Regulated Waste Management

Many different types of waste are generated at the University. Some of this waste is regulated by local, state, and federal environmental regulations due to its potential to harm people or the environment. Generators of these waste are responsible for the proper collection, handling, labeling and storage of these waste in their work area.

Contact EHRS at 215-707-2520 if you have any questions regarding the handling or disposal of a hazardous or regulated waste.

No regulated waste should be placed in general trash, flushed down drains or otherwise inappropriately disposed.

Biohazardous Waste Management Program

All biological, infectious, and chemotherapeutic waste that is generated at the University must be properly managed and disposed.

Chemical Waste Management Program

The proper disposal of waste chemical at Temple University is necessary to meet our stewardship and regulatory compliance requirements.

  • Chemical Waste Management Manual
    This online manual is a written plan to address how the University manages all chemical waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) generated from university laboratories, support services and operations to ensure disposal is done in compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
  • Chemical Waste Pickup Request
    Individuals may submit chemical waste disposal request to Environmental Health and Radiation Safety

Controlled Substances

Controlled substances that are expired or are no longer of use to your research must be disposed of through a reverse distributor.

Electronic Equipment

“E-Waste. “electronic waste”, and “e-scrap” are terms used to describe used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are disposed, donated, or give to a recycler.

Radioactive Waste

Radioactive waste is generated by both medical and research used of radioactive material within the University and affiliated hospitals.

Universal Waste

Federal and state regulations identify eight categories of materials that can be managed as Universal Waste: Batteries, Lamps, Mercury-Containing Equipment, Thermostats, Pesticides, Oil-based Finishes, Photographic Solutions and Aerosol Cans. 


EHRS Training

EHRS offers a wide variety of training courses to increase your knowledge, improve your ability to recognize and mitigate risk, and help maintain a safe work environment.