Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste collection information, categories, labels, additional resources and frequently asked questions

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.

  • Hazardous waste categories

    Hazardous waste generated in laboratories (and some other teaching and research activities) is collected by hazardous waste contractors – Green Care Environmental Solutions and Daniels Health Services – through supplier agreements. Both Green Care Environmental Solutions and Daniels Health are EPA authorised accredited agents engaged by the University of Melbourne.

    Health & Safety, Finance and Employee Services, through University of Melbourne service agreements/contracts, facilitate the removal of two categories of hazardous waste. These are determined as Category 1 and Category 2 laboratory waste.

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

    Category 1

    Category 1 waste is managed by Health & Safety, Finance and Employee Services, through a central budget at no cost to the local areas.

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

    • Strong acid waste
    • Strong alkali waste
    • Chlorinated waste
    • Cytotoxic waste
    • Developer waste
    • Heavy metal waste
    • Non-clinical waste sharps
    • Pesticide/herbacide waste
    • Solid contaminated waste
    • Oil waste

    Note: If you are unsure the classification of your waste, or if your waste has specific properties (eg a mixture of strong acid and peroxide) separate this waste from others, put in its own container and label the container appropriately with the name or contents of mixture.

    Category 2

    Category 2 waste is facilitated by Finance and Employee Services, Health and Safety with the cost charged to the local areas.

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

    • Anatomical waste
    • Animal anatomical waste
    • Bio hazardous materials (including clinical waste)
    • Biosecurity (quarantine) waste
    • Clinical sharps
    • Excess and out-of-date chemicals
    • Genetically modified materials (GMO) waste
    • Unused radioactive stock solution

    You can determine the waste category and the associated waste contractor by referring to the Hazardous Waste Guidance Sheet.

    Commonly generated hazardous waste types have also been included on the:

    Waste not covered by Health& Safety, Finance and Employee Services, supplier agreements

    Examples of waste not included in the supplier agreements are:

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

    Enquiries for collection and disposal of wastes not included in the supplier agreement should be directed to Infrastructure Services. Information on maintenance, cleaning and removals is also available through Infrastructure Services.

  • Collection information

    Chemical waste collection
    by Green Care Environmental Solutions

    Collection details

    For Category 2 waste

    When raising a purchase order for chemical disposal through iProcurement please ensure you select the following:
    Supplier: Green Care Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd ATF
    Supplier number: 350144

    Biohazard waste collection
    by Daniels Health Services

    Collection details

    • The Health & Safety: Biohazard waste collection form is required for ad hoc pickups, consumable and barcode requests only.
    • Collections can be arranged by emailing cglover@danielshealth.com.au and hazardouswaste-info@unimelb.edu.au a minimum 48 hours prior to pickup. Alternatively, contact Cecilia Glover directly on 0448 116 283.
    • Daniels Health Services offers a 24-hour customer services team contactable on 1300 667 787.
    • Each department location has a dedicated barcode (eg Anatomy in the Medical Building). A department location barcode is to be attached to the outer bin/s for accurate billing purposes.
    • The collection scheduled frequency is determined by local area needs for both Parkville and non-Parkville locations.

    Reference numbers

    Daniels Heath has set up Customer and Task Site (TS) reference numbers for each customer in each building. The customer number is used for billing purposes, the TS number is used to identify the customer's physical address of where the waste is located.

    For a timely and accurate service, please quote the TS number allocated to your department and building when submitting the hazardous waste request to Daniels Health.

    For Category 2 waste

    When raising a purchase order through iProcurement please ensure you select the following:
    Supplier: Daniels Health Services Pty Ltd
    Supplier number: 354979

  • Waste collection

    Your waste will be collected if you:

    1. Complete the relevant waste collection form/s:
    2. For Category 2 waste, ensure you have a purchase order number on the collection form.
    3. Email the relevant waste collection form to hazardouswaste-info@unimelb.edu.au and the relevant waste contractor on the Monday prior to the collection to:
    4. Provide a mobile phone number of a local contact person, as the driver will call approximately 30 minutes prior to collection.
    5. Ensure the waste is packed and labelled appropriately (refer to the Hazardous waste guidance sheet).
  • Hazardous waste labels

    Local areas can use the hazardous waste labels document to print labels as required. When printing labels ensure they are suitable for the purpose and not easily removed.

    A limited number of hazardous waste labels are currently available from the University Services Health & Safety team, however this service is being phased out and will only be available while there is stock. Please request hazardous waste labels by emailing hazardouswaste-info@unimelb.edu.au.

  • Additional resources

    For further directions and advice please contact hazardouswaste-info@unimelb.edu.au.

  • 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: Green Care Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd ATF
      Supplier number: 350144; or
    • Supplier: Daniels Health Services Pty Ltd Supplier number: 354979.
    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 weighs the clinical waste and provides this information back to the local area.
    There are additional methods that can be used to streamline this process, particularly where there are multiple labs and manifests.
    Each site gets their own Task Site and barcode, therefore the contractor can invoice each department accurately, considering the waste are barcoded properly.        
    Are we still using the same labels? Yes.
    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 includes 2.5 L containers.
    How will non-Parkville sites be serviced? The Green Care and Daniels Health will liaise directly with non-Parkville sites to identify their collection requirements.
    Can we get quotes for biological containers? Yes, contact Daniels Health for a quote.
    How do we obtain a certificate of destruction? Daniels Health will provide a certificate of destruction normally about 30 days after destruction.
    Will the hazardous waste trucks be able to access pick up sites around Parkville during construction works in and around the campus? Yes, both contractors have made appropriate arrangements for suitable vehicles for access.
    What happens if my waste is not collected? You can contact the contractor directly regarding a non-collection.
    See the Collection Information above for contractor contact details.
    Alternatively, you can email hazardouswaste-info@unimelb.edu.au.
    How do I destroy unused schedule 8 and schedule 9 poisons?

    Schedule 8 and schedule 9 poisons that are not intended for administration to a patient can be destroyed by the following individuals:

    • registered medical practitioner
    • veterinary practitioner
    • dentist
    • pharmacist
    • nurse or
    • registered midwife
    Do I need to fill out an EPA certificate when I dispose o Bio Security waste?Yes. The waste producer is required to upload the part A and B of the EPA certificate online. Please contact the Chemical Safety Consultant for further information.