Chemical Waste Disposal

Laboratory workers who generate chemical waste, must be trained on a yearly basis as per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) regulations. 

Hazardous Waste Training

Access VCU's hazardous waste training through:


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All lab staff who generate hazardous waste must have that box checked in their "Job Activities" in BioRAFT.

Hazardous Waste Pick Up

Once hazardous waste is ready to be picked up, complete the VCU's request form:

Request Form

Pick up requests are an online process that can be printed and/or emailed once completed.

Laboratory chemical waste is managed in compliance with EPA and VDEQ regulations. Laboratories that generate chemical waste must abide by the following requirements:

  1. Set up a Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) Pick Up Location in the laboratory. This is the location where all full hazardous waste containers are stored until EHS-SRM staff picks them up. 
  2. Post the EHS-SRM SAA signage at your pick up location. You can also request this signage by contacting EHS-SRM.
  3. Label all hazardous waste containers with the Red Labels provided by EHS-SRM. The labels must be filled out properly with the following information:
    • Name of chemical
    • Circle the applicable Hazard Type: Corrosive (list pH), Flammable, or Toxic
  4. Hazardous waste containers may be stored at the location of the experiment until full. They must be capped when not in use. 
  5. All liquid waste containers must be in a secondary containment (e.g. a plastic bin)
  6. Hazardous waste containers must be compatible with the waste that they are being used for (e.g. do not use glass containers for hydrofluoric acid)
  7. Do not fill containers more than ⅔ of the total container volume. 
  8. Once ready to be picked up, complete the hazardous waste pick up request form.
  9. Fill out the white labels for large bottles and the yellow labels for small bottles. EHS-SRM is happy to provide these labels upon request. Attach appropriate labels to the container when ready to be picked up. The white and yellow labels differentiate those containers ready to be picked up from those still being used (Red label only).

The Hazardous Waste Team collects all chemical/hazardous waste from labs upon request within 48 hours of the request.  For lab cleanouts contact EHS-SRM directly as this will require an assessment of volume, waste type, etc. It is beneficial to have a chemical list ready whenever a lab cleanout is requested.