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Health & Safety Manual - Environmental Safety

3.2 Waste Identification

Every type of waste that is generated needs to be managed in a manner specifically appropriate to that waste stream.  The application of incorrect or inappropriate waste management techniques, or the deliberate commingling of incompatible waste streams, can have significant adverse consequences for both the individual laboratory and the Columbia University community.  The following sections detail the waste handling procedures for Chemical/Hazardous Waste (section 3.3), Radioactive Waste (section 3.5), and Regulated Medical Waste (section 2.12).  Information on handling special waste streams can be found in section 3.4.  For clarification on any of these procedures, or for more information, contact the EH&S office.