EH&S is responsive to campus needs during the pandemic. COVID-19 protocols are being coordinated through the UCLA Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Emergency Management Policy Group (EMPG), and UCLA's Future Planning Task Force. Please check Bruins Safe Online for the latest safety information. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Waste Management

At UCLA there are 4 types of Waste:

  • Regular Waste & Recyclables - Food, plastics, or other every day waste. This form of waste is not managed by EH&S. Go to Facilities Management.
  • Hazardous Waste - Chemicals and other general hazardous wastes such as paint, electronics, batteries, etc.
  • Medical Waste - contains biological components that may be infectious or harmful to human health.
  • Radioactive Waste - Dry and liquid lab waste containing radioisotopes, liquid scintillation waste, contaminated equipment.

Depending on the type of waste you have, will determine the process and guidelines that must be followed.

For General Inquires about Hazardous Waste call (310) 206-1887
or email [email protected]

Regular & Recyclables
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UCLA Facilities Management manages the Regular Waste and Recyclables programs on campus.

For household hazardous waste (including electronics and batteries), visit the S.A.F.E. website for more information.

Hazardous Waste
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UCLA- generated chemicals, lecture bottles, small lamps, paints, and chemically contaminated material may be disposed through the routine hazardous waste pick-ups.
Examples of waste:

  • Chemicals
  • Lecture bottles
  • Chemically contaminated material
  • Paints
  • Batteries
  • Lamps less than 4 feet in length
Medical Waste
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Medical waste is waste known to be or potentially contaminated with infectious materials, animal or human specimen waste, pharmaceutical, and trace-chemotherapy waste.

Refer to Biosafety for UCLA specific medical waste management practices.

Waste Services  for information self-drop off areas for medical waste.

Radiation Waste
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Examples of Waste:

  • Dry radioactive lab waste and contaminated equipment
  • Liquid scintillation vials and fluid waste, including non-radioactive LSC waste
  • Radioactive animal waste (please call 5-5396 to schedule for animal waste)