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Waste disposal guidelines

After being cleaned, these containers will be returned to users

Hazardous Waste Management provides a full hazardous material disposal service to the McGill community. Disposal of waste is free of charge to internal departments, provided the waste is coming from research activities and presented in a proper manner.

Due to the nature of these materials, a number of basic requirements are necessary for the HWM to process and dispose of hazardous waste safely and efficiently. These apply to virtually all types of hazardous materials.

Waste disposal requirements

  • All waste material must be adequately, completely and legibly labelled. HWM provides tags for this purpose.
  • Only containers provided or specified by HWM will be accepted for disposal.
  • Overfilled and/or leaking containers cannot be accepted for transport. Same thing for reacting and/or inflated containers. Call us at 5066 for instructions.
  • Full containers should be stored in a single storage area in each building which is close to exit and/or transport facilities. The area should be safe from mishandling, should be kept locked and be reasonably fireproof.
  • Collection is arranged by calling at 398-5066, by faxing us at 398-4633 or by using the online waste pick-up request form. The number of full containers should be indicated at the time of request in order for equivalent number of empty replacement containers to be delivered.
  • An initial supply of empty containers may be arranged for by calling 5066. .
  • While records will be kept of the volumes produced by each department, charges will not be made against individual users within the University for wastes which is generated as part of normal teaching and research operation for which established disposal guidelines are followed.
  • Unknown material of any kind cannot be accepted for disposal . Should departments not be able to identify their waste, an analysis will be performed at the depatments' expense.
  • Explosive chemicals must be stabilized prior to transport. Stabilization can be arranged by calling 398-5066.