Hazardous Waste and Materials

Hazardous Waste

Is my waste hazardous? The Environmental Health & Safety Office can assist with determining specific cases, with compliant labeling and container selection. If you have a request or questions, please contact EHS at 805-756-6678 or email at hazwaste@calpoly.edu.

What's new with Cal Poly's Hazardous Waste Program?

Beginning Fall 2022, Cal Poly campus generators have access to a new waste labeling and management tool called WASTe (Waste Accumulation Storage Tracking electronically). This tool is within Cal Poly’s Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS) program. RSS is already being used on the campus for inspections and chemical inventories. All campus “laboratories” and “shops” should already (or will soon) have access to RSS. You may need to be assigned to a “role” and a “group” in order to access RSS and Waste. Contact your principal investigator (PI), lab manager, supervisor or EHS if you do not have access. You can also review the Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS) Web Page for more resources, training, and guidance.

Laboratories which have dedicated waste technician staff that consolidate routine wastes within the department will NOT transition to WASTe at this time. How do you know if that’s you? If your waste containers were previously labeled with the red waste tags, you can now use the WASTe application in RSS to generate your container Tags (labels) and request waste pickups. Contact EHS at hazwaste@calpoly.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Managing Hazardous Waste for non-RSS Users, Laboratory Clean Outs and non-Routine Waste Generation

If you are not a user of RSS (office spaces), have expired materials which are in the original packaging or otherwise are not able to use WASTe in RSS to request a hazardous waste pickup, please use the REQUEST A PICK-UP FORM below. Please do NOT transport hazardous materials to Environmental Health & Safety without prior approval. If you have any questions or concerns, please call EHS/Facilities Help Center at 805-756-5555 or email hazwaste@calpoly.edu.

To request new containers for accumulating hazardous waste, please use the REQUEST WASTE SUPPLIES Form below.