Office of Research

Hazardous Waste Management

Both the U.S. EPA and the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control regulate the disposal of chemical wastes. In South Carolina, the State regulations closely parallel the Federal ones.

In South Carolina, people who generate hazardous wastes (“Generators”) are required to have training. Hazardous Waste training is available here: How to Dispose of Chemical Waste

Many chemicals, chemical mixtures, solvents, and solvent mixtures are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Under RCRA, a chemical can either be listed, where it is mentioned by name in the regulation, or characteristic. RCRA characteristics include flammability, reactivity (including containing cyanide and sulfides), corrosivity, and toxicity.

Chemical wastes are also regulated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Clean-up, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which prohibits disposal of any material into the environment which is harmful to the environment. Both the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act regulate emissions in to air and water.

RCRA Hazardous Waste D list   RCRA Hazardous Waste F list
RCRA Hazardous Waste P list   RCRA Hazardous Waste U list

For pickup of hazardous items please use the appropriate form:

Hazardous Waste / Biohazardous Waste

Proper chemical storage is required to minimize the hazards associated with leaks, spills, and accidental mixing of incompatible chemicals. Please follow the link below for the General Chemical Storage Guidelines:

Chemical Storage Guidelines

SC DHEC Lead Based Paint Waste & Residue Disposal Advisory

The Hazardous Waste Management Manual is available either Online HERE of as a pdf: Hazardous Waste Management Manual

HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINER LABELS ( MS Word format for Avery label #5163)

BioWaste Labels

Satellite Accumulation Inspection Procedure   SAA Poster with Instructions

Disposal of Controlled Drugs (DEA) and disposal of Pharmaceuticals at Clemson University Main Campus

Video: Nitric Acid Wastes: Preventing Chemical Incompatibility Hazards

For questions, comments or concerns, please contact the CU Office of Research Safety Hazardous Materials Manager and/or the Safety and Waste Services Manager.

Contact the Hazardous Materials Manager for assistance in classifying and disposing of your wastes, or any questions you may have.

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