Please note that we commonly have problems with the tags being improperly completed. We have described the most common problems below.
Packaging the Waste
Solid debris can be packaged into sealed plastic bags. Do not use biohazard bags for chemically hazardous waste.
Clean visible contamination from the outside of the container.
Labelling the Waste
Obtain and complete a hazardous waste tag from the Environmental Safety Facility. Call us at 656-5400, or we can be reached through campus mail at ESF, 655 Spear Street, or via e-mail
Completing the Tag.
Fill out the following information legibly:
|Investigator/generator: This is the person we contact if we have questions about the waste. He or she should be knowledgeable about the chemical characteristics of the waste and the processes used to generate the waste.
Department: Departments are not charged for waste disposal. However, we need to track who generates UVM's chemical waste to help in pollution prevention planning.
Date: State and federal law allows us to store waste on campus for no more than 90 days. If the container was used to accumulate waste, the date should give the last day waste was added.
Phone number: List the number where the generator can be reached.
Building and Room: Please list the building and room where the waste will be located when we arrive to pick it up, not your office.
Amount: Indicate the amount of waste in the container, not the size of the container, using one of the following units of measure: liter (including mL, etc.), gallon, gram (including Kg, etc.), pound. For example, two liters of waste in a four liter container should be entered as two liters.
Waste Classification: Using the waste classification system helps us determine which wastes are compatible for packaging or consolidating.
Chemical and %: List all constituents in the container, including solvents and water, by full name, not by abbreviation, initials or chemical formula. Include their approximate proportions, which should add up to 100%. If the proportions are unknown, indicate that the container holds a mixture and identify the components as well as you can.
Also, please check to be sure that every tag you use has a serial number in the upper left corner. These are critical to our database which tracks the location of the wastes on campus. We are required by EPA regulation to be able to produce an inventory of the location of wastes on campus at any time.
Leave the tagged containers in a visible place in the room noted on the tag.
|Do not overfill containers. Prevent leakage by leaving empty space at the top of the containers. Wipe off dirty containers before affixing tags. If a container leaks, put the leaker in another container, or transfer the waste to an intact one. If you need containers suitable for waste transport, contact us - we may be able to help.|
If you need tags or have questions about how to use them, call us at the ESF, extension 6-5400 or contact us by e-mail. Help us by sending in good tags, we'll take care of the rest!
|HTML written by Ralph Stuart||Last updated: July 2, 1996|