Office Of Environmental Health & Safety

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
170 Cullinane Hall
Boston, MA 02115-5000

phone: 617.373.2769
fax: 617.373.7622 Image 2

Waste Minimization

The U.S. Congress has made waste minimization a national policy and goal of each waste generator. You as a user of chemicals, have the responsibility to minimize the waste you generate. Waste minimization has benefits such as decreasing your exposure to hazardous substances, protection of the environment, and the overall reduction in the cost of disposal which frequently can exceed the original cost of the chemical by 4 to 20 times. Waste minimization includes such things as changing procedures, reducing scale and substituting materials. In addition, if you have chemicals that you no longer have a use for and feel it could be recycled within the University, please contact EHS. A Chemical Recycling Redistribution List is now available to allow chemicals to be reused across campus rather than being disposed of as a hazardous waste.

Chemical Recycling List

This site has been established to provide Northeastern University the opportunity to recycle unused chemicals that would otherwise be disposed of as hazardous waste. For more information about, or to select and receive a chemical(s) on this list, please e-mail the Hazardous Waste Manager at the Office of Environmental Health and Safety with your request. If you have new or unused chemicals that may be useful for other Northeastern University departments you can send us a list of them through the mail (170 CN) or e-mail the Hazardous Waste Manager. Please include the following information: full chemical name (common name), amount in container, approximate age of container, opened or unopened, and manufacturer.

The chemical recycling list also includes a "Chemicals Wanted" section. Faculty or staff that are looking for chemical(s) available at the University that another person may no longer want or is willing to share, can be put in touch with one another. This realocation or sharing of chemicals will help save the University money (purchasing new chemicals) and keep excesss or unwanted chemicals from being disposed of as hazardous waste (additional savings by avoiding disposal costs).

Go to: List of Chemicals Available or Wanted

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