Best Management Practices – Methods or techniques found to be the most effective and practical means in achieving an objective (such as preventing or minimizing pollution) while making the optimum use of the firm's resources.

Biological Waste – Material that contains, or may contain pathogens that can cause disease in human or animals, or that poses any other risk requiring autoclave treatment or disinfection before final disposal.

CFR – Code of Federal Regulations

DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency

Electronic Waste – Includes electrical or battery operated devices, or appliances such as computers or lab equipment that require recycling or special disposal due to the presence of toxic metals or other contaminants.

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

Hazardous Material – Any substance regulated by the Department of Transportation because the material poses an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property during transport.

Hazardous Waste – Listed or characteristic waste regulated for handling and disposal as defined by the EPA Resource Conservation & Recovery Act.

IAC – Indiana Administrative Code

Non-Hazardous Waste – Waste that does not meet the definition of a RCRA hazardous waste; but may still be regulated as a hazardous material under Department of Transportation Regulations during transportation.

Non-Regulated Waste – Waste that does not meet the definition of a RCRA hazardous waste, and also does not meet the definition of a Department of Transportation hazardous material during transportation.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Waste – Waste contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls in excess of 50 parts per million.

RCRA – Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

TSCA – Toxic Substances Control Act

Universal Waste – Certain wastes that meet the definition of a hazardous waste but have modified regulatory requirements to encourage recycling.  Includes batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury containing equipment and certain pesticides.

Waste Chemical - Any expired, spent or unwanted chemical or chemical mixture, including hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.

Waste Minimization - Procedures to minimize the volume and/or toxicity of hazardous waste produced at the University.

References and Attachments

Click here for more information regarding Disposal Options for Specific Chemicals.

Click here for more information regarding Satellite Accumulation Area Requirements.

Click here for additional information regarding Chemical Compatibility.

Click here for examples of Labels by Waste Type.

Click here for additional information regarding Hazardous Waste Determinations.