Office of Research

Hazardous Waste Management

posterBoth the U.S. EPA and the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control regulate the disposal of chemical wastes. In South Carolina, the State regulations closely parallel the Federal ones.

In South Carolina, people who generate hazardous wastes (“Generators”) are required to have training. Hazardous Waste training is available here: How to Dispose of Chemical Waste

Many chemicals, chemical mixtures, solvents, and solvent mixtures are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Under RCRA, a chemical can either be listed, where it is mentioned by name in the regulation, or characteristic. RCRA characteristics include flammability, reactivity (including containing cyanide and sulfides), corrosivity, and toxicity.

Chemical wastes are also regulated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Clean-up, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which prohibits disposal of any material into the environment which is harmful to the environment. Both the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act regulate emissions in to air and water.

RCRA Hazardous Waste D list RCRA Hazardous Waste F list
RCRA Hazardous Waste P list RCRA Hazardous Waste U list


For pickup of hazardous items please use the appropriate form:

  Hazardous Waste / Biohazardous Waste

To All Hazardous Waste Generators on 3rd and 4th floors of Hunter Hall,

Due to the scheduled work on the Hunter elevator and the resulting outage along with safety hazards and concerns during this time, Research Safety’s Hazardous Materials Daily Operations will be altering its schedule for removing wastes from all labs and generation sites located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Hunter Hall. The start date for the outage will be May 15 and it is estimated to last 5 to 8 weeks. While the Hunter elevator is down, no hazardous or biohazardous waste will be removed from the 3rd and 4th floors.

To help keep your labs/generation sites in compliance during this outage, Hazardous Materials personnel will do the following:

1)      The week of May 8-12 will be dedicated to servicing your labs/generation sites on the 3rd and 4th floors.

2)      All waste removal requests received up until end of business on May 10, will receive priority over other pickups during this week. 

We need you to:

1)      Check your labs/generation areas prior to the deadline of submittal (May 10), for any hazardous or biohazardous waste.

2)      Declare all waste, even if the containers are not full, as soon as possible beginning the week of May 1 up until the deadline.

3)      If we supply you with waste containers, determine the number of containers that you will need during the downtime to safely manage your waste, keeping in mind the total amount of waste you can have to remain a Satellite Accumulation Area is 55 gallons of regulated hazardous waste or 2.2 pounds of a P-listed waste.

4)      Submit the supplies list at the same time you submit your request for a waste removal.

Please remember, under the hazardous waste regulations, you cannot move hazardous waste from the point of generation, your lab, to another area or floor. If it is not safe for us to transport hazardous waste up and down the stairwells, it is not safe for you either.

If you have specific supply needs or questions regarding declaring or scheduling your waste removals during the week of May 8-12, please contact Logan O’Bryant or Jon Mengering

Please contact the Hazardous Materials Manager, June Brock-Carroll, immediately if you feel you will exceed the amount of waste allowed during this outage or you have questions or concerns about this procedure.

Proper chemical storage is required to minimize the hazards associated with leaks, spills, and accidental mixing of incompatible chemicals. Please follow the link below for the General Chemical Storage Guidelines:

Chemical Storage Guidelines


SC DHEC Lead Based Paint Waste & Residue Disposal Advisory


The Hazardous Waste Management Manual is available either Online HERE of as a pdf: Hazardous Waste Management Manual


HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINER LABELS ( MS Word format for Avery label #5163)

BioWaste Labels


Satellite Accumulation Inspection Procedure   SAA Poster with Instructions


Disposal of Controlled Drugs (DEA) and disposal of Pharmaceuticals at Clemson University Main Campus

Video: Nitric Acid Wastes: Preventing Chemical Incompatibility Hazards

For questions, comments or concerns, please contact the CU Office of Research Safety Hazardous Materials Manager and/or the Safety and Waste Services Manager.


Contact the Hazardous Materials Manager for assistance in classifying and disposing of your wastes, or any questions you may have.