Chemical Waste Containers


Liquid Waste Containers Must Be:
  • Free of exterior contamination
  • Chemically compatible for the material stored (ex. no corrosives in metal containment)
  • In good condition with screw tops
  • Unaffected by leaking, rusting, or any other defects
  • Partially filled with at least 10% air space

Dry Waste Containers Must Be:

  • Taped, tied, or sealed closed
  • Have no sharp or protruding edges
  • Double-bagged in transparent, sturdy bags

Dry waste

Sharps Container Must Be:

  • Any color but red
  • Puncture-proof and securely closed
  • Free of visible biological hazard symbols


  1. Create and attach a WASTe tag to the container
  2. Tightly close container after adding material
  3. If liquid, store container in secondary containment
  4. Inspect containers on a weekly basis for leaks and deterioration
  5. When ready for disposal, write the date that you are offering the waste for disposal on the WASTe tag
  6. Place the container on a sturdy cart with raised edges
  7. Bring the container(s) to your building's regularly scheduled hazardous waste pick-up

Note: Wastes stored in labware (e.g. test tubes, beakers, and flasks) and sealed with a stopper or parafilm will not be accepted.