Waste Disposal

EH&S is responsible for the management of regulated wastes at Pitt. No lab chemicals or untreated biological wastes should be placed in general trash, flushed down drains or otherwise inappropriately disposed. Contact EH&S at 412-624-9505 with questions regarding proper disposal procedures.

Biological Waste

All biological, infectious, and chemotherapeutic waste that is generated at the University must be decontaminated and disposed of properly.

Chemical Waste

The proper disposal of waste chemicals at the University of Pittsburgh is necessary to meet our stewardship and regulatory compliance requirements. EH&S is available to provide technical guidance, assistance, and additional information.

Controlled Substances

Controlled substances that are expired or are no longer of use to your research must be disposed of through a reverse distributor.

Electronic Equipment (E-Waste)

"E-Waste", "electronic waste", and "e-scrap" are terms used to describe used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are disposed, donated, or given to a recycler.

Radioactive Waste Disposal

Radioactive waste is generated by both the medical and research uses of radioactive material within the University and affiliated hospitals. These materials are ultimately collected and processed by the Radiation Safety Office. Any questions regarding disposal should be directed to the Radiation Safety Office.

Universal Waste (used lamps, bulbs, batteries)

Federal regulations identify four categories of materials that can be managed as Universal Waste: lamps/bulbs, batteries, pesticides, and mercury-containing equipment.