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Radiological Waste (Hazardous Waste)

Research is often made possible or enhanced by the use of radioisotopes. Some radiological waste generation is inevitable from manipulation of dispensable materials, expired sealed sources and defective X-Ray equipment. Such waste must be handled and disposed of according to state and federal regulations. The EHS Office provides support for collection, storage and disposal of [...]

Radiological Waste (Hazardous Waste)2018-10-27T03:40:49+00:00


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that USU reuse or recycle materials whenever it can be prudently accomplished. The EH&S Office has recycling programs for the following materials: Flammable liquids (used as a fuel) Fluorescent light tubes (recovery of mercury, glass and aluminum) Batteries (precious metal recovery) Thermometers (mercury recovery) [...]


Mercury Thermometer Replacement Program

Mercury thermometers are the single most common hazardous material emergency response incident on campus. If we could eliminate all mercury thermometers, we could decrease haz mat emergencies by 90 percent. In order to expedite the elimination of nonessential mercury thermometers from campus, we have instituted a trade-in policy. We will provide an environmentally safe thermometer [...]

Mercury Thermometer Replacement Program2018-10-27T03:40:50+00:00

Hazardous Waste Storage Guidelines

All waste must be in a compatible container with a tight fitting lid. The EH&S Office can provide five gallon carboys to those that generate at least one gallon per week. Other acceptable containers include empty and cleaned reagent bottles, or plastic containers. Lids must be tight fitting. Labels must accurately describe the contents of [...]

Hazardous Waste Storage Guidelines2018-10-27T03:40:50+00:00

Battery Recycling Program

All batteries contain heavy metals. Alkaline batteries contain corrosive liquids. All types and sizes of batteries are accepted into the recycling program. These include, but are not limited to: Alkaline Corrosive liquids and recyclable semi-precious metals Ni-Cd Highly toxic heavy metal Lithium Highly toxic heavy metal Lead Acid Corrosive liquids and toxic heavy metalĀ (we ask [...]

Battery Recycling Program2018-10-27T03:40:50+00:00