WASTE CATEGORIES


ACRONYMS:

FMO = Facilities Management Office
EHSO = Environmental Health and Safety Office
BGM = Buildings and Grounds Management
BSP = Biological Safety Program
HMMP = UH-Manoa Hazardous Materials Management Program
EPA = U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

ANIMAL CARCASSES
Non-laboratory carcass (i.e., road kill) Call FMO Work Coordination Center at x67134 to report this situation (immediate action necessary).
Chemically Preserved Animal Carcasses and Tissues
(Vertebrate and Invertebrate)
  1. Tissues, body parts and carcasses must be separated from any liquids. Liquid preservatives (i.e., Formalin) should be screened to eliminate all solid material and may be regulated as a hazardous waste; please contact the Hazardous Materials Management Program (HMMP) at x63198 for disposal procedure for these liquids.
  2. Preserved tissues must be thoroughly rinsed and dried prior to wrapping. Wrap tissues/carcasses in newspaper or other absorbent material.
  3. Wrapped tissues should then be double bagged and sealed. No free liquid should be present in the bags. Identify bags with: P.I. name, location (department), and emergency phone number, weight and a label indicating contents.
  4. Place the bagged tissue in a freezer.
  5. Call Buildings and Grounds Management (BGM) at x6-4626 to make arrangements for disposal.
Unpreserved Animal Carcasses and Tissues
(Vertebrate and Invertebrate)
  1. Tissues, body parts and carcasses must be separated from any liquids. Liquid should be screened to eliminate all solid material. Unpreserved liquids can be discarded down the drain.
  2. Wrap tissues/carcasses in newspaper or other absorbent material.
  3. Wrapped tissues should be double bagged and sealed in plastic. No free liquid should be present in the bags. Identify bags with: P.I. name, location (department), and emergency phone number, weight and a label indicating contents.
  4. Place the bagged tissue in a freezer.
  5. Call Buildings and Grounds Management (BGM) at x6-4626 to make arrangements for disposal.
BATTERIES
Household type (alkaline or carbon-zinc) Dispose in regular trash
Lead-Acid
Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad)
Lithium containing
Mercury containing
Submit to EHSO for disposal (See HMMP)

(NOTE: Batteries must be removed from equipment prior to submission to EHSO)

BIOLOGICAL WASTES
See Biohazardous Waste Disposal Guidelines
CARDBOARD
Flatten boxes (corrugated only; no single layer chipboard such as cereal boxes, detergent boxes, tissue boxes, etc.) and place in blue dumpsters for cardboard located at the following locations (under the "Options" menu, select "Cardboard").
CHEMICALS
Before disposing as waste, offer your unused chemicals to other UH staff who may be able to use it through the UH Electronic Swap Meet. For disposal instructions, refer to the Hazardous Materials Management Program (HMMP).
COMPUTERS (eWaste)
See the ITS Disposal Guidelines for Obsolete Computer Equipment.

For basic information concerning the UH systemwide recycling program along with links to representatives who can provide specific directions for preparation of UH-owned equipment at each campus collection point, please also refer to the Quarterly University of Hawai‘i eWaste Pick-Up Program

EQUIPMENT
OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND FURNITURE Offer your excess furniture and office equipment to other UH staff who may be able to use it through the UH Electronic Swap Meet or call the FPMO Surplus Warehouse (x6-8887) to see if it can be reused. Submit a work request to FMO for assistance with removal. If FMO is unable to provide disposal assistance, it will be the Department's responsibility to contract with a commercial vendor to have the item(s) removed. Email to manoawcc@hawaii.edu if you have any questions.
BIG, HEAVY EQUIPMENT Remove and properly dispose of any potentially hazardous components (radiation sources, PCB-containing transformers, lead-acid/Ni-Cad batteries, etc.). Contact EHSO with any questions regarding the hazardous components. Submit a work request to FMO for assistance with removal. If FMO is unable to provide disposal assistance, it will be the Department's responsibility to contract with a commercial vendor to have the item(s) removed. Email to manoawcc@hawaii.edu if you have any questions.
FREON CONTAINING EQUIPMENT (Refrigerators, Air-conditioners, etc.) Contact a properly trained and certified vendor (e.g., Refrigerant Recycling Inc.) directly for disposal. Freon containing equipment must be disposed of by a company licensed to handle this type of material.
GAS CYLINDERS
Cylinders should be returned to vendor. See HMMP.
GLASS
  • Glassware not contaminated with radiological, biological or hazardous chemicals shall be placed in a puncture resistant container, labeled “glass or broken glass”. It will be picked up by the custodial staff and disposed of.

  • Glassware contaminated with visible residual amounts (e.g., < 1gram or 1ml) of hazardous chemicals, except for “P” listed chemicals or insoluble materials, shall be rinsed to decontaminate them and the rinsate disposed down the drain. Glassware without any visible residual chemicals should be disposed of as ordinary glassware. Glassware contaminated with “P” listed chemicals or insoluble materials shall be turned in to EHSO for disposal as hazardous chemical waste.

  • Broken glassware contaminated with hazardous chemicals should be placed in a puncture resistant container (e.g., bottle, plastic container or metal can overpack with a secure lid), labeled with the name of the chemical and turned in to EHSO for disposal as hazardous chemical waste.

  • For information on the proper disposal of glassware contaminated with biological material, contact the Biosafety program (x6-8009). For information on glassware contaminated with radioactive material contact the Radiation Safety Program (x6-8591).
GREEN WASTE
Bag, label as "GREEN WASTE" and place next to refuse dumpster.
LIGHT BULBS
Regular incandescent bulbs Dispose of in regular trash. Package to prevent glass hazard.
Fluorescent bulbs (black end caps)

Various campus units collect and recycle older type bulbs. Campus unit coordinators, see fluorescent bulb disposal procedure.

  • FLUORESCENT LIGHT BALLASTS: The Office of Facilities & Grounds (OFG) removes non-leaking ballasts. Ballasts that contained PCBs are believed to have already been removed from University light fixtures. Contact EHSO (x63198) for assistance concerning leaking ballasts or any known to contain PCBs.
  • FLUORESCENT LIGHT TUBES: Submit a work request to FMO for removal and disposal. OFG removes and disposes of fluorescent light tubes. Email to manoawcc@hawaii.edu if you have any questions. Specialty lamps used in research (e.g., UV lamps, Halogen lamps, Atomic Absorption spectral lamps) can be submitted to EHSO for disposal.
Fluorescent bulbs (green end caps) Dispose of in regular trash. Package to prevent broken glass hazard.
METALS
Submit a work request to FMO for assistance with removal. If FMO is unable to provide disposal assistance, it will be the Department's responsibility to contract with a commercial vendor to have the item(s) removed. Email to manoawcc@hawaii.edu if you have any questions.
OIL
Call EHSO (x6-3198) for special instructions (HMMP).
PAINTS
Latex (or Water-Based) Latex (or water-based) paint is typically a non-regulated substance. However, some latex paints are regulated if they contain EPA-listed metals, such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, or silver.

Reading the label is the easiest way to determine whether or not a latex paint contains any of the above metals, and is therefore a regulated substance. If the label is missing or unreadable, the paint should be considered regulated.

Regulated paints may still be used for their intended purposes. Just ensure required paints are properly stored for future use; and, unwanted ones are turned into EHSO for proper disposal. Never place regulated paints in the trash!

Non-regulated paints may be disposed of in the regular trash; but, only after they are completely dried (never place liquid paint into the trash). Apply the following guidelines prior to trash disposal:

  • Containers with small paint quantities (approximately less than one inch) can be placed without their lids, in a well-ventilated, covered area until dry.
  • Containers with large quantities (approximately more than one inch) can be absorbed on to materials such as: clay-based kitty litter, saw dust, or shredded paper.
Recycle empty/dry, non-regulated metal paint containers by submitting a work request for a scrap metal pickup.
Oil-based Oil-based paints are regulated substances. Submit to EHSO for disposal (see HMMP). Never place oil-based paints in the trash!
PAINTING EQUIPMENT
Includes any item used in painting activities, such as: paint brushes, rollers, roller pans, rags, paper, buckets, scrapers, paint stirrers, and drop cloths (plastic or canvas).

Disposal of these items depends on the type of paint used (refer to “Paints” section above).

  • Regulated (e.g., oil-based or latex with EPA-listed metals): Turn all equipment into EHSO for disposal. Do not place items in trash!
  • Non-Regulated (e.g., latex with no EPA-listed metals): Let equipment completely dry before placing in trash.
PAPER
Separate Newspaper, Colored Paper, and White Paper and place into the designated receptacle. Shredded paper may be recycled as long as it is bagged. Commercial and government office buildings are required by law to recycle office paper. Visit the Landscaping Department's Refuse Map to find a convenient paper collection location (under the "Options" menu, select "Paper").
RADIOACTIVE WASTES
See Procedures for Isotope Shipments and Waste Disposal
SHARPS
See UH Biohazardous Sharps & Waste Disposal - Quick Reference Guide
SOIL (UNCONTAMINATED)
Bag, label as "Soil" and place next to refuse dumpster. For pick-up of large quantities, submit a work request to FMO for assistance with removal. If FMO is unable to provide disposal assistance, it will be the Department's responsibility to contract with a commercial vendor to have the item(s) removed. Email to manoawcc@hawaii.edu if you have any questions. For contaminated soil, call EHSO (x6-3198) for special instructions.
THERMOMETERS (MERCURY)
Submit to EHSO for disposal. See HMMP.
WOOD / LUMBER
Submit a work request to FMO for assistance with removal. If FMO is unable to provide disposal assistance, it will be the Department's responsibility to contract with a commercial vendor to have the item(s) removed. Email to manoawcc@hawaii.edu if you have any questions.

Do not put large pieces of wood in the dumpsters! May cause serious damage to refuse truck.

Sawdust should be double bagged, tied, and put into dumpster.


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