Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste collection

Hazardous waste is waste that poses a threat or risk to public health, safety and/or the environment. This includes waste generated in laboratories (laboratory waste) also referred to as prescribed industrial waste.

  • Collection information

    Hazardous waste generated in laboratories is collected by the hazardous waste contractor Cleanaway (Tullamarine) through a supplier agreement. This supplier agreement is managed by Health & Safety. Cleanaway are the EPA authorised accredited agent for the University of Melbourne.

    When raising a purchase order through iProcurment please ensure you select the following:
    Supplier: Cleanaway Pty Ltd
    Site: 28100734

    As outlined below, Health & Safety define three categories of waste. Only Category 1 or Category 2 laboratory waste is included for collection as part the University of Melbourne’s service agreement.

    The Hazardous Waste Guidance Sheet is a quick reference guide to the packaging, storage and other requirements when disposing of hazardous waste.

    Category 1

    Examples of commonly produced Category 1 laboratory waste include (but are not limited to):

    • Water soluble solvent
    • Chlorinated wastes
    • Developer
    • Cytotoxic
    • Water insoluble solvent
    • Waste oil
    • Non-clinical waste sharps
    Collection details

    Category 2

    Examples of commonly produced Category 2 laboratory waste include (but are not limited to):

    • Bio hazardous materials (including clinical waste)
    • Genetically modified material (G.M.O) waste
    • Clinical sharps waste
    • Chemical Disposal
    • Quarantine waste
    • Anatomical waste
    • Animal anatomical waste
    Collection details

    Waste not covered by the supplier agreement

    Examples of waste that are not covered by this supplier agreement include (but are not limited to):

    • Batteries
    • Polystyrene
    • Asbestos
    • P.C.B
    • Construction materials
    Collection details

    Enquiries for disposal of wastes not included in the supplier agreement should be directed to Infrastructure Services: Waste and Recycling

  • Waste collection

    Your waste will be collected if you have:

    1. Completed the Hazardous waste collection manifest form
    2. Ensured you have a purchase order number on the manifest for Category 2 waste.
    3. Emailed the manifest to Jeevananda.Bandulage@cleanaway.com.au on the Monday prior to the collection.
    4. Provided a mobile phone number of the contact person. The driver will call 30 minutes prior to collection.
    5. Ensured the waste is packed and labelled appropriately (refer to the Hazardous waste guidance sheet).
  • Additional resources
  • Frequently asked questions
    In what way can we raise a purchase order?
    • A standing purchase order can be raised via iProcurement on THEMIS . When raising a purchase order please ensure you select:
      Supplier: "CLEANAWAY PTY LTD" and
      Site: "28100734"
      Note: Please ensure that the above site is selected and NOT the default Cleanaway Transpacific Technical Services as this is a different company.
    • If quantity is known – contact the contractor manager at Cleanaway for a quote.
    What is the difference between clinical and non-clinical waste?

    The EPA describes clinical waste as waste that has the potential to cause infection. For any additional information regarding clinical waste categories contact hazardouswaste-info@unimelb.edu.au

    I have been told that my clinical waste needs to be weighed. How do I do this?

    The contractor have scales on the vehicle at time of collection.

    There are additional methods that can be used to streamline this process, particularly where there are multiple labs and manifests.

    Clinical and cytotoxic collection guidance

    Are wet bags still available?

    Yes, please contact the contractor manager at Cleanaway to arrange order.

    What is "Category 3" waste?

    This is waste either hazardous or non-hazardous. It is not included in the scope of the service agreement. This has caused some confusion and the category status has now been removed.

    Are we still using the same labels?

    Yes, but these will be revised at a later date.

    Are 2.5L and 4L containers still acceptable for removal of hazardous waste? Yes, providing they are compatible with the waste and are UN compliant. The waste manifest has been updated to include 2.5 L containers.
    Will we still be using glass Winchesters for some waste chemicals such as xylene?

    Yes. Replacements can be requested on the manifest in the “Replacements other “section.

    How will non-Parkville sites be serviced?

    The contractor manager for Cleanaway will liaise directly with non-Parkville sites to identify their collection requirements.

    Can we get quotes for biological containers?

    Yes, contact the contractor manager for Cleanaway for quote.

    How do we obtain a certificate of destruction?

    The waste contractor (accredited agent) will provide evidence

    How do EPA certificates work?

    The EPA Waste Transport Certificate Guidelines provide information

    Will hazardous waste containers be catalogued items on iProcurement?

    Initially no, but work will be done in this area. Replacement containers can be ordered on using the waste manifest sheet.

    Can we get feedback on how much waste we are generating with each pick-up?

    Yes,the contractor manager for Cleanaway will be to assist with a report.

    Will the hazardous waste trucks fit under building 181?

    Yes, the contractor manager has made appropriate arrangements for suitable vehicles for access.