1. How do I know if I'm currently trained?
Call the EHS Office at 491-6745. We can look up your current status on our database or check out our web site and enter your user name and password.
Remember you and your Principal Investigator must complete refresher training annually to remain currently trained. EHS will only accept waste from currently trained generators and PIs.
2. How do I get my waste picked up?
Submit an Electronic Request for Disposal (eRFD). Print your eRFD labels and put each label onto the containers and place all items into a box. Check the confirmation email that was sent when you submitted your waste or logon to the eRFD website to find the date when EHS will pickup the waste.
3. Do you have a large drum I can put my waste in?
EHS does have 55 gallon drums, but rarely does a generator actually need one. In additon to this, several safety factors must be in place to store 55 gallon drums i.e. (secondary containment up to 55 gals, fire sprinklers...)
Remember, once you put a drop of waste in a container you have ninety (90) days to get rid of the container. Few generators can fill a 55-gallon drum in 90 days (thank goodness)! It's best to pick a container that you will fill in about 75 days (11 weeks).
4. Does EHS provide containers to put my waste in?
If EHS has the desired containers, they can be provided, free of charge we keep stock of 4L bottles, 5 gal metal cans, 5 gal plastic cans. However, it is the responsibility of the generator’s department to provide all equipment and supplies necessary for proper waste disposal.
5. Why can't I use styrofoam peanuts to package waste?
Two reasons. One, they tend to build up static electricity which makes it difficult to get them off the containers. Two, newspapers packed around the containers offer better absorbency characteristics in case the container is leaking or breaks during transit.
6. How long does it take to pickup my waste?
If you submitted an eRFD the estimated removal date will be listed on the website and on the confirmation email sent to you. Make sure to have your waste labeled, in boxes and in your designated waste site prior to the date in order for EHS to pick up your waste.
7. How do I get rid of Unknown containers of waste?
CSU's RCRA Hazardous Waste permit issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that we are prohibited from taking unknown wastes.
For safety, health and disposal purposes, EHS must only accept waste properly identified by chemical name or its hazardous characteristics. It is the responsibility of the generator's department to identify the waste.
The two best methods are: (1) determine who generated the waste, who operated the lab in which the unknown waste was found or who may have knowledge of the activities conducted in the lab.
Ask them to identify the waste. (2) have a small sample analyzed by a competent laboratory to determine its hazardous constituents ~$100 a sample.
The first option may be time-consuming, however, you should NEVER guess at the waste contents.
Since some of the materials picked up by EHS are combined into bulk containers, reactions can occur if the waste is improperly labeled.
8. Can I pour chemicals down the drain with lots of extra water?
NO!!! It is not permissible by federal regulations to take waste that is the end product of a process and treat it to render it "non-hazardous." Also, federal regulations state the mixing of a hazardous waste with a non-hazardous waste creates waste which is still considered hazardous. So you cannot dilute a waste with water to make it non-hazardous. "Dilution is NOT the solution to pollution."
9. How do I get the required Hazardous waste training?
You must register for one of the listed training classes, click the link to see training schedule: Haz-Waste Training Signup
10. How do I get rid of latex paint?
Please do not submit latex paint to EHS for hazardous waste collections.
Thousands of tax dollars are spent each year disposing of latex paint as hazardous when, in fact, it is not hazardous. Use it up!
Please open and read the following PDF Document.
How to dispose of latex paint!!
Waste Area Weekly Inspections FAQ's
Print Instructions for Weekly Inspections
1. I will be out of town for a few weeks and unable to perform weekly satellite accumulation area inspections for my waste sites – what should I do?
If you will be out of town, first check if any of your trained generators will be able to perform the weekly inspection. If you have no trained generators or your trained generators will also be out of town or unable to perform the inspection, logon to Hazardous Waste Online and inactivate the site. Find the waste site(s) then select the "edit" next the waste site’s name. The update waste site page will open change the status form "Active" to "Inactive" this removes the waste site form your project. To reactivate click the "Add New Waste Site" button and add the site to your project.
During the inactivation you are declaring that no hazardous waste is present or will be generated. You will not be able to submit waste from an inactive site.
2. What if I am using another PI’s Satellite Accumulation Area site to store my waste for pick-up each week? Do I also need to inspect this site?
No, if you are using a shared waste site, meaning you drop your waste off in another PI’s location for pick-up you are not responsible for inspections of this site. You are only responsible for inspecting those sites which are listed directly under you or your PI.
3. I received a Notice of Non-Compliance after I didn’t complete my weekly satellite accumulation area inspection. What does this mean and is there any way I can have this removed from my record?
The notice of Non-Compliance you received is our way of keeping track of who is not completing their weekly satellite accumulation area inspections. As you are aware f ailure to complete a weekly satellite accumulation area inspection results in a non-compliance notification being saved in your permanent record. This record is given to the CDPHE and EPA during inspections. We cannot remove a non-compliance notification from your record once it has been issued.