Materials that are to be disposed of as hazardous waste must be placed in sealable containers. Containers should be filled, leaving a headspace for expansion of the contents. Often the original container is perfectly acceptable. If you routinely generate significant quantities of compatible solvents, bulking of waste in five-gallon carboys makes them easier to manage. Contact Public Safety for information on vendors who provide these types of containers.
Similar wastes may be mixed if they are compatible (e.g. solvents, linseed oil and oil-based paint). Do not mix or store wastes together unless you are sure they are compatible. To verify compatibility contact Public Safety at x5083
Containers must be kept closed except when adding material to it. Do not leave a hazardous waste container with a funnel in it.
Waste containers must be labeled "Hazardous Waste" and its contents as the material is first put into the container. Waste container labels are available from the Department or Public Safety.
Oils and Metals
Used oil is not considered a hazardous waste, per the US Environmental Protection Agency. Used oil (see exceptions below) should be collected in suitable containers and labeled "USED OIL" unless it has been mixed with hazardous waste (i.e. certain solvents). Arrangements should be made though Public Safety to have used oil recycled.
Spills or Releases of Oil
Oily Rags and Paper Towels
Oily rags and oily paper towels shall be discarded in an approved red flammable trash can. Do not leave oily rags lying around the floor. Linseed oil, in particular, can ignite on its own if left out, causing fire that may spread to other areas. The oily rag can is self-closing to prevent such an occurrence. Maintenance/Custodians will empty the red cans as needed.
Metals and metal filings generated from the machine shop, forging lab and key cutting operations may be hazardous waste. Significant traces of heavy metals, such as chromium or lead, may be contained in the alloys used in those departments. Recycling removes these metals from the hazardous waste designation. Therefore, all metals will be placed in the container marked Recycle Bin or Metals for Recycling. Maintenance to/Custodians Services will collect metals as needed and bring them to an authorized metal recycling center.
Broken Thermometers and Similar Materials
In the event that a thermometer, manometer or similar mercury-containing device breaks, proceed as follows:
Please make sure to minimize the amount of debris involved. If gloves or ther debris do not visibly contain mercury, they do not need to be included with the other waste.
There is considerable concern about the effect of dumping photographic chemicals and solutions down the drain. The following recommendations are for disposing small volumes of photographic solutions daily.
Lamps are the bulb or tube portion of electric lighting devices that have a hazardous component. Examples of common universal waste electric lamps include, but are not limited to, fluorescent lights, high intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high pressure sodium, and metal halide lamps. Used/waste lamps are collected nightly by the Custodial Supervisor. Do not dispose of lamps in the trash. Maintenance will make the waste determination of the lamps, package and date the container of waste lamps as Universal Waste - Lamps. If a lamps is broken use the following procedure for clean upEmergency/Clean Procedures
Cleaning Up a Small Number of Lamps
BatteriesBatteries such as nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), Alkaline, Lithium Ion, small sealed lead-acid batteries, etc. which are found in many common items in the business and home setting, including electronic equipment, mobile telephones, portable computers, and emergency backup lighting are treated as Universal Wastes. They do not have to be managed as hazardous waste. However, they cannot be disposed of with regular trash.
BCC has provided Universal Waste containers for students and employees. All used batteries must be placed in these containers. Public Safety will collect batteries from these containers daily.
Universal waste battery containers are located at:
Applied Tech – AT 018 & AT 101
Art Annex – Inside Main Entrance
Athletics – Office
Business – Media Services B 025 & Information Resources B 121
BC Center – Office
Campus Services – Maintenance Office
Decker – D 217
901 Fronts – Biology Department
Ice Center – Office
Library – Reference Desk, 1st FL
Mechanical – M 117
Science – S 108
Student Center – Campus Store
Student Services – Office of Public Safety SS 102, Theater Dept
Titchner – T 210, Communications T 103
Wales – Operator Desk
Wastes contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious biological materials must be disposed of in special ways. These materials are defined as Regulated Medical Waste. They include:
Departments with potentially infectious wastes include:
Each Department is responsible for establishing a storage location for their Medical Wastes and providing the required training (i.e. Bloodborne pathogen training) to their staff and students. Public Safety will ensure all maintenance/custodial personnel who are responsible for transport or disposal of wastes are properly trained. The Department storage locations shall be temporary locations. All medical wastes will be transferred as needed to the Central Storage area (M205>). Please contact Sandy Whitaker x5099, Biology/Medical Lab Tech Lab Assistant for transfer. She will complete the necessary paperwork for disposal. All BCC Medical Wastes are transported off-site and properly disposed of by Stericylce. Departments should use the following procedures to assist in the disposal.
For disposal of these wastes:
Bring the containers to M205. All containers must have labels, event the small containers that will be placed in a large container by Sandy Whitaker, the Biology/MLT Lab Assistant must have a label. Contact Sandy Whitaker for appropriate labels. X5099.