For each waste type to be disposed of, you must submit an online Waste Pickup Request (e-510 form). Typically, this is done once the container accumulating the waste in the lab is full. Submittal of the e-510 form alerts EHS that a hazardous waste designation is to be made (by the EHS Hazardous Materials Manager) and triggers the scheduling of the waste pick-up. If you are requesting pickup from a research laboratory, you must have a valid ONYEN, a current registration with EHS as a Principal Investigator or Laboratory Worker and an updated Laboratory Safety Plan. If you work in multiple labs, you must have a worker registration form for each lab. Go to the ONYEN website if you do not have an ONYEN, your ONYEN has expired, or you have forgotten your password. If the system blocks you from entering an online pickup request, contact EHS at 919-962-5507 for further assistance.

If you are not a Principal Investigator or Laboratory Worker, or if you wish to request waste pickup from a location other than a laboratory, choose the “Non-PI Organizations/Locations” field on the waste pickup screen. You do not need an ONYEN to request a non-lab waste pickup. If your non-lab location is not among the drop-down menu choices under “Non-PI”, contact the Hazardous Materials Manager at 919-962-5509 for further assistance.

Do not use older, paper versions of the Hazardous Materials Transfer Form. The online request is the only approved method for requesting waste pickup. The EHS website offers a tutorial for using the online e-510 waste disposal form.

Below are condensed instructions for completing the e-510 form. These instructions are specific to the PI/Registered Lab Worker portal that you must have a valid ONYEN and password to enter. However, most of these instructions also apply to non-PI/non-lab waste pickup requests. From the EHS main website, under Chemical Disposal, type in your current ONYEN and password.

  • Click on the “Make New Request as PI” field under the Chemical Waste Pickup Menu.
  • Next, choose the name of the faculty member responsible for the laboratory and click “submit”.
  • Room and Building: Choose the building where the waste is located from the drop-down menu, and list the room number.
  • Contents: Identify waste as liquid, solid, or gas. Indicate if liquid waste is aqueous solution, organic solvent, or other.
  • pH value: Complete for aqueous solutions that contain corrosives (acids or bases); otherwise, enter 7 as pH.
  • Mixed chemicals: Indicate whether waste generators mixed chemical constituents before (“new”) or after (“used”) use. This affects proper classification of solvent wastes and may provide a basis for waste minimization, as non-hazardous materials become hazardous waste when mixed with a hazardous waste.
  • Chemical composition: List all constituents and their estimated percentages. Total must add up to 100 percent. Do not use abbreviations or chemical formulas. Include percentages of water, already listed, if any.
  • Container size: List size of the waste container (gallon, liter, etc.)
  • Container type: Identify the container type from drop-down menu; choose “other” if your container type is not otherwise listed.
  • Weight: Net weight of the contents, in kilograms (required for regulatory purposes). We estimate that a liter of liquid weighs one kilogram.
  • Number of containers: Give the number of containers of equal type, size, and contents that you want to have picked up.
  • Notes: List any additional information that will assist EHS, or any special pickup instructions. For example, indicate where to find the waste in the room if the location is not obvious (e.g. refrigerator, cabinet).

After submitting your request, you will see a pickup request confirmation. If all information is correct, press the confirm button at bottom of page. You will receive an e-mail indicating that your request was received and is under review. After the Hazardous Materials Manager reviews and approves the request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that includes a hyperlink to the Hazardous Material Transfer Form. You must print out this form and affix it to the waste container(s). This marks the waste for pickup. During the approval process, the Hazardous Materials Manager may send you an email for more information. This email will reference the identification number you received by email when you submitted the waste. Prompt replies allow your waste to be approved and the waste technicians to schedule your waste for pickup.

Figure 12.5
Left: Hazardous Material Transfer Form example.
Right: Forms attached to waste bottles awaiting pickup.