Hazardous Waste

What is Hazardous Waste?

Simply defined, a hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment.

Hazardous waste that is improperly managed poses a serious threat to human health and the environment. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), passed in 1976, was established to set up a framework for the proper management of hazardous waste.

Examples of Hazardous Waste








Gas Cylinders

Lab Chemicals

Hazardous Waste Example

Hazardous Waste Label Directions

ALL hazardous waste must be labeled and should be filled out properly.

  • The new CSUDH hazardous waste label is a PDF file that you may save onto your computer
  • The hazardous waste label does come with instructions on how to fill the label out

The following information MUST ALWAYS be on the label:

  • Accumulation start date
  • Each element inside the bottle or container
  • Amount

Additionally, you MAY NOT use any Abbreviations or Chemical Formulas.

Note: If you are generating the same type of waste, you may save the PDF file with all the information on it already and all you would have to do is change the date.


Once you have fill out the label correctly, you will need to enclose the hazardous waste label inside a clear self-adhesive envelope and stick it onto the bottle or container. The clear self-adhesive envelopes are provided by EHS.

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Note: If the bottle or container is too small, you may place it inside the clear self-adhesive envelope along with the hazardous waste label.

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Hazardous Waste Label PDF

You may find the hazardous waste label on the CSUDH EH&S webpage, under EH&S Forms, the third link.

Location of Haz Waste Label

You may also click on the hyperlink below to download it:


Request for Hazardous Waste Pickup

You will need to email the Chemical Hygiene Officer or EHS office if you need your hazardous waste pick up. Please include in your email the following information:

  • Location of waste (Area/Room/Building)
  • The amount of hazardous waste
  • The type if hazardous waste
  • Any information that may be relevant to the pickup

Contact information:


Email: ehs@csudh.edu

Phone: (310) 243 3000

Chemical Hygiene Officer

Email: rmagallanes@csudh.edu

Phone: (310) 243 3171