Waste Management

As a recognized leader within the Commonwealth in environmental stewardship, the University of Kentucky strives for exemplary compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental regulations to protect human health and the environment and to create a clean and healthy campus where faculty, staff, students, and visitors can thrive. This includes maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations and the University’s Part B Hazardous Waste Management Permit. See below to learn more about our various waste management programs and resources. 

Hazardous Waste

Some spent material which cannot be reused or recycled and that is intended to be discarded is considered hazardous waste if it meets certain regulatory criteria.

UK Healthcare Waste

UK Healthcare’s Hospital and Clinics generate specific types of waste which require special handling and disposal per local, state and federal regulations.

Other Waste

Many waste streams are generated at UK that while not regulated as hazardous waste still require the application of thorough and careful management standards.  Examples of such wastes include those noted as universal, used oil, PCB-containing and Non-RCRA Regulated Wastes.

Special Waste Disposal Requests

In rare instances some non-hazardous liquid waste may be acceptable for drain disposal and some non-hazardous solid waste may be acceptable for disposal as normal garbage. In such cases there are steps available to request a special waste disposal review.