Hazardous Waste

Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety (RMEHS) collects and disposes the hazardous waste generated by operations at the Central Michigan University (CMU).  In order to maintain compliance with strict federal and state regulations, waste generators must follow the RMEHS-designed protocols for proper disposal of chemical waste.  Following the protocols for managing hazardous waste reduces costs, ensures regulatory compliance, maintains a safe workplace, and protects the environment.

Contact RMEHS at (989) 774-7398 or email environmental@cmich.edu for questions about, or assistance with, these protocols or for consultation about any special waste streams anticipated from your activity.

General Guidelines for Managing Chemical Waste

  • Always employ waste minimization techniques – use only the volume of chemical necessary for the operation being performed and do not order more than is necessary.
  • Affix the HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINER LABEL to the waste container prior to adding any waste to it and be sure to mark the date the first drop of waste is added to the container.
  • Hazardous waste must be collected by RMEHS no later than 60 days after the first date of waste accumulation – this allows movement off-site for proper disposal within the 90-day regulatory time frame.
  • Ensure the HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL FORM and HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINER LABEL are properly filled out.

Preparing Hazardous Waste for Collection

The following process describes what laboratory personnel must do to prepare chemical waste for collection:

  • Complete the HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL FORM
  • Store chemical waste in a safe, accessible, and easily identifiable location for RMEHS personnel to inspect for completeness and transport
  • Ensure that containers are properly sealed

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals

Hazardous Waste Container Labels

Hazardous Waste Disposal Form

RCRA Emergency/Contingency Plan

Supplemental Information

Michigan State University Waste Disposal Guide

"P" Listed Hazardous Waste Codes (University of Michigan)

"U" Listed Hazardous Waste Codes (University of Michigan)

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Hazardous Waste Guidelines



If you have questions or need further information please contact the Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety Office at (989) 774-7398 or ENVIRONMENTAL@cmich.edu