How should I dispose of old batteries?
Batteries, including alkaline, standard,
lead-acid (such as those used on vehicles), lithium
(Li), cadmium (Cd), button cell or others
are recycled by the
Recycling Department. Small quantites of batteries may be placed
in one of the battery collection containers which have been
distributed across the campus; for larger batteries or quantites
please contact the Recycling Department to schedule a pickup.
To find your nearest battery collection container, please review
the Collection Container
list. When collection containers are full, please contact
the Recycling Department for pickup.
How should I dispose of old chemicals or paints?
All waste chemicals and
hazardous paints are disposed
by an outside
licensed contractor that
arranges proper disposal in accordance with State
and Federal regulations. Call Environmental Safety x6-6485 to
discuss and arrange
Are there any special requirements for using chemicals on the
The short answer is yes.
If you use chemicals as a part of your employment, you must
be trained on Hazard Communication (Haz-Com). This
training is a mandatory introduction to the university’s hazard
communication program, labeling requirements, personal protection
equipment, material safety data sheets and more. The training is often
referred to as “right-to-know” training; contact the Environmental
Health & Safety office x6-6485 to discuss whether this is appropriate
for your activities. In addition, all chemical storage containers
need to be properly stored, labeled and
Labeling information may be found within the laboratory safety section
of this website. Also, chemicals must be stored with
compatible materials and properly disposed when considered “waste”.
Some chemicals present exposure hazards and require the use of
ventilation, hoods or special protective equipment to adequately reduce
the hazard. Environmental Safety offers training, disposal, and
consultation services to the areas of the university that use chemicals.
Does the university still have any asbestos containing materials on
Yes, but not in many areas. Some of these
materials include floor tiles
with mastic and older
(pre-1980) fire-rated doors.
It is important to understand that these
tiles and fire doors do not represent a
health concern as long as they are in good condition.
Asbestos exposure may only
occur if these materials become
damaged such that dust is released. Some
contributing factors for dust release include drilling,
sanding, grinding or crushing by mechanical processes.
Some of the buildings which include asbeosts
containing floor tiles and fire doors: Caruthers hall, Chester Hall,
and Choptank Hall. Please report any floor tiles
in these buildings that appear damaged (or that have a high potential for damage) to
Physical Plant at x5-3020. All asbestos containing materials are managed
in accordance with state and federal regulations.