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Overview of the Chemical Safety Day Program


This overview will briefly inform you of the purpose and format of the Chemical Safety Day Program (CSDP). The following section, Instructions to Package Material/Waste Safely provides step by step instructions to segregate and prepare hazardous material/waste for the CSDP.

Since 1981, the Chemical Safety Day Program has been offered to assist educational institutions and non-profit organizations in disposing of hazardous material/waste. The program is the result of joint efforts by the Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning and the University of Minnesota. The Chemical Safety Day Program has helped hundreds of high schools, colleges, and nonprofit organizations in disposing of hazardous material/waste at a reasonable cost and in an environmentally responsible way.

How the Program Works

To participate in the program, a generator needs to obtain this CSDP Participant Packet and follow the instructions to separate and package their material/waste using the University of Minnesota's chemical registry and waste forms. This process requires time and effort and an early start is recommended. The average generator produces about 20 boxes/containers of sorted material/waste. Typically a box/container contains about 2.5 kilograms of material/waste and requires 0.25 hours of labor involved in sorting, packing and procuring supplies, and 0.25 hours for completing the waste form, copying and mailing. These numbers are based on past programs, and, of course, individual circumstances will vary.

Waste forms are then submitted to the University of Minnesota for review and initial processing. After the University reviews the submissions, generators are notified of the dates and times of a pre-collection visit, if one is necessary. This pre-collection visit is used to properly label boxes/containers, supply additional packagings, if necessary, answer any unresolved issues. The actual collection is one or two weeks later with generators being notified of the dates and times. The Chemical Safety Day Program comes directly to your site for the collection. Generators are not involved in any transportation. The University of Minnesota transports the material/waste to its permitted, Thompson Center for Environmental Management (a fully permitted storage facility) for processing. By submitting waste forms, a generator is not obligated to participate in the program, just as the University of Minnesota is not obligated to accept a generator's material/waste.

Schedule 2017

This tentative schedule for regional collections may change depending on the number of schools participating in a region and the quantities of material/waste involved:

Pickup Date Waste Form Deadline
April 4, 5 Saint Cloud / Brainerd March 3
April 25, 26 Winona / Rochester / Albert Lea / Mankato March 31
May 16, 17 Moorhead / Crookston / Roseau / Bemidji April 21
June 7 Twin Cities 1 (North of I-394 West of I-35W) May 12
June 21 Twin Cities 2 (South of I-394 West of I-35W) May 26
July 12 Twin Cities 3 (North of I-94 East of I-35W) June 16
July 26 Twin Cities 4 (South of I-94 East of I-35W) June 30
August 8, 9, 10 Duluth / Virginia / Int.Falls / Grand Rapids / Bemidji July 14
September 12, 13 Willmar / Marshall / Worthington August 18
September 26, 27 Saint Cloud / Alexandria / Morris September 1
October 10. 11 Winona / Rochester / Albert Lea / Mankato September 15
October 24, 25 Moorhead / Crookston / Roseau / Bemidji September 29

The earlier we receive your Waste Forms, the easier scheduling becomes! If you have questions regarding scheduling or questions about the program in general, please contact Robbie Eiker:

Work (612) 626-1553
Fax (612) 626-1571


The costs of the CSDP are paid for by the participants. For last year's program, the average disposal cost was about $12 per kilogram/liter. The disposal cost for any particular item ranged from approximately $5 to $60 per kilogram/liter. Typically, less expensive materials, like solvents, are received in large quantities while more expensive materials, such as alkali metals, are received in only small quantities.

After a generator submits waste forms, the CSDP notifies the generator of a pre-collection visit, if one is necessary. On the pre-collection visit, an itemized estimate is provided. If a pre-collection visit isn't necessary, an estimate is provided over the phone Use the estimate, if needed, to obtain a purchase order to make billing easier. After the actual collection and processing, the generator is billed for the quantity of material/waste received. Invoices are mailed out within 60 days after the collection. A detailed description of how material/waste was processed is provided.

Charges for Participation

The following list identifies rough price estimates for participating in the CSDP. There may be some exceptions within a category due to changes in requirements of a disposal contractor. An estimate is provided prior to scheduling the actual collection to make sure a school still wishes to participate. Chemicals that can be reused by the University of Minnesota are charged a minimal handling fee of $ 7.00/Kg/Ltr. Chemical waste enters the University of Minnesota's Chemical Waste Program and is charged these approximate rates:

Non-Hazardous Waste: Sanitary Landfill or Sewer $5.00/Kg/Ltr
Bulkable Solvents to Incinerate or Fuel Recover $11.00/Ltr
Bulkable Paints or Paint Related Materials $4.00-$11.00/Ltr
Solid or Liquid Organics that are Incinerated $15.00-40.00/Kg/Ltr
Inorganic Acids, Caustics, Heavy Metals, and Poisons, that will be Treated $15.00-20.00/Kg/Ltr
Reactives, Water and Shock Sensitives for Incineration $15.00-60.00/Kg/Ltr
Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts $2.00/Kg ($500.00/drum of 100)
Commercial Products, Mixtures and Unknowns $8.00-60.00/Kg/Ltr (case by case)
Bulk (Drum) quantities receive price breaks case by case

There is a minimum charge of $0.50 per chemical container and $50.00 per school.

The CSDP can now collect and dispose of gas cylinders. They can be extremely expensive and are handled case by case. Please call for more information.

Radioactive or depleted radioactive materials will be accepted by the CSDP.

Disposal costs money. It is best to avoid products or processes generating waste, or minimize waste generation when possible. For further assistance in forms of waste minimization call the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at: (612) 627-4646 or 1-800-247-0015.