Chemical Waste Management Program of NSRI

Various chemical wastes are continuously generated from the research and technical laboratories of NSRI. If not managed properly, these can cause harm to people and the environment. Thus, a Chemical Waste Management Program (CWMP) has been put in place to ensure proper handling and disposal of these wastes for general safety and in compliance with RA 6969: Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990.

Since 2007, the CWMP of NSRI sustains the following activities: (1) management of the Chemical Exchange Program; and (2) collection and disposal of chemical wastes.

Chemical Exchange Program

The chemical exchange program basically aims to minimize waste generation by adopting excess or left-over chemicals that are still useable from the Institute’s funded researches and technical laboratories. These fostered chemicals are then made available for other UP and non- UP researchers at a much lower cost.

Click here (Chemical Exchange Program PDF file) for the procedure in availing the program and the list of available chemicals for exchange.

Collection and Disposal of Chemical Wastes

The chemical wastes generated by NSRI are diverse and low-volume. These wastes range from low toxic to high toxic chemicals. The CWMP has set forth protocols for classifying and segregating these chemicals to ensure proper handling and disposal of the wastes according to government regulations.

The chemical wastes would be classified and segregated following the procedure recommended by the U.S. National Research Council and from the guidelines used by the University of California Berkeley. For the storage and segregation guidelines, click here. (Chemical Storage and Compatibilty PDF file)

Upon proper identification and classification, the CWMP staff collects the wastes generated by projects and laboratories housed in NSRI only. Click here (Chemical Waste Classification and Collection PDF file) for the classification and collection guidelines. A DENR-accredited waste treater handles the treatment and final disposal of the collected toxic chemical wastes of NSRI.