Environmental Health & Safety

Transporting Waste to Central Accumulation

All full containers of hazardous waste must be moved to central accumulation within 72 hours of being filled.

Alfred University has three 180 day Central Accumulation Areas:

  1. Harder Hall, room 136B accepts hazardous waste from NYSCC Art & Design contact EH&S @2190.
  2. McMahon, room 237 accepts hazardous waste from all other areas of NYSCC contact 2497 or EH&S @2190.
  3. Myers Hall, room 110 accepts hazardous waste from all areas of AU non-statutory contact EH&S @2190.

Container labeling:

  • Waste containers are labeled with the yellow AU waste label stating the:
    • Proper NYS EPA number.
    • Words "Hazardous Waste".
    • Start date, full date, the date the waste enters the CAA.
    • Names of chemicals in the container (not a chemical formula) including volume/concentration.
    • Appropriate waste characteristics box(s) marked by test or knowledge.

Drum Transportation Requirements

Hazardous waste drums may not be transported on public roads.

There are several parts of a drum that should be checked prior to handling or transporting the drum from a satellite accumulation area to the storage area.

  • All bungs are present and bung wrench tight for safe transport.
  • All 1A2 (open top) drums are to have gaskets present and intact and drum bolts tightly fastened for safe transport.
  • The lower drum seam (chime) should not be leaking. The chime may, with time, lose its integrity and start to leak, even if it passes a visual inspection. It may leak for the following reasons:
    1. the drum might have been dropped too hard;
    2. age of the drum together with oxidation, rust or corrosion;
    3. incompatibles were placed in the drum;
    4. rolling or dropping heavy drums on their seam;
    5. two drums being banged together during transport;
    6. the drum has been stored for a long period of time.
  • Many drums will leak (starting with a weeping pinhole leak) anywhere from the side of the drum if:
    1. corrosive or incompatible materials have been stored or placed in the drum for any period of time;
    2. the drum has simply been stored for extended periods of time.
  • Equipment damage can occur usually in between the rolling hoops of the drum from:
    1. forklift piercing or creasing the side of the drum;
    2. barrel grabbers.

EH&S: Rev. 04/03/09

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