Hazardous Waste Disposal

The management of hazardous waste is administered by ESH in accordance with State of Maryland regulations and University policy. It is the responsibility of each researcher/units to properly dispose of any hazardous waste that is generated as a result of research, teaching and other activities.

These guidelines have been developed to assist in that responsibility. They address the most common general categories of hazardous wastes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or to supersede any alternate waste management procedures specified in research protocols as approved by the IBC. If you have questions contact ESH.

Hazardous Waste Definition

Hazardous waste is defined as materials containing:

  • Infectious agents (to human, plants, animals)
  • Biological toxins
  • Materials derived from humans and primates (blood, body fluids, tissues)
  • Human and primate cell lines (including recombinant)
  • Recombinant animal cell lines
  • Recombinant microorganisms
  • Transgenic animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
  • Materials derived from transgenic animals (body fluids, tissues)
  • Transgenic plants
  • Recombinant materials such as plasmids, DNA/RNA, synthetic DNA