Hazardous Waste



Written ProgramThe University of Notre Dame Hazardous Waste Procedure establishes a formal written program for the safe and compliant collection, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. The University of Notre Dame’s recommendation is that all staff assume wastes are hazardous until proven otherwise, and request  Risk Management and Safety (RMS) manage the waste. This applies to laboratories, shops, maintenance areas, or other Notre Dame facilities generating, storing, or handling hazardous waste. 

Hazardous Waste Procedure (1 MB, pdf)

Training Requirements

All personnel generating, storing, or handling hazardous waste shall be trained on the hazardous waste prior to generating or handling this waste.

Hazardous Waste training for operations personnel is located within the Hazardous Waste training course that is in eNDeavor

Hazardous Waste Labels


  • Pickups include chemical, radioactive and biohazardous waste.
  • Waste containers shall be free from spills, properly labeled, and sealed PRIOR to the pickup.
  • Select the appropriate disposal form for your type of waste. For example, the Chemical Discard Tag form shall be used for chemical waste. The Biohazardous Waste Discard form shall be used for biohazardous waste and sharps waste. Radioactive Waste Pickup form shall be used for radioactive waste. 
  • PLEASE ENSURE to click the "submit" button once the form is completed. If the form is not successfully submitted, it is NOT valid, and RMS will not remove the associated waste container. If the submittal was successful, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to access the completed form.
  • If the "submit button does not appear, then a mandatory field is not properly completed. 
  • Print the completed form using the "print" button found within the form during the time of completing the form or later by accessing the form. 
  • The printed Chemical Discard Tag form shall be attached to the container so information on the form is visible. This is a regulatory compliance requirement.
  • If waste is not ready before the scheduled pick-up time or RMS personnel do not have access to the lab, waste will not be removed. Under these circumstances, a special pick-up will NOT be made.

Have any waste-related questions?

Any questions concerning waste, waste pick-ups, and the delivery of RMS-provided containers and vented caps can be emailed to Bill Wolter. Be sure to include the following information in the email: the facility name, lab room #, PI name, waste information, and any other pertinent information.

What containers does Risk Management and Safety provide?

  • 10 L carboys for Solvent Waste (non-Radioactive)
  • 20 L carboys for Solvent Waste (non-Radioactive)
  • 5 gallon buckets with lids for Solid Waste (silica gel, ethidium bromide, acrylamide gels, etc.)
  • 20 L carboys for Aqueous Waste (Radioactive)
  • 10 L carboys for Organic Waste (Radioactive)
  • 30 gallon polydrums for biohazardous waste

Risk Management maintains a limited quantity of 4 L bottles for heavy metal, toxic, oxidizer, or corrosive waste (these will not always be available).

Regulatory Information

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) laws and regulations create a framework for the proper management of hazardous waste and are contained in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 260 - 273.