Chemical 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.

When a material has no further use and has been declared a waste by the user, it must be clearly labeled as a waste. The proper disposal of waste chemicals at Pitt is necessary to meet our stewardship and regulatory compliance requirements. Environmental Health and Safety is available to provide technical guidance, assistance, and additional information.

Pitt is classified as a large-quantity generator of hazardous waste. Labs must not accumulate waste for more than 30 days before placing them in the University hazardous-waste pickup area.

Refer to the disposal schedule below for dates and locations of scheduled pickups. The Chemical Waste Disposal Form should accompany the waste at time of disposal.

2019 Chemical Waste Disposal Schedules

2020 Chemical Waste Disposal Schedules

Waste Disposal Resources

Chemical Waste Label Guidelines (April 2017)
Waste Minimization Tips
Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF)
Chemical Waste Dos and Don'ts Chart (PDF)