What do I do with Chemically Contaminated Debris?

Chemically contaminated lab debris (gloves, paper towels, wipes, absorbent paper, gels) must be evaluated for proper disposal. In general, lab debris that is not grossly contaminated may be disposed of in the trash. However, debris must be collected as hazardous waste if it falls into one or more of the following categories:

  • Grossly contaminated with a hazardous chemical (free liquids and solids)
  • Spill clean-up materials
  • Debris contaminated with P listed chemicals
  • Debris contaminated with over the regulated quantities of TCLP contaminants.
  • Debris that is either grossly contaminated or falls into one of the above categories should be collected separately from non-hazardous debris. Follow the Instructions for Hazardous Waste Disposal.