Hazardous & Universal Waste

Hazardous waste is a particular class of waste which, if improperly managed, poses a substantial threat or potential hazard to human health and the environment. Typical hazardous wastes generated at UNC Charlotte include, but are not limited to: spent solvents, waste laboratory chemicals, waste paints, oils and coolants.

Universal waste is a special category of hazardous waste that is managed differently from other types of hazardous wastes due to the fact that they generally pose a lower threat to human health and the environment. Universal waste streams include mercury lamps, batteries, some pesticides, and some mercury containing equipment.

What you need to know

  • Containers that store hazardous waste must be properly labeled. EHS can provide labels upon request.
  • Hazardous waste pickups can be requested in EHSA Onsite.
  • Persons generating or working with hazardous waste must receive proper training.
  • A Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan is available from EHS upon request.
  • Universal Waste collection is coordinated with the UNC Charlotte Recycling Group prior to shipment for recycling.
  • Purchasing the smallest practical amount of chemical needed can reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated.
  • Ensure that incompatible wastes are not mixed together in the same container.


The Environmental Health and Safety Office offers the following services:

  • Hazwaste Pick up request
  • Hazwaste supplies
  • Waste Consultations
  • Lab decommissioning