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Chemical Waste Collection


Please refer to the Procedures for Chemical Waste Disposal [PDF - 753 KB] in preparing your chemical waste for collection. If you have questions regarding these procedures, please contact the Hazardous Waste Technician, Katie Reid.

For hazardous waste chemicals, a Chemical Lab Pack Disposal Form [XLS - 49 KB] must be completed and approved before materials will be accepted. The EH&S Office will inform you if your submission CANNOT be included in the university's hazardous waste disposal program. In general, the following items will be accepted:

  • Waste aqueous solutions (e.g. corrosive, oxidizing, and toxic liquids)
  • Waste solvents, oils, and scintillation fluids
  • Contaminated labware and absorbants

Large quantities of expired and/or unwanted materials are not acceptable and recovery fees may be applied. Limited quantities of these materials will be accepted at the direction of EH&S staff. In most cases, EH&S staff will be able to dramatically reduce costs by coordinating multiple requests. We trust you appreciate the complexity (and associated risks) of the hazardous waste disposal program and will work with us to make it successful.

Please post or circulate this notice to those persons responsible for preparing wastes for collection - noting:

  • Trucking arrives as close as possible to the times indicated.
  • Occasionally there are delays from pick-up destinations prior to your stop, please be patient.
  • Do not leave your waste unattended.

Pick-up Times

Please have your wastes ready for collection at the locations below for the following scheduled times:

Depart from Chemical Storage Facility 9:00 a.m.
Dentistry/Burbidge Building Loading Dock 9:30 a.m.
Tupper Building Loading Dock 9:45 a.m.
Sexton Campus 10:20 a.m.
Biology Loading Dock
 - includes Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Psychology
11:00 a.m.
Dunn Building 11:30 a.m.
Chemistry Building Loading Dock 11:45 a.m.

If your building is not on the list below, you must call the Safety Office at (902) 494-2495 to arrange for pick-up of waste solvents and scintillation fluids.

Schedule for 2017

Please mark your calendars accordingly and notify individuals in your area of the following dates. Contact Katie Reid (494-2906) or the Safety Office (494-2495) with any questions.

Please note that there will not be a collection in January.

Thursday, February 9
Thursday, March 9
Thursday, April 13
Thursday, May 11
Thursday, June 8
Thursday, July 13
Thursday, August 10
Thursday, September 14
Thursday, October 12
Thursday, November 9
Thursday, December 14