Waste Container Policy

University policy as endorsed by the Purdue University Chemical Management Committee has always been for hazardous waste generators to provide containers for the waste they generate. Previously, Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) has assisted customers and provided containers when available. Since this service was subject to the availability of containers, often adequate containers were not available when needed. Materials Management and Distribution (MMDC) in cooperation with REM's Hazardous Materials Management section have worked to stock various sizes of containers for chemical waste accumulation. (Order numbers and descriptions are provided at the bottom of this page.) We feel the new availability of containers on campus will speed accessibility to containers and promote responsible and compliant chemical waste management.

Although drums will be available from stores, please consult with REM before storing waste in 20, 30 and 55 gallon quantities since this amount of hazardous materials may pose a safety or compliance concern if stored in laboratories. Please remember that containers must be compatible with the waste being placed in those containers. If you are unsure of the type of container to use contact REM for assistance.

REM's Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) section will make an effort to return containers larger than four liters if the containers in good condition if they are marked for return with the building name and room number. The container return process may take several weeks since the material may be stored and processed further at our facility. Containers that are damaged or no longer suitable for storage of waste will be discarded. Metal five-gallon cans with pop-out plastic spouts will not be returned. If you have questions or concerns please contact the REM HMM Section at (765) 494-0121.

University Stores Order Numbers
ITEM#DESCRIPTION
50-041002 55 GAL STEEL CLOSED TOP, RECONDITION
50-041003 55 GAL POLY CLOSED TOP, RECONDITION
50-041004 55 GAL STEEL OPEN TOP, RECONDITION
50-041005 55 GAL POLY OPEN TOP, NEW
50-041006 30 GAL POLY OPEN TOP, NEW
50-041007 30 GAL POLY CLOSED TOP, RECONDITION
50-041008 5 GAL SCREW TOP BUCKET