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Campus Waste and Disposal

Campus Waste and Disposal


Waste Disposal During Campus Closure

Despite the campus closure and limited staffing, EH&S is continuing regular disposal as necessary during this time. We ask that if you have hazardous chemical waste or have been approved to continue research on campus, please contact your stockroom technicians for your area to decide where to appropriately store your hazardous waste until a disposal can be arranged. If this is an urgent request, please contact our main office at ext. 5179 to leave a detailed message and we will arrange a pick up as soon as possible. If this is an emergency, please call 911. Thank you for your patience as we work through these unprecedented times. 

What is Waste?

Anything that is discarded, including items being recycled and gaseous emissions from manufacturing and certain chemicals, is considered “waste.” The most common waste generated on the CSUSB campus is solid waste, which also includes sludge, liquids, and “contained gaseous materials.” Most of the solid waste generated at CSUSB can be disposed of in the general waste landfill without creating an environmental hazard. 

General Waste 

If the waste is free of any radiological, biological, or hazardous chemical contamination it may be placed in a dumpster to enter the landfill trash stream or sent for recycling for further processing. This type of waste may be considered “general waste” and is handled by the Department of Facilities Planning and Management. Examples of general waste include boxes, office paper, uneaten food items, Styrofoam containers, and food wrappers. To further promote the importance of recycling and sustainability, EH&S partners with the Office of Sustainability whenever possible. For more information on Resilient CSUSB and ways CSUSB reduces regulated wastes, please contact the Office of Sustainability 

Regulated Waste

CSUSB classroom and research activities generate other types of waste which are regulated, including biological, radiological, and hazardous chemical waste. These items ARE NOT ALLOWED into a dumpster and must be handled following local, state, and federal regulations. These items fall under regulatory oversight and may result in fines to the university if the regulations are not adhered to. 

Below is additional information regarding the types of waste that are regulated and who to contact for proper disposal. This information is intended as a guide to ensure that proper methods of disposal are in place. If you would like a consultation or more information, please submit an EH&S Service Request and an EH&S specialist will be happy to assist you.