Hazardous Waste Management Guidelines

Waste must be properly labeled, stored, and disposed in accordance to Federal and State regulations. The information below will help you and UCLA maintain compliance.


  • Don't dispose of chemicals down the drain.
  • Don't dispose of chemicals via trash cans.
  • Don’t use hoods to intentionally evaporate chemicals
  • Transport the hazardous waste to your designated pick-up location using a sturdy cart and secondary containment.
  • Consult the hazardous waste pick-up schedule for the building specific times and locations for disposal
  • For non-UCLA affiliated household hazardous waste, please visit the S.A.F.E. website for more information.

For General Inquires call (310) 206-1887 or email hazardousmaterials@ehs.ucla.edu

  • Hazardous Waste Minimization
  • -Review experimental protocols to assure hazardous materials are used efficiently and purchases are kept to a minimum
    -Conduct microscale research to minimize the amount of hazardous materials handled and generated
    -Substitute out hazardous materials for safer alternatives when feasible
        -UCLA Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program
    -Utilize the Surplus Chemical Redistribution Program prior to ordering chemicals. All chemicals in this program are free to UCLA employees

    Learn more

  • Waste Accumulation Storage Tracking electronically (WASTe) Program

  • The WASTe program allows users to manage and generate hazardous waste tag
    -The hazardous waste tag must be affixed to the waste container/bag upon start of accumulation

    How to Get Access to WASTe

    How to Create a WASTe Tag

    How to Manage People & Locations in WASTe Program

    Go Directly to WASTe Program

  • Hazardous Waste Accumulation & Storage


    -Waste collected in the same container must be chemically compatible
    -Waste storage guidelines are the same as chemical storage guidelines
    -Liquid hazardous chemical waste should to be collected in chemically compatible container with a twist-cap
        -Liquid hazardous chemical waste needs to be stored in secondary containment
        -When not in-use, waste containers must be closed with the funnel removed
    -Dry hazardous waste needs to be collected in a clear, double plastic bag
        -No secondary containment is necessary for dry hazardous waste
    -Hazardous chemical waste must be disposed of within 90 days of the accumulation start date or when the container becomes 90% full, whichever is first
        -Waste generators utilizing 55 gallon waste barrels or accumulating 1 quart of extremely hazardous waste must be transferred to EH&S for disposal within 3 days of reaching the set volumes
    -Store hazardous waste in an accessible, designated area
        -Refrain from storing waste in fume hoods and under sinks
    -Periodically check conditions of waste containers for signs of leaks, corrosion or deterioration
        -Report damaged containers to EH&S and we’ll provide assistance to transfer the contents to an appropriate container

    Storage of general hazardous chemical waste

    Chemical waste container requirements

    Empty chemical waste containers

  • Empty Container Management: for containers that once stored hazardous materials

  • -Containers are considered empty when no material can be poured or scraped from it
        -Empty hazardous chemical containers may be treated to disposed of as regular waste
            -Must be California empty before disposing of it as regular waste
                -No liquid drips from the container when it’s inverted
                -Utilize triple-rinse method [Insert Triple-Rinse Graphic/Factsheet]
            -Containers 5 gallons or greater must be picked up by EH&S
        -Empty extremely hazardous waste containers must be disposed of as hazardous waste
    -Empty containers less than 5 gallons should be rinsed, defaced and disposed of as regular waste or recycled (where applicable)

  • Special Wastes

  • If you have special wastes, please contact EH&S before bringing them to the pick-up

    -Special wastes include unknown chemicals and peroxide forming chemicals (PFCs)