Environmental, Health & Safety Office




Hazardous Waste Disposal Procedure:

The following procedure is restricted to wastes generated by the operations of
Mercer University, because the university disposal procedure
is funded by each individual department or academic unit.

, do not bring privately generated hazardous waste to
the Mercer University campus for disposal!

Thank-you for your understanding & cooperation with this request.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Procedure
  • If your department has not previously participated in the following procedure , please call the Environmental, Health & Safety Office (EHSO) to report the initial decision to accumulate hazardous waste. If you are unsure about the hazardous status of current wastes in your facility, please call the HSO @ 301-2544.

  • The generator of hazardous waste is responsible for providing a secure site (restricted access), installation of appropriate hazard warning signs, use of proper container labeling techniques, and containment cabinets and/or secondary spill control containers. The secured site must be designated and approved as an official satellite storage facility by the EHSO.

  • Container Labels:
    Each waste container must have the following information on clearly visible labels:
    1. Chemical names of all components in the container
    2. An approximate percentage of each component in the mixture, which must add up to 100%.
    3. An approximate weight or volume of each component, and the total in the container.
    4. The beginning date that waste was placed in the container.
    5. Labeled as:  HAZARDOUS WASTE

  • Hazardous Waste Inventory Form:
    1. Each generator should complete a waste inventory form. The EHSO can provide a form, but the generator may devise an internal inventory tracking method that provides all the required information in a format consistent with the university program. Call our office for details.
    NOTE: The EHSO generally conducts two (2) disposal procedures each year.

    2.  The EHSO consolidates inventories from departments (generators), and provides the inventories to selected vendors in order to receive competitive bids. The EHSO administers the entire procedure once the inventory is received, and retains all official records of the procedure, which is mandated by Federal and State Law. The generating department will be notified of their pro-rated portion of the disposal costs, and the EHSO will request the generator to approve the necessary funds in order to complete the procedure. This is generally accomplished with a Request for Payment (RFP), which will be initiated by the EHSO.

These instructions are a summary of university hazardous waste disposal procedures. If you have questions
concerning unique
waste generation, accumulation, and storage issues within your operation, please contact
the EHSO @ (478) 301-2544.

Identification of Components in the University Waste Stream

I.          Chemical Waste

            A.         Chemical waste has many different properties, and the method(s) selected to accumulate
                        and store chemical waste will vary depending on the chemical and physical properties of the
                        waste products.  Mercer has developed methods to accumulate and store chemical waste from
                        the following operations:

                        1.         Academic and Research Laboratories
                        2.         Clinical Health Care
                        3.         Facility Maintenance
                        4.         Grounds Maintenance
                        5.         Renovation & Construction
                        6.         The Arts
                        7.         Athletics & Recreation

            B.         Categories of chemical waste:       EXAMPLES (Call EHSO for questionable items)

                  1.         “Non-Hazardous” Waste        (Other names: “Regular”, “Solid”)
                        2.         Universal Waste                   (Batteries, Mercury Light Bulbs & Switches, Computer EQP)       
                        3.         Hazardous Chemical Waste  (EPA listed hazardous chemical waste from all operations)

II.          Biological or Biohazardous Waste

           A.         “Red-bag”  is the official biohazardous labeled bags (red) which are specially processed by a
                         contract vendor for incineration.
                         Red-bag waste is meant specifically for medical, clinical, or laboratory waste which has not
                         been disinfected by:
                        1.         Autoclave
                        2.         Chemical disinfection

            B.         Sharps Containers
                        These containers should be included with the red-bag waste according to the specifications
                        of the contract vendor.

III.         Radioactive Waste

At Mercer, radioactive waste is strictly regulated by the State of Georgia Radioactive Materials License,
            under the direction of the University Radiation Safety Officer.  Contact the EHSO for details.

IV.        Animal Waste

           A.        Animal Carcasses                  (Regulated by Mercer, Call EHSO for details)
              B.        Animal Bedding                       (Regulated by Mercer, Call EHSO for details)

EHSO MU Homepage

Environmental, Health & Safety Office
Patterson Building
1508 College Street
Macon, GA  31207
(478) 301-2544