Several types of wastes, including chemical, biological, recyclable, and radioactive, are generated in a variety of clinical, research, service, maintenance, and cleaning operations throughout Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). As such, these waste materials must be properly managed by personnel (“generators”) within their work areas prior to collection and/or disposal.
Waste Disposal Procedures have been established to provide generators guidance on the proper management of chemical, biological, recyclable, and radioactive wastes. Special consideration must be taken when wastes consist of a mixture of chemical, biological, and/or radiological materials (e.g., mixed wastes). Generators must ensure that these mixed wastes are properly assessed, managed and disposed in accordance with the chemical, biological, and radiological waste management procedures.
Drain and Trash Disposal
Do you have non-hazardous chemicals and empty bottles that are appropriate for drain or trash disposal?
Chemical Waste Disposal
Do you have chemical waste that must be disposed by EHS? (submit a chemical collection request)
Biological Waste Disposal
Do you have biological waste that must be properly disposed? (submit a sharps collection request)
Do you have radiological waste that must be properly dispose?
Recyclable Equipment and Materials
Do you have equipment for recycling? Recyclable materials include: batteries, computers and electronics, lead, light bulbs, mercury devices and x-ray or photographic films containing silver.
Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization
Are you interested in techniques that can be used to minimize waste and prevent pollution within your work area?
A full decommissioning of laboratories being vacated by departments or Principal Investigators (PI) must be completed to prevent exposing others to unnecessary hazards.