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Environmental Affairs

The Environmental Affairs (EA) Unit facilitates compliance with federal and state environmental regulations. EA manages environmental risk by developing policies, procedures, training, and consulting programs for the University community. EA supports faculty, staff and students in labs, offices, and maintenance shops. EA manages the university’s compliance programs in the following environmental regulatory arenas: regulated waste management, air quality (Title V) permits, fuel and oil storage tank management, water quality permits, environmental assessments, and real estate initiatives.

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Hazardous Waste

Waste & Waste Pickups

University of Maryland faculty, staff and students who have hazardous waste management responsibilities on campus must take Hazardous Waste Generator Training annually. Generators of Radioactive Waste must take the Radioactive Waste Generator Training annually. Generators of Biohazard Waste must take the Biohazard Waste Disposal Training. Regulated Waste Pickup and Removal Requests are available online (use for Hazardous, Chemical, Biological, Pathological, Medical and Low-level Radioactive Waste).

Spill Cleanup


The Emergency Response Guide includes information on how to deal with emergencies and spills. Each lab should have a chemical response spill kit. You may order a chemical response spill kit or replacement items for the spill kit from Chemistry Stores. 

Clean-Up Procedures for Broken Fluorescent Lamps.

Waste Minimization Chart Waste Minimization

Waste Minimization is a waste management approach that focuses on reducing the amount and toxicity of hazardous waste generated. EPA encourages the minimization of all wastes. Waste minimization techniques focus on preventing waste from ever being created, otherwise known as source reduction, and recycling. The Campus Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization Guidelines will help you minimize the environmental impact of your waste producing operation. It may be difficult for your operation to minimize its waste. By its very nature, research is often the process of studying something and throwing it away. Unlike larger industrial processes, the multitude of irregular laboratory operations are intrinsically more difficult to control. Still there are many things you can do to prevent pollution and minimize hazardous waste both in your laboratory and in other campus operations.

Shelf of chemicals

How Do I Properly Manage My Waste?

A common question ESSR receives is where can I put my waste? Can it be poured down the drain or placed in the trash can? This page is designed to give guidance on the safe disposal of unused, off-spec, or outdated chemicals currently residing in labs.

Label for Hazardous Waste Resources