University research groups that generate hazardous waste should enroll in CHEMATIX, a web-based system to manage waste disposal. Based on CHEMATIX input, EHS will schedule waste pickup and transfer for the university.
To get started in CHEMATIX:
1. Register online
(or reset if necessary)
2. Review the CHEMATIX user manual
3. Check out the CHEMATIX website
for more information.
Once you're registered in CHEMATIX, EHS will come to your area to pick up the hazardous waste. Waste is typically picked up within 10 business days.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding waste disposal.
What happens after waste is picked up?
Waste is transferred by truck to the university's hazard waste facility at Cloverbar. There it is sorted and then sent for final disposal to licensed waste facilities in and around the City of Edmonton.
How should I label my container?
The federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act regulates the transportation of specific products. According to TDG Regulations, the following information must appear on a container label:
- Name of chemical (list all constituents)
- Quantity (weight or volume of each component)
How should I package my container?
- Ensure containers are chemically compatible with contents
- Choose containers with screw top or sealed lids
- Place leaking containers in secondary containers
- Leave 10% air space in containers in case of expansion
- Where possible, autoclave and dispose of as regular garbage
- Where autoclaving is not possible, dispose of wastes in appropriate container (e.g., box, bag or pail; sharps in designated container)
- Refer to Biosafety Manual for more information
- Use only clear plastic bags and deface radioactive labels inside the bag. If necessary, perform a contamination survey of the container, and decontaminate as required.
- In addition, if disposing of liquid scintillation vials, separate glass from plastic vials and double bag waste or box in original shipping container.