Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous waste disposal is governed by the EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) through State and Federal regulations. The purpose of environmentally sound disposal methods is to prevent harm to the water, land, and air. The Hazardous Materials Management Division is responsible for managing Chemical, Biological, and Universal waste under the Solid Waste Rules. Chemical waste is regulated by rules 40 CFR 261 and 30 TAC 335. Universal waste is managed under 40 CFR 273 and 30 TAC 335.262. Biological Waste is regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services). All waste generated at UTSA facilities will be collected and managed under the Hazardous Waste and Biological Management Safety Plans. Radiation waste is regulated by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Policies & Standards

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a "Large Quantity Generator" of hazardous waste and as such is registered through EPA and TCEQ with its unique Generator Registration I.D.s. Hazardous Materials Management will assist any department in determining its hazardous waste disposal needs and manage them according to their requirements.

Generators are responsible for following the University waste management protocols and ensuring that all waste generators are properly trained in management of their hazardous waste. UTSA HOP 10.16 Hazardous Waste Management Program provides guidelines for the administration of UTSA’s Hazardous Waste Management Program.

Removal of Hazardous Waste


HMM will provide standardized 2 ½ gallon polypropylene hazardous waste containers for liquid waste on a one-for-one swap. If additional containers are needed, waste generators can submit their request via BioRaft.

Sharp Containers  
Universal Waste  
Penalties of Noncompliance  

Submitting Waste Request

Generators of hazardous waste and biological waste will use the link below to request waste pick up. Remember, HMM has an internal policy of no more than 3 workdays to pick up the waste. This allows HMM to schedule in case of manpower shortage.
Submitting Chemical and Biological Waste (PDF)


All waste containers must be labeled with a complete chemical waste tag immediately upon the start of accumulating waste. The tag must be completed by the waste generator. The information on the tag is used to categorize and treat the waste; fill the waste tag out legibly, accurately, and completely.
Filling Out Hazardous Waste Labels (PDF)

Biological Waste Boxes and Liners

HMM will provide standardized biological cardboard boxes and red liners on a one-for-one basis. If additional containers or liners are needed, generators can submit their request via BioRaft. Use the link below for proper packing guidelines.
HMM Biological Packing Guidelines (PDF)

The University of Texas at San Antonio RCRA Contingency Plan

UTSA RCRA Contingency Plan (PDF)

Contact Staff

Richard M. Garza

Hazardous Waste Manager

P: (210) 458-5808
Keith Slater

Hazardous Waste Specialist II

P: (210) 458-5808
Luke Salazar

Hazardous Waste Specialist I

P: (210) 458-6698