Hazardous Waste Minimization

The office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety aims to reduce hazardous waste generated by the campus through waste minimization measures that include educational training programs, consultation regarding substitution of toxic chemicals and cleaning agents, change in experimental procedures to use less volume of hazardous chemical and/or reduce volume/toxicity of chemicals as final steps in a process, and surplus chemical exchange.

If you would like to institute a source reduction and waste minimization program in your department, contact EHS at (707) 826-5711.

Guidelines for Minimizing Hazardous Waste

What is Waste Minimization?

Waste Minimization is any action that:

  • Decreases the amount of hazardous waste generated
  • Reduces the toxicity of the waste generated

How Does Waste Minimization Benefit HSU?

  • Lowers Disposal Costs
  • Reduces Health Hazards
  • Reduces Long-term Liabilities for Disposal
  • Promotes Environmental Ethics
  • Prevents Pollution

Source Reduction and Waste Minimization Tips

  • Maintain good housekeeping
  • Clearly mark the contents of all containers of hazardous materials
  • Keep an up-to-date inventory of all hazardous materials
  • Assess all waste generated and determine if it is necessary and how it could be minimized.
  • Substitute less hazardous chemicals for hazardous ones
  • Look for others in your department who could use your unwanted chemicals
  • Substitute instruments and equipment to generate the least amount of waste possible
  • Reduce the scale of processes so that less waste is generated
  • Include source reduction and waste minimization in student and employee training sessions, and grant proposals