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Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Disposal Guidelines

The disposal of hazardous chemicals is strictly regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), and the EPA’s federal regulations found in 40 CFR, Parts 100 - 399.

Chemicals must be disposed of through the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S). This will normally be done at no cost to the generator if the disposal procedures are strictly followed. Individuals who do not comply with state and federal regulations are individually responsible for possible fines and/or imprisonment. Call EH&S at 753-0404 or 753-2383 when you have waste materials for disposal.

Please consult NIU’s Chemical Waste Management Guide for a complete list of procedures regarding chemical and hazardous waste disposal.

NO HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL OR SUBSTANCE SHALL BE DISPOSED OF INTO THE SANITARY OR STORMWATER SYSTEM, INTO THE ATMOSHPERE, OR INTO THE UNIVERSITY TRASH SYSTEM.

All chemical waste must be collected in suitable containers for processing and disposal by or under the supervision of the Environmental Protection Specialist. In the event of uncertainty, contact EH&S for advice.

Any waste material that may present a hazard to one’s health or surrounding environment should be treated as a potentially hazardous waste. This includes spent or unused chemicals, cleaning solutions, oils, etc. Never dispose of any questionable material without first consulting with EH&S.

For questions contact David Mannia, Environmental Protection Specialist, at 815-753-2383 dmannia@niu.edu