The Idaho Hazardous Waste Management Act (HWMA) requires all hazardous waste generators to submit an annual report. As a large quantity generator of hazardous waste from laboratory, office and shop operations, the University of Idaho must satisfy this requirement. To assist in the collection of information pertaining to waste generation on campus, please cap or close all containers you are currently using to accumulate hazardous waste and submit a Chemical Waste Collection Request for each container no later than Monday, December 31, 2012. This appeal applies only to those containers for which you have not already submitted a collection request.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?
In previous years, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) distributed an “Idaho Hazardous Waste Generator” form and asked generators to fill out the form for each container. This year, we are asking all generators to simply cap or close any hazardous waste containers, including partially full containers, and submit them for collection by EHS. To make a waste collection request, go to the Chemical Waste Collection Request form on the EHS website. Make sure you do not duplicate any requests that you have already submitted. Do not add additional waste to the closed container(s) once you have entered a collection request. The deadline for submittal is December 31, 2012.
WHICH HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINERS ARE INVOLVED?
We must develop and submit to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality a comprehensive inventory of all hazardous waste generated by the University of Idaho during calendar year 2012. Submit an online Chemical Waste Collection Request for all chemical waste that has accumulated within your laboratories or other work areas through December 31, 2012, AND for which you have not already entered a collection request. Chemical waste includes any “Universal Waste” such as fluorescent lamps and batteries. Enter a request for each container. We will include this information as waste generated during calendar year 2012 but not yet collected for disposal by EHS.
DOES THIS APPLY TO OFF-CAMPUS GENERATORS SUCH AS RESEARCH & EXTENSION CENTERS?
Yes, off-campus generators should follow the same protocol as described above.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
Please enter the Chemical Waste Collection Requests by no later than December 31, 2012. Because of the holiday break, EHS staff will not be readily available after December 21, 2012 should you have any questions or concerns.
If you have any questions, or if this new method presents a problem, please call me at 208-885-2883 or email email@example.com. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in completing the annual report.