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Dry Waste (Contaminated Materials)
Summary: Dry materials which have been contaminated with a hazardous chemical waste must be handled, stored, and disposed of properly.

Examples of dry waste include, but are not limited to:

  • Contaminated soils
  • Ethidium bromide or acrylamide gels
  • Dried chemicals that are in scrapable amounts on various surfaces
  • Extremely hazardous waste containers or debris that are contaminated with extremely hazardous substances
  • Contact EH&S if polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or large amounts of soil are involved

Contaminated labware includes saturated or scrapable amounts of chemicals on items such as:

  • Plastic labware
  • Kimwipes
  • Towels
  • Pipette tips
  • Gloves
  • Containers less than five gallons that are contaminated with chemicals that cannot be easily removed
  • Clean-up debris from a spill

If the labware cannot be cleaned and reused, then you should:

  • Double-bag the contaminated labware in clear plastic bags
  • Attach a completed UCLA hazardous waste tag
  • Dispose at the chemical waste pick-up for your building

Hazardous Materials Manager | Phone: (310) 794-5569

Hazardous Waste Line (to schedule a pickup)
Phone: (310) 206-1887


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