Hazardous and Universal Waste
Federal, State and Local regulations govern the use, handling, discharge and disposal of potentially hazardous materials to the air, water and land. For specific handling information refer to the subparts of this section for guidance and further information.
The State of Massachusetts has been authorized to enforce hazardous waste regulations. These regulations can be found on the Department of Environmental Protection website.
If you have a specific question about whether what you might generate is a hazardous waste please contact us.
Contact the Hazardous Waste Hotline at 781-736-2561 if you need to:
- Set up a hazardous waste storage area.
- Request additional labels or containers.
- Have hazardous waste picked up.
- Have biohazard material picked up.
- Have any special waste request.
Hazardous Waste Compliance Information
Weekly Hazardous Waste Area Inspection Form (Excel file, open and print)
The following material are regulated as Universal Waste:
- Hazardous batteries, primary nickel cadmium (NiCd), and button batteries;
- mercury-containing devices, such as thermostats, manometers, switches, water meters, thermometers, and gauges;
- mercury-containing lamps, such as fluorescent lamps; and
- hazardous waste pesticides.
Contact us before disposing of any of these materials. Collection areas and programs are already established on campus.
Recycling programs have also been established for additional material on campus. Contact us for information on recycling of the following:
- Paper and cardboard
- Cathode ray tubes (computer monitors and televisions)
- Scrap metal
Waste and Wastewater
The University discharges to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The discharge permit is maintained by our department. Any questions regarding discharges should be addressed to the Department.