Chemical Waste

In accordance with St. John’s University’s Waste Management Plan, any chemical substance or mixture of chemical substances that you have decided to discard (and can not be used or reused by another party) is known as a chemical waste.  This can include chemicals that are intended to be disposed of, and chemicals that are being stored but are no longer used or needed.  Chemical wastes can be in liquid, solid or gaseous form.

Classification
All chemical wastes generated at the University must be evaluated to determine if they would be considered to be “hazardous waste” or “non-hazardous waste”.  Hazardous wastes are a group of wastes classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) as requiring special handling and disposal due to their potential to harm human health and the environment.  Review the classification section to determine if your chemical waste is a hazardous waste.