Hazardous Chemical Waste Management

Tufts University’s Hazardous Chemical Waste Management Program is managed by Tufts Environmental Health and Safety staff who assist each generator (i.e. laboratory, clinic, maintenance area, etc.) maintain compliance with federal and state regulations.

Chemicals are essential to support research and teaching and their use and disposal is regulated by the EPA who implements the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act.

RCRA regulates chemical waste from the “cradle-to-grave” including waste generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal. MassDEP is authorized by EPA to enforce more rigorous hazardous waste regulations.

Universal Waste rules manage the handling and management requirements applicable to batteries, pesticides, thermostats, mercury-containing devices, and mercury-containing lamps (i.e., incandescent, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, and neon light bulbs) that are recycled.

 

Chemical Management at Tufts: Less is Better
By Peter Kelly-Joseph

“Less Is Better strategies, used at every step of planning and executing a laboratory procedure, mirror EPA’s “cradle-to-grave” approach to hazardous waste management.”
acs.org

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