness as long as they can be closed. EHS can assist you with any questions about containers.
  2. Immediately label the empty container. As each bit is added to the container, write the chemical constituents and a concentration, percentage, weight, or some other indication of each constituent's approximate amount. The label should also identify the waste generator and list your building and room number.
  3. Keep the container closed at all times except when putting waste into it.
  4. If the volume of waste at the satellite accumulation area reaches 55 gallons of hazardous waste, or 1 quart of acute hazardous waste, date the waste container at that time and immediately contact EHS for disposal. The waste must be removed from the Satellite Accumulation Area within three days of that date.
  5. Store all chemical waste in accordance with the Chemical Storage Program in the EHS Manual (Section 4.03).

Check the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manual for additional information on chemical waste.

Refer to the following programs for specific information and guidance:

  • 4.02 Chemical Spill Response Program
  • 4.03 Chemical Storage Program
  • 4.05 Hazard Communication Program
  • 4.07 Hazardous Chemical Waste Program

Federal Regulations Applicable to Satellite Hazardous Waste Accumulation Areas

Handling hazardous chemical waste is dictated by federal regulations according to Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as enforced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New Mexico Environment Department. Failure to follow the regulations can result in fines to you or your organizational unit. In cases where there is an injury to people or damage to the environment for failure to follow the regulations, the guilty party can be charged with criminal penalties. The requirements stated above are found in the following sections of 40 CFR as follows:

  • Parts 265.171 and 265.172
  • Part 262.34 (c)(1)(ii)
  • Part 265.173(a)
  • Part 262.34 (c)(2)
  • Part 265.177(c)

Request for Pick-up of Hazardous Waste and Excess Chemicals

Before requesting a hazardous waste pick-up, please make sure that:

All containers are labeled as soon as they contain any hazardous waste. Label your container using our blank Hazardous Waste Editable Label, or you may create your own as long as it has the following required information:

  1. The words "HAZARDOUS WASTE"
  2. Print on the label your name, phone number, your Building Name and Room Number
  3. Chemicals (for example, formaldehyde and water) and percent
  4. The hazardous property (toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive) of the chemicals.

Please Note:

  • Be sure all containers are labeled correctly
  • The label is completely filled out, including Generated by, Telephone, COMPLETE CHEMICAL NAMES, Concentration Amounts, and appropriate Hazard properties identified (checked).
  • Containers are stored in secondary containment (if necessary)
  • Containers are segregated according to compatibility
  • Containers are closed and in good condition 

Use the EHS Online Hazardous Material Disposal Request Form to request a waste pick up.

  • Print the Hazardous Material Disposal Request Form and place it with the waste. (Please email Chemical Safety if you experience any issues opening any of the forms)
  • Send a copy of the completed form by email (preferred) to EHS at CHEMSAFETY-L@list.unm.edu or fax the form to 7-9006.

You will receive an e-mail or call from our Hazardous Materials Specialist to schedule the waste pick-up.

More information: If you have questions related to Hazardous Waste and Excess Chemicals disposal please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 277-2753