The Waste Management Program (WMP) is responsible for the collection and disposal of all types of hazardous waste materials from University research and teaching activities. Due to the nature of these materials, a number of basic requirements must be followed in order for the WMP to collect, process, and dispose of these waste safely and efficiently.
- All waste materials must be completely and legibly labelled, using the tags and labels provided by the WMP for this purpose.
- Only containers provided or specified by the WMP will be accepted for disposal.
- Overfilled (i.e. More than ¾ full) and/or leaking containers cannot be accepted for disposal.
- Full containers should be stored in the building’s “hazardous waste room”. If such a room is not available, the user need to designate an area, preferably close to an exit and transport facilities, safe from mishandling and fire safe (example: vented chemical cabinet). The building director or designated Waste Coordinator in each building should be consulted with regards to the designated area for storage of containers.
- Collection, transport, and delivery are arranged by calling the WMP (514-398-5066) or using the online pick up request. The caller or sender should indicate the nature of the waste to be serviced, number of containers, and requirements for empty containers.
- Unknowns of any kind cannot be accepted for disposal. Departments must first properly identify their waste. For materials that cannot be identified, a laboratory analysis will be done at the department's expense.
- Priority will be given to waste chemicals of a reactive or explosive nature. Notification should be made immediately upon discovery.
- While records will be kept of the volume produced by each department, charges will not be made against accounts within the University if waste is coming from research and teaching activities, is presented in a proper manner and all guidelines were followed accordingly
Additional information can be found in the McGill Laboratory Safety Manual, Radiation Safety Policy Manual, and Laboratory BioSafety Manual.