Universal Waste Policy Statement
Title: Universal Waste Disposal Policy
All used or unwanted lamps and compacts generated at Columbia
University must be disposed of as Universal Waste. Lamps
are considered Universal Wastes when discarded and to be
handled in accordance with Subpart 374-3. If a lamp
is cracked or broken the lamp must be managed as Hazardous
All used or unwanted batteries generated at Columbia University
must be disposed as either Universal Waste or Hazardous Waste. Spent
lead-acid batteries along with all other types of batteries,
such as alkaline, nickel cadmium, nickel iron, nickel metal
hydride, carbon zinc, zinc air, mercuric oxide, button cells,
silver oxide, zinc carbon (mercury-containing), mercury,
alkaline (mercury-containing), lithium metal, ion and magnesium,
lead-acid and sealed lead -acid (non-automotive), are all
considered to be Universal wastes when discarded and to be
handled in accordance with Subpart 374-3. If a battery
is cracked or leaking the battery must be managed as Hazardous
To dispose of used or unwanted batteries, several containers
have been placed around the campus for battery collection. If
no container is available or if a battery is cracked or leaking
contact EH&S using their chemical waste pickup form: http://vesta.cumc.columbia.edu/ehs/wastepickup/ to have EH&S pickup within 3 business days.
Columbia University recycles all computer monitors and electronic
components/equipment. These devices may contain heavy
metals, such as lead, that are hazardous to the environment
when disposed of incorrectly. If you have unwanted
equipment, please contact facilities at (212) 854-2222 (MS) or (212)305-7367 (CUMC) to have it
picked up. http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8788.html
PURPOSE: To dispose of Universal Waste
in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.
RESPONSIBILITY: All parties handing
Universal Waste at Columbia University.
APPLICABILITY: Columbia University
in the City of New York.
- Place all lamps inside of the appropriate containers located
in the lamp cage in the tunnel area.
- Do not break lamps, broken lamps must be properly containerized
and handled as Hazardous Waste. Broken lamps must be
swept up and put inside of the white bucket labeled Hazardous
Waste located inside of the lamp cage.
- Once lamps are placed in their appropriate containers they
must be properly capped.
- All empty containers are located on the left side of the
cage. Once lamps are placed in a container the container
must be moved to the right side of the cage.
- Place batteries inside of either the plastic drum (small
batteries) or the roll out container (large batteries) located
in the battery cage in the grove tunnel.
- Broken or leaking batteries must be properly containerized
and handled as Hazardous Waste. Contact EH&S at
(212)854-8749 (MS) or (212)305-6780 (CUMC) to handle broken or leaking batteries
- Place electronics inside of the computer cage located in
the grove tunnel.
- Do not throw or break electronics
- Place all ballasts in 55 gallon drum located in the battery
cage in the grove tunnel or universal waste storage area.
Q: How do I properly dispose of my batteries?
A: Batteries must be collected for proper
disposal in accordance with Hazardous Waste collection procedures. Please
collect batteries in a suitable container such as poly pail,
cardboard box or salable plastic bag. Please
follow all the Hazardous Waste requirements when handling
leaking batteries. To have batteries picked up submit
a Chemical Waste Pickup Form. The online form is available
by visiting the Chemical Waste Pickup Request Form link at: http://vesta.cumc.columbia.edu/ehs/wastepickup/ A Hazardous Materials Officer will pick up the requested material
within three business days from the date of the request
Q: Can I throw my old computer in the trash?
A: No, computer equipment (including monitors and CPUs) must
be recycled. Computers are manufactured using various heavy metals,
such as Lead and Cadmium that may pose a threat to the environment if disposed
of in landfills. Contact the Facilities Operations
Department (212)854-2222 (MS) or (212)305-7367 (CUMC) for assistance in collecting and recycling of your
unwanted computer equipment.
Chemical waste pickup request form:
Morningside campus Facilities Operations Department (212)-854-2222 (MS) (212)305-7367 (CUMC)
EH&S (212)-854-8749 (MS) (212)305-6780 (CUMC)