Hazardous Waste Management

A hazardous waste is a waste (expired, outdated, contaminated, or unwanted item) with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment.  Hazardous wastes can be solids, liquids, or contained gases.  Typical hazardous wastes include:

  • Cleaning fluids or solvents
  • "Empty" hazardous material containers
  • Expired or unwanted chemicals
  • Hazardous material spills & clean-up materials (absorbent, paper towels, gloves, etc.)
  • "Lab Trash"
  • Pesticides
  • Used chemicals (chemicals from experiments)
  • Used oil
  • Waste paints, enamels, paint thinners

The individual generating the waste (e.g., Principal Investigator, Lab Manager, Maintenance Mechanic, Electrician) is responsible for managing the waste appropriately, in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and campus policy.  

Hazardous Waste Management Procedure

Universal Waste

Universal Waste is a subset of hazardous waste.  Universal wastes include fluorescent lamps, batteries, electronic devices (e-Waste), mercury-containing devices (such as gauges & thermometers), and non-empty aerosol cans.  Universal wastes may never be thrown in the trash.  See the section on Universal Waste for more detailed information.

Additional Information:

 - Courtesy of SFSU, College of Science and Engineering (C.O.S.E.)


Contact Marsha Elliott
Environmental Compliance Manager, EHS
Cell:  (925) 922-0391
E-Mail:  marshae@sfsu.edu