Waste management at IUB is handled in a variety of ways by several IU entities and regulated by another set of government entities. Please use the following information and links to help you meet your needs as you navigate the waste disposal process.
Hazardous Chemical, Biological and Radioactive Waste
Indiana University is a large quantity generator of hazardous waste, generating approximately 45 tons of hazardous waste each year and an additional 20 tons of waste that cannot be managed in the municipal trash. Proper handling and disposal of this waste is critical to worker safety, the health of the community and the protection of our environment.
Environmental Health and Safety staff oversees the chemical, biological, and radioactive waste management programs for IUB, but our continued success depends on the efforts of faculty, staff and students. Please use the information provided below to educate yourself on the proper management of your waste.
You can use the links at right to view the current waste collection schedules and request pickups or make appointments for waste dropoff.
For specific packaging guidelines and information about disposal of each type of waste, please refer to the following links.
- IU Waste Management Program
- Chemical Waste Management
- Universal Waste Management (including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and mercury-containing equipment)
- Biological Waste Management
- Radioactive Waste Management
Ordinary recyclables such as paper, cardboard, aluminum, and household batteries are managed by the Physical Plant Building Services Department. If you would like more information or would like to set up recycling in your area, please follow the link below.
Disposal of computers and associated equipment is generally handled by individual departmental information technology support groups in accordance with University Information Technology Services guidelines. Equipment that can be redistributed must be transferred to IU Surplus Stores.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs are a category of hazardous waste that have been given decreased regulatory burden by the regulating agencies, but are still subject to penalties if managed inapproriately. More information about the management requirements for fluorescent bulbs can be found on the page for universal waste. At IUB used bulbs are managed by the Physical Plant Building Services Department and by the Residential Programs and Services Maintenance Department. They are collected at building loading docks in cardboard boxes and sent to a vendor specializing in recycling of lighting related waste materials. It is the policy of IUB to replace burned out or broken bulbs with lower mercury bulbs whenever possible. These low-mercury or “green” bulbs may legally be disposed in a municipal landfill. However, many of these bulbs are still collected and recycled through the lighting waste vendor. Students living in campus housing who use compact fluorescent bulbs in their personal lamps are encouraged to give burned out or broken bulbs to their custodial staff or center desk personnel.
Broken bulbs are not considered universal waste, and must be managed under the full hazardous waste management guidelines. EHS has developed a procedure for cleaning up broken bulbs which is based on guidance from EPA.