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Hazardous Waste Pickup Request Form

Waste Collection

Hazardous waste management is ruled by increasingly stringent and complex regulations. Management of chemical and hazardous wastes at the University is accomplished by the generator of the waste with the assistance of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). EHS will assist generators on campus to assure that wastes are managed in accordance with the regulations. However, the generator is ultimately responsible for managing the waste safely.

Any waste material that may, upon contact, present a hazard to one's health or surrounding environment should be treated as a potentially hazardous waste. This includes spent or unused chemicals, cleaning solutions, oils, etc. If there is any doubt whether a material should be treated as hazardous, contact EHS at (309) 438-8325. Never throw any questionable material in the sewer or trash without first consulting with EHS.

EHS will pick up properly documented and packaged wastes and will store them prior to their final disposal. Waste is disposed of by contract and is picked up from the University usually twice a year. The hierarchy of disposal methods used for the University's waste is:

  • Reclamation and residual destruction
  • High temperature incineration
  • Chemical/physical treatment
  • Secure land filling

Waste Pickup

Hazardous waste pick-up request forms are available and can be sent to EHS on-line or through mail services. Use the link in the "Forms" section on the right side of this page to access the form. Please fill out all information on the form as accurately as possible and submit to: sysenvironmental@exchange.ilstu.edu or Campus Box 1320.

Storing Waste

All waste shall be stored in a safe and secure area. Waste shall remain in such areas until picked up by EHS. Never leave waste in a hallway or other unsecured area where it may be subject to public contact. Wastes should be properly segregated. Halogenated materials should be kept separate from non-halogenated and solids separated from liquids.

Generators are responsible for obtaining necessary storage containers. Containers shall be structurally sound, in good condition, and have a tight fitting cap. Stopper bottles and plastic milk or soda bottles are not acceptable. A waste generator shall also ensure that a container is compatible with the material to be stored. Materials that may generate vapor, such as solvents and other low boiling point materials, should be stored in a properly ventilated area. All waste containers should have at least 10 to 20 percent headspace left in them to avoid pressure build up that may occur with expansion.

Minimizing Waste

Waste minimization or prevention can be accomplished in many different ways. Generators are strongly encouraged to be alert for alternative procedures or products that will reduce or prevent waste generation.

Departments should be familiar with the nature of the waste they generate, including composition and quantity. In so doing, goals or benchmarks should be identified with efforts focused on reaching them. Please call Environmental Health and Safety for help in determining and establishing goals and benchmarks.

Chemicals or other materials which have not been opened or are still in usable form can be saved from becoming waste by being offered for other University staff use. EHS will periodically distribute a list of "unwanted but still usable" materials. Staff wishing to obtain a material for use may contact EHS. EHS will pickup and deliver the material to the requester. Staff wishing to list materials should also contact EHS. Materials should continue to be stored by the listing Department until a user is found. If this is not possible, or if an appreciable amount of time has expired with no result, EHS can pick up the material. 

Waste generated through scientific classroom instruction has additional reduction options available. These include converting to micro scale experiments and incorporating material neutralization or inactivation into experimental procedures. This promotes environmental and product stewardship and could be a valuable theme in course curriculum.

Radioactive Waste

Radioactive waste should be stored and labeled as other hazardous wastes. However, generators must ensure that adequate shielding of the storage area is provided to keep exposure as low as possible. Liquid and solid wastes should always be segregated and collected in separate containers. The same waste labels and request forms used for other hazardous waste should be used for radioactive waste.

The container label must indicate:

  • The chemical composition of the contents and their percentages
  • Isotopes used
  • Level of activity in microcuries
  • Associated hazards.

This same information must also be provided on the Pickup Request form.

Among the hazards noted on the Pickup Request form should be an indication of any volatile materials into which radioisotopes may be incorporated. That is, those that may produce potential airborne exposures to radioisotopes.


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