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Hazardous Waste

hazardous waste

The mission of the waste management group is to ensure proper and safe management of hazardous waste, regulated medical waste and universal waste at Stony Brook University. This is all done while applying the Environmental Protection Agency's hierarchy of waste minimization: reduce, reuse, and recycle. In addition, the group ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Chemical Waste Disposal Manifests

In an effort to reduce paper waste, EH&S is providing this fillable PDF of the Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest. This can be completed and saved electronically, reducing the burden on labs for maintaining paper copies.

Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest

Complete the Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest and bring a printed copy to the waste collection.                                          Waste will not be collected without this form.

Hazardous Waste Collection Calendar  
Location Day of Month Time

Basic Science Tower by the elevators

 Second Thursday

7th Floor 1:15-1:45 pm by the  elevators  

1st Floor 2-2:30 pm near DLAR lobby

Earth & Space Sciences at the loading dock


By Request

Engineering at the Material Sciences dock

 Fourth Tuesday

10-10:30 am

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

Grad Chemistry at the loading dock

Every Wednesday

11-11:30 am

Grad Physics  at the loading dock


By Request

Health Science Center (HSC) by the elevators

First Thursday

17th Floor 1:15-1:45 pm  

15th Floor 2-2:30 pm

Incubator (LIHTI) at the side door

   By Request

Life Sciences Building (LSB) at the loading dock

Every Tuesday

 1-1:30 pm

Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building

  By Request

Psychology A at the loading dock


By Request

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - Dana Hall & Challenger

Third Tuesday

10-10:30 am at the Dana Formalin Transfer Room

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

By Request - For all buildings serviced by request and not on this schedule, submit a hazardous waste pickup by emailing

In the email, attach a completed copy of the Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest and provide details such as replacement containers, hazardous waste labels... etc.

Services provided by the Waste Management group:
  • Advise on proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous waste, regulated medical waste (RMW) and universal waste (batteries, lamps and mercury-containing equipment)
  • Conduct daily scheduled hazardous waste collections from all laboratories and facilities
  • Audit and inspect laboratories and facilities that generate hazardous waste
  • Implement waste minimization as required by the EPA and the  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) through various programs
  • Respond and provide technical support during hazardous material incidents
  • Actively participate as members of the Hazardous Materials Team
  • Report waste management activities to authorities such as the EPA, NYSDEC and the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW)

Guidelines for Waste Storage and Disposal

  • Hazardous waste training is required for all persons handling ( management, storage and/or disposal) hazardous waste
  • Hazardous waste labels must be filled out at the start of accumulation and must not have abbreviations or chemical formulas
  • Store waste containers in secondary containment at or near the point of generation
  • Waste must not be stored near sinks or drains
  • Keep waste containers closed except when adding waste
  • Ensure waste containers are in good condition and compatible with the waste prior to adding waste
  • Segregate incompatible wastes by distance or a physical barrier such as an additional  containment
  • Inspect storage areas weekly for corrosion, leaks, tears, or other issues with waste containers
  • Chemical waste disposal manifests and hazardous waste labels must be completed before waste is brought to collection sites
  • Waste will not be collected without a chemical waste disposal manifest or properly filled out hazardous waste labels
  • Do not pour chemicals down the sink or discard with trash
  • Chemicals with a "P" code on the following list must be collected as hazardous waste regardless if they are empty or not - Acutely Toxic Waste (P-listed waste)
  • Civil and criminal penalties of up to $70,117 per violation, per day and/or up to 5 years in prison for environmental crimes.
Hazardous Waste Policy

All hazardous waste, regulated medical waste and universal waste 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.

Hazardous Waste Management Policy