Hazardous Waste Management

The Hazardous Waste Program provides guidelines for the disposal of all chemical, radiological, biological, explosive, and potentially unstable waste produced at the university. Most of the chemicals received are sent for disposal to a local hazardous waste contractor. Radioactive waste is stored and where possible is decayed to background levels prior to disposal. Biological waste is sterilized in the lab prior to disposal at the Brady landfill.

WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE?

In Manitoba a hazardous waste can be defined as any substance that was a dangerous good, which is no longer used for its original purpose, but still exhibits characteristics of a dangerous good. Any waste which has one or more of the following properties listed below must be treated as a hazardous waste.

  • FLAMMABLE
  • CORROSIVE
  • TOXIC
  • REACTIVE
  • COMPRESSED GAS
  • RADIOACTIVE
  • BIOHAZARDOUS
  • POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE/UNKNOWN

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