1.7 Types of Waste That May Be Hazardous

Many activities at The University of Iowa are likely to generate specific types of waste that may or may not be hazardous. All waste must be examined and a determination made as to whether the waste is hazardous or not. The following is a general breakdown of the various activities and the types of hazardous waste they are likely to generate.

Arts

Paints, solvents, thinners, inks, acids, glazes, pigments, silver, stains, preservatives, photochemicals, metal dust, and heavy metals.

Groundskeeping

Pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fertilizers, oil, oil filters, cleaners.

Hospital

Solvents, acids, bases, stains, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, mercury, gases, carcinogens, batteries, various reagent chemicals.

Housekeeping

Drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, caustics, aerosol cans, cleaning solvents, disinfectants.

Laboratories

Solvents, acids, bases, stains, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, aerosol cans, mercury, gases, carcinogens, batteries, various reagent chemicals.

Maintenance

Oil, batteries (lead-acid, NiCad, mercury, lithium, etc.), thermostats/thermocouples (containing mercury), degreasers, muriatic acid, parts cleaning solvents, metal dust, water treatment chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, aerosol cans.

Operations and Maintenance

Solvents, paints, solvent and paint soaked rags/towels, paint booth filters, thinners, strippers, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, aerosol cans, disinfectants, oil, batteries (lead-acid, NiCad, mercury, lithium, etc.), thermostats/thermocouples (containing mercury), degreasers, parts cleaning solvents, water treatment chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, muriatic acid, caustics, rodenticides, grease, cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, PCB, metal dust.

Painting Operations

Solvent and paint soaked rags/towels, paints, stains, preservatives, paint booth filters, thinners/solvents, strippers, aerosol cans.

Printing

Solvents, inks, solvent and ink soaked rags/towels, oil

Vehicle Maintenance

Oil, oil filters, fuel filters, parts cleaning solvent, cleaners, caustics, gasoline, brake fluid, transmissions fluid, paint, batteries.