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Hazardous Waste

EHSS team is responsible for expertly handling the safe disposal of hazardous materials throughout the campus.

As of 2020, EHSS has a new Hazardous Waste Management Plan. This plan includes new Satellite accumulation area signs and hazardous waste labels.

Hazardous waste management, identification, labeling, handling, storage, and disposal are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have authority over the hazardous waste program in Idaho. DEQ regularly conducts unannounced complete compliance inspections of ISU. Hazardous waste regulations are codified federally at 40 CFR Parts 260-273 and in Idaho at IDAPA 58.01.05.  ISU produces hazardous waste through operational activities, research, academic and technological programs.

A waste is considered hazardous if it meets the federal definition of hazardous waste.

The Plan can be viewed here: 

EHS encourages all hazardous waste generators to consider ways to minimize hazardous waste generation. EHS can assist in identifying waste minimization strategies.

EHSS removes hazardous waste from satellite accumulation areas in laboratories, work areas and classrooms on the Pocatello Campus weekly. Other campuses and non-contiguous facilities are serviced directly by Idaho State’s hazardous waste disposal vendor every 6 months.  Hazardous waste containers and labels can be requested through the waste pick-up request form.  

Recent updates to the hazardous waste rules included a provision for making a hazardous waste determination at the point of generation. EHS has developed resources for assisting in making a hazardous waste determination and is available for consultation and assistance. Hazardous waste determination forms should be maintained at the point of generation.