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Hazardous Waste

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.

Hazardous Waste Collection Calendar  

Location Day of Month Time

Basic Science Tower (BST)

by the elevators

 Second Thursday

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

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

Earth & Space Sciences (ESS) at the loading dock


By Request

Engineering (ENG)

at the Material Sciences dock

 Fourth Tuesday

10-10:30 a.m.

Heavy Engineering is By Request - scheduled before/after ENG pickups

Grad Chemistry (GC) at the loading dock

Every Wednesday

11-11:30 a.m.

Grad Physics (Physics) at the loading dock


By Request

Health Science Center (HSC)

by the elevators

First Thursday

17th Floor 1:15-1:45 p.m.      

15th Floor 2-2:30 p.m.

Incubator (LIHTI)  at the side door

   By Request

Life Sciences Building (LSB) at the loading dock

Every Tuesday

 1-1:30 p.m.

Psychology A (Psych A) at the loading dock


By Request

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) (Dana Hall & Challenger)

Third Tuesday

10-10:30 a.m. at the Dana Formalin Transfer Room

10:45-11:15 a.m. Challenger South East Exit Door (near room 123)

By Request - For all buildings serviced by request - you can submit a hazardous waste pickup request by e-mailing Include your Building, Floor, Room Number and PI name in your request. 

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).

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.


  • RMW must be packaged in a red bag, placed in a biohazardous box, properly sealed with tape, labeled with the name of the lab and brought to one of the collection areas listed above.
  • Chemical waste that is packaged in clean, sealed and labeled containers will also be accepted at the collection sites listed above. 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 near or at the point of generation. DO NOT store waste near sinks or drains.
  • Keep containers closed when not in use.
  • Wastes must be compatible with the container.
  • 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.