Hazardous Waste

 

The mission of the Waste Management Group is to ensure the proper and safe management (generation, treatment, storage and disposal) of hazardous wastes at Stony Brook University, while applying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s hierarchy of waste minimization: reduce, reuse, and recycle. In addition, the group ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations on proper handling of hazardous wastes.

Chemical Waste Disposal Manifests

In an effort to reduce paper wastes, EH&S is providing this fillable PDF of the Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest for completing and printing Chemical Waste Disposal Manifests. These can be completed and saved electronically, reducing the burden on labs for maintaining paper copies. Just complete this form and print 1 copy to bring with your waste to the waste collection.

The following is a list of all the services provided by the Waste Management group:

  • Advise on proper handling of hazardous wastes.
  • Conduct daily scheduled hazardous waste pick ups from all facilities.
  • Audit and inspect laboratories and facilities that generate hazardous wastes.
  • Implement waste minimization as required by the EPA and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) through various programs.
  • Respond and provide technical support during hazardous materials incidents.
  • Actively participate as members of the Hazardous Materials Team.
  • Report waste management activities to authorities such as the DEC and the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW).

For more information on proper Hazardous Chemical Waste Management, download the handout developed by the Hazardous Waste Management Group at SUNY Stony Brook designed to assist hazardous waste generators on campus comply with applicable regulatory requirements. 

Waste Collection

All regulated medical and chemical wastes generated in University laboratories and other facilities must be disposed of in accordance to the guidelines and regulations mandated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

For definitions of these hazardous wastes, please see the Hazardous Waste Management and Spill Response Handout.

Guidelines

  • RMW must be packaged in a red bag, placed in a cardboard box, sealed with tape, labeled with the name of the lab and brought to one of the collection areas listed below.
  • Chemical waste that is packaged in clean, sealed and labeled containers will also be accepted at the collection sites listed below. Manifests and labels must be completed before wastes are brought to the collection site. Please call Environmental Health & Safety to schedule lab clean-outs or for the removal of wastes that need special handling.
  • Don't pour chemicals down the sink or discard with trash.
  • Store waste chemicals only in compatible containers. Keep containers closed.
  • Attach properly completed hazardous waste labels with date.
  • Store containers in a secure area with secondary containment.
  • Hazardous waste training is required for all persons handling waste.
  • Inspect storage areas weekly.
  • Civil and criminal penalties of up to $37,500 per violation, per day and/or up to 5 years in prison for environmental crimes.
Hazardous Waste Collection Calendar
LocationDay of monthTime
Grad Physics (Physics) at the loading dockFirst Tuesday10-10:30 a.m.
Earth & Space Sciences (ESS) at the loading dockSecond Tuesday10-10:30 a.m.
Incubator (LIHTI) at the side doorThird Monday1:15-1:45 p.m.
Engineering (ENG) at the Material Sciences dockFourth Tuesday10-10:30 a.m.
Life Sciences Building (LSB) at the loading dockEvery Tuesday1-1:30 p.m.
Grad Chemistry (GC) at the loading dockEvery Wednesday10-10:30 a.m.
Health Science Center (HSC) by the freight elevatorFirst Thursday17th Floor 1:15-1:45 p.m.       15th Floor 2-2:30 p.m.
Basic Science Tower (BST)Second Thursday

7th Floor 1:15-1:45 p.m. by the freight elevator                      

1st Floor 2-2:30 p.m. near DLAR lobby

Psychology A (Psych A) at the loading dockThird Thursday1-1:30 p.m. (you must first call EH&S at 632-3739 to schedule a pickup)
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) (Dana Hall & Challenger)Fourth Thursday10-10:30 a.m. at the Dana Formalin Transfer Room 10:45-11:15 a.m. Challenger South East Exit Door (near room 123)