Waste Handling


The Environmental Management Department is responsible for maintaining compliance with the environmental regulations including proper handling and disposal of solid, hazardous, and bio-hazardous waste. All solid and liquid wastes generated on the campuses of Missouri State University are subject to determination as possible hazardous or bio-hazardous waste. This section provides guidelines for basic determinations for many wastes.

The Director of Environmental Management must be contacted to assist in making the determination before disposing of any waste that is not listed as routine disposable or recyclable solid wastes. If you have questions related to waste determination, contact the Environmental Management Department at EnvironmentalManagement@missouristate.edu or 836-8334.

Examples of Different Types of Waste


  • Cultures & stocks
  • Pathological wastes/Human bodies
  • Human blood & blood products
  • Sharps
  • Needles
  • Hypodermics
  • Animal carcasses & bedding
  • Biological or discarded materials contaminated with blood, excretion, exudates or secretions from humans
  • Laboratory wastes such as specimen containers, disposable gloves, lab coats, masks & aprons

Hazardous Waste

  • Chemical lab wastes
  • Paint solvents
  • Photographic chemicals

Non-recyclable Solid Waste (Disposed into Sanitary Trash)

  • Thermal fax paper or adding machine tape
  • Foil, wax, plastic lined or laminated paper (juice boxes, fast food liners, pet food bags)
  • Mylar/acetate
  • Original blueprints
  • Paper towels & napkins
  • Photographs


  • Mixed paper
  • Plastic containers
  • Alkaline, rechargeable, and lead acid batteries
  • Motor oil
  • Printer cartridges
  • Telephone books & magazines
  • Smoke detectors

Universal Waste

  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Mercury containing devices
  • Outdated pesticides