Waste Management

At UCLA there are 4 types of Waste:

  • Regular Waste & Recyclables - Food, plastics, or other every day waste. This form of waste is not managed by EH&S. Go to Facilities Management.
  • Hazardous Waste - Chemicals and other general hazardous wastes such as paint, electronics, batteries, etc.
  • Biological Waste - contains biological components that may be infectious or harmful to human health.
  • Radioactive Waste - Dry and liquid lab waste containing radioisotopes, liquid scintillation waste, contaminated equipment.

Depending on the type of waste you have, will determine the process and guidelines that must be followed.

 

Regular & Recyclables

UCLA Facilities Management manages the Regular Waste and Recyclables programs on campus.

For household hazardous waste (including electronics and batteries), visit the S.A.F.E. website for more information.

Hazardous Waste

UCLA- generated chemicals, lecture bottles, small lamps, paints, and chemically contaminated material may be disposed through the routine hazardous waste pick-ups.
Examples of waste:

  • Chemicals
  • Lecture bottles
  • Chemically contaminated material
  • Paints
  • Batteries
  • Lamps less than 4 feet in length
Biological Waste

Biological hazardous waste is waste known to be or potentially contaminated with infectious materials, animal or human specimen waste, pharmaceutical, and trace-chemotherapy waste.

Refer to Biosafety for UCLA specific biological waste management practices.

Waste Services  for information self-drop off areas for biological hazardous waste.

Radiation Waste

Examples of Waste:

  • Dry radioactive lab waste and contaminated equipment
  • Liquid scintillation vials and fluid waste, including non-radioactive LSC waste
  • Radioactive animal waste (please call 5-5396 to schedule for animal waste)