Waste Disposal - Main Page

 




 

Welcome to UVM's waste disposal page!

If you are working in a UVM laboratory, follow this link (Laboratory Waste) for specific disposal informaiton and procedures. All other UVM departments and staff can find answers to common waste questions below.

Properly managing wastes that UVM generates is essential. Mishandling unwanted material can damage the environment and/or be hazardous to the people who handle the material downstream.

The table below has common UVM wastes that requires special consideration and handling. Click on the headings to directly take you to information on its proper waste management.

Not seeing your waste? Contact us today at waste@uvm.edu

 

Aerosol Cans

Ballasts

Batteries Assorted

Paint Related Materials
Lightbulbs

Compact Fluorescent

Lightbulbs

Broken Bulbs Propane Canisters

Solvents

Glycols OIls  Oily Debris Sternos Mercury Devices

 

General Waste Collection and Storage Tips!

  • DO NOT bring waste to our facility. Keep wastes at or near the place where they are generated.
  • All containers should be kept inside, or under cover and out of the weather. Containers kept outside (loadding docks etc.) must be on an impervious surface.
  • Waste labels must be facing forward to be visible and readable at all times. If your waste label is worn out or unreadable, contact us.
  • Lids on waste containers must be on and secured when not in use. "In use" is only when you are placing items inside.
  • Fill out a waste tag BEFORE the container is overly full and before material is spilling out. For information on how to fill out a tag properly follow this link (Tag Entry).
  • Estimate the weight of solid materials to complete and enter the "amount" section of the tag. Enter in "lbs".
  • If you fill out a tag for a container and need a new empty container, request another container in "comment section" of the tag.
  • If you are planning to do a cleanout of old maintenance materials, call 656-5408 BEFORE tagging the waste. We can help sort through it and minimize the tags needed to dispose.

 

For detailed information on how to properly label, accumulate, and store hazadous waste, or for information on how to enter a waste tag electronically, follow this link to the waste storage and labeling page.

 

For all other questions, contact waste@uvm.edu

 

Material Includes the following How to Collect How to Dispose

Where does it go? 

Aerosol Cans

 

Any type of spray can. Most aerosols have a flammable or chlorinated solvent propellant.

NOTE: Empty, partially-full, or unused cans must be collected as waste.

Call 656-5408 to request a properly labeled waste container to collect unwanted cans. 

 

Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here.

 

Non-hazardous empty aerosol cans are punctured to remove the residues.

 

Empty, punctured cans end up in scrap metal recycling.

Ballasts

Includes PCB, Non-PCB and Electronic 

Call 656-5408 to request a properly labeled container. 

NOTE: Container label must remain visible at all times. Lid must be secured when not in use. For more informaiton follow the Universal Waste Requirements for Lightbulbs & Ballasts.

Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here.

 

Recycled

Batteries

Small assorted batteries such as Alkaline, NiCad, Lithium, Button Cell Call UVM Recycling 656-4171 to get a brown Battery Bucket. Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here. Recycled

Lead Acid Batteries

Contain Sulfuric Acid & Electrolyte Store on a pallet. 

You may fill out ONE Waste Tag for several Lead Acid Batteries.

Please note how many batteries on the tag. In "amount" section, write, for example,  "4 each".

Enter the Waste Tag online here.

Recycled

Lightbulbs

 

3 ft, 4 ft, 8 ft, 10 ft, U-Tubes, etc

 

"Green" lightbulbs too.

Follow the Universal Waste Requirements for Lightbulbs & Ballasts.

For large bulb removal or replacement projects, call 656-5408 BEFORE THE PROJECT BEGINS. We can provide a cardboard cylinder for multiple bulbs. 

No waste tag needed since these are considered Universal Waste in VT.

Call 656-5408 for pickup.

Recycled

Compact Lightbulbs

Asssorted shapes

Collect in cardboard box.

Follow the Universal Waste Requirements for Lightbulbs & Ballasts.

 

No waste tag needed since these are considered Universal Waste in VT.

Call 656-5408 for pickup.

Recycled

Broken Bulbs

Any size broken CFL bulbs may be placed together. 

Small amounts: collect in a sealable clear plastic bag or ziplock bag.

For more information follow this link to view the Universal Waste Requirements for Lightbulbs & Ballasts.

For larger amounts, call 656-5408 to request a properly labeled container. 

You may fill out ONE Waste Tag for the broken material.

Enter the Hazardous Waste Tag online here.

Managed as hazardous waste

Oils and OIly Debris

Collect Hydraulic oil separate from Motor oil.

No gasoline may be mixed in.

Oils are regulated in VT.

Call 656-5408 to request a properly labeled container. Please specify whether you need a container for liquid OR solid (oily debris/rags).

 

Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here.

 
Managed as hazardous waste

Paint and

Related Materials

Separate Latex Paint Cans from Oil-based paints. 

Paint related materials, such as epoxy and glues should be collected.

NOTE: Part B epoxy component should be kept separate.

Keep cans and buckets out of the weather.

LATEX: Residues inside latex cans may be left out to dry. Throw empty, dried latex paint cans in trash. Cans that have unused material in them should be closed and tagged for disposal. Fill out ONE waste tag for multiple containers.

OIL BASE: Fill out ONE waste tag for multiple oil-based paint cans if there is more than 5% paint left in each can. Enter the Waste Tag online here.

Managed as non-hazardous or hazardous waste depending on paint type.

Propane Canisters

Includes full, partially full or empty canisters

Various sizes

Store in flammable cabinet.

 

Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here.

 

Several propane canisters may be included on ONE tag.

 

 

Full or partially full are managed as hazardous waste.

 

Empty canisters are devalved and sent for scrap metal. 

 

 

Solvents

Examples: Acetone, Xylene, Mineral Spirits, Paint Thinners etc Store in flammable cabinet in secondary containment bin.

Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here.

If you have multiple solvent containers, call 656-5408 before tagging. We can help sort them out and minimize your tagging.

Managed as hazardous waste.

Empty metal cans may go in scrap metal recycling.

Antifreeze (glycols)

Examples:

propylene glycol, ethylene glycol

Store in secondary containment bin.

5 - 55 gal drums must be stored with some form of spill containment. 

Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here. Managed as hazardous waste.

Sternos

From dining halls and campus events

Call 656-5408 to request a properly labeled container. 

NOTE: Container label must remain visible at all times. Lid must be secured when not in use.

Fill out a Waste Tag and enter online here. Managed as hazardous waste.