Hazardous Waste Program

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), enacted in 1976, provides "cradle to grave" control of solid and hazardous waste by establishing management requirements on generators and transporters of hazardous waste and on owners and operators of hazardous waste storage and disposal facilities (TSDF). The Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) and the Federal Facility Compliance Act (FFCA) have amended RCRA several times. RCRA provides specific requirements for the identification and listing of hazardous waste. RCRA mainly applies to active facilities, but can also address serious problems of abandoned and inactive facilities. The MDEQ is authorized by the EPA to manage their State hazardous waste program. MSU currently has a permitted and approved TSDF, and provides hazardous waste services to over 1,200 researchers and service departments on campus.

MSU Waste Storage Facility

The Michigan State University Waste Storage Facility currently utilizes a management system that is certified to ISO 14001 (PDF) and OHSAS 18001 (PDF). These systems ensure that best work practices are used at the Waste Storage Facility in order to protect human health and safety and minimize environmental impacts.    

The environmental compliance office works closely with EHS hazardous waste professionals to ensure safe and proper disposal of hazardous waste on campus. Visit hazardous waste disposal section

EPA Reference: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act