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Hazardous Waste

hazardous waste

The mission of the waste management group is to ensure the 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. These can be completed and saved electronically, reducing the burden on labs for maintaining paper copies. Complete this form and print 1 copy to bring with your waste to the waste collection. Wastes 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 p.m. by the  elevators                 

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

Earth & Space Sciences  at the loading dock


By Request


at the Material Sciences dock

 Fourth Tuesday

10-10:30 a.m.

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

Grad Chemistry  at the loading dock

Every Wednesday

11-11:30 a.m.

Grad Physics  at the loading dock


By Request

Health Science Center 

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.

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 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, submit a hazardous waste pickup request by e-mailing Please attached a filled out Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest or include your Building, Floor, Room Number and PI name in your e-mail. 

Services provided by the Waste Management group:

  • Advise on proper handling of hazardous waste, regulated medical waste and universal waste
  • Conduct daily scheduled hazardous waste collections from all 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 NYSDEC and the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW)

Waste Collection

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.


  • Regulated medical waste (RMW) must be packaged in a red bag, placed in a biohazardous box, properly sealed with tape and labeled with the name of the lab and brought to one of the collection areas listed above.
  • Manifests and hazardous waste labels must be completed before wastes are brought to the collection site. Waste will not be collected without a Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest.
  • 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.
  • Waste must be compatible with the container.
  • Store containers in a secure area with secondary containment.
  • Inspect storage areas weekly.
  • Hazardous waste training is required  for all persons handling waste.
  • Civil and criminal penalties of up to $37,500 per violation, per day and/or up to 5 years in prison for environmental crimes.