Environmental, Health and Safety Services

How do I get my chemical waste picked up?

All chemical waste must be disposed of through Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), according to the following procedures.

To request chemical waste pick up, a University Hazardous Waste Label must be filled out for each waste container Instructions for properly completing the label are listed below. The white copy of the University Hazardous Waste Label is attached to the waste container and the other two copies are mailed to EHS (mail code 0423).

If you are in the Department of Chemistry, drop off your completed University Hazardous Waste Labels in the mail box near Hahn Hall Chemical Stockroom.  Chemical waste pick ups are scheduled twice a week for the Department of Chemistry (Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning).


Container And Storage Requirements

  1. Chemicals must be placed in sealed containers that show no signs of leakage. Bottles with broken caps or stoppers will not be collected. Waste containers will not be returned to the generators unless arrangements have been made with this department prior to the pick-up.
  2. Containers should be full, but not overflowing (3-4 inches below cap).
  3. Waste must be stored according to chemical compatibility in proper storage cabinets.
  4. The Maximum Container Size is:
  • Liquids = 5 gallons, Solids = 50 pounds
  • Unknown Waste: Liquids = 1 gallon, Solids = 8 pounds.


Waste Label Requirements

  1. All chemical waste must be labeled with a University Hazardous Waste Label.  These labels can be obtained by emailing EHS at kosborne@vt.edu or ehsswastegoon-resc
  2. All information requested on the waste label must be properly completed (see example below). Improperly completed labels will be returned.
  3. Each label must have:

     * Department from which the waste was produced

     * Building and Room number where the waste is located. If this is a locked room or cabinet, someone must provide access to EHS personnel during normal working hours (8am-5pm, M-F)

      * Name of the Principal Investigator (PI)

      * Contact phone number (submittor or PI)

      * Waste container size and waste volume (use only the units listed on the form (Lb.,g.,Gal.,L.,mL)

      * Use proper chemical names for the components of the waste


       * List the percentages of ALL components in the waste

       * Measure the pH of all aqueous phases

       * Write and sign your name at the bottom of the form