Hazardous waste includes but is not limited to materials such as paints, dyes, oils, pesticides and household cleaners. Pouring down the drain, on the ground, into sewers, or in some cases into the trash are only some of the improper ways to dispose of such chemicals.
If you are uncertain about a certain spill, chemical, or product, please contact the EHS Office and someone can come review/remove the questionable material.
Suggestions to reduce your hazardous waste around campus
- Cell phones and rechargeable batteries in laptops, cameras, and other electronics can be recycled at certain retail stores. Check it out online at Call to Recycle
- Replace regular alkaline batteries with rechargeable batteries and charger.
- Think before you buy and check for alternative purchases. When you are finished with your electronics, donate/give them to friends/family/charity.
- Try to borrow items, rent from the University, or share with a friend. This can save you money and cuts down on waste material.
- Never dispose of chemicals in the trash. If on campus, contact the EHS Office at 535.2409. For off campus, consult with your landlord or contact the Plymouth Recycling Center at 536-2378. They can assist with the proper handling and disposal of chemicals.
- Wear clothes that do not need to be dry-cleaned, and that use less energy and high-end bleach and detergents.
- Invest in good-quality, long-lasting products. Paying more upfront may mean paying less, or buying less, in the future.