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Environmental Compliance keeps our environment – and ourselves – safe from a variety of pollutants, toxins and hazardous waste commonly found in labs, classrooms and even our homes.

Stormwater

Following rainfall, stormwater runoff can pick up pollutants on the ground – such as oil, grease, human and animal waste and toxic materials – and carry them into our lakes streams and rivers, either directly or through the storm sewers. 

That’s why it’s important that we carefully dispose of those substances and, most importantly, never pour them down a storm drain.

Learn more about stormwater management:

Hazardous Waste

Protect the university community and the environment from the dangers of improper handling  and disposal of hazardous waste by ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations. These resources will help you learn how to set up a safe accumulation area, respond to an emergency and request pickup of hazardous waste.

Satellite Accumulation Areas

Maintaining a safe satellite accumulation area near any point of hazardous waste generation is central to proper disposal of waste. Learn how to set up and manage your area:

Emergency Response

Don’t get caught off guard; be ready for a hazardous-waste related emergency:

Hazardous Waste Pick-Up

Ready for waste pick up? Environmental Health & Safety can help you safely remove hazardous waste.

Need a quick tutorial on how to request a pick-up? 

Universal Waste

Universal Wastes are a special family of wastes which are regulated differently from the rules governing hazardous waste. There are three types of Universal Waste which are commonly generated in Florida International University workplaces:

Batteries

  • Includes all types of rechargeable batteries (of any size), car batteries, batteries removed from Uninterrupted Power Supplies ("UPSs"), batteries containing toxic heavy metals such as lead or cadmium, nickel metal hydride batteries, and lithium ion batteries
  • Does not include alkaline batteries, which may be disposed of as normal trash
  • Place batteries in a rigid outer container such as a box or bucket
  • Label as "Universal Waste-Batteries"
  • Write accumulation start date immediately and call Custodial Services for pickup (x4630), or you can drop off in person at:
    • MMC - Campus Support Complex (CSC), Room 1132
    • BBC - Academic Center 1 (AC1), Room 195

 Lamps/Light Bulbs

  • Includes all types of fluorescent bulbs (including compacts), high-intensity bulbs ("HIDs"), Mercury lamps, UV bulbs, projector bulbs, and U-tube or circular bulbs
  • Does not include incandescent bulbs, which may be disposed of as normal trash
  • Place bulbs/lamps in a rigid outer container such as a box or bucket that is structurally sound, adequate to prevent breakage, compatible with the contents, and closed
  • Label as "Universal Waste-Mercury Containing Lamps"
  • Write accumulation start date immediately and call Custodial Services for pickup (x4630), or you can drop off in person at:
    • MMC - Campus Support Complex (CSC), Room 1132
    • BBC - Academic Center 1 (AC1), Room 195

 Mercury-Containing Devices

  • Includes mercury-containing thermometers, thermostats, manometers, sphygmomanometers, mercury switches, and mercury tube control devices
  • Place device in a rigid outer container such as a box or bucket
  • Contain broken devices in a sealable plastic bag within the rigid outer container to prevent Mercury spillage
  • Label as "Universal Waste- Mercury Containing Devices"
  • Place device in a rigid outer container such as a box or bucket
  • Write accumulation start date immediately and call EH&S for pickup (x2622)

Pesticides are also disposed of as universal waste. If you have pesticides you need to get rid of, please contact EH&S directly at ext. 2622.

Filling out the universal waste label, be sure to include the following elements:

  • Start date (the date in which the product was deemed spent)
  • The words "Universal Waste _____"
    • Fill in either lamps, mercury containing devices, or batteries in the blank