The Chemical Exchange (Recycle) Service formerly managed by the Department of Chemistry has been in operation for 20 years. Our mandate is to minimize chemical waste by offering surplus chemicals collected from labs on campus free of charge to researchers for use on campus. This service is only available to U of A staff.
Chemical Exchange Management
Surplus chemicals are picked up from the labs as requested. The surplus chemical is transferred by truck to the Cloverbar Hazardous Waste Facility, where it is stored and then shipped back to campus when an order is placed. Received orders will be filled within 48 hours if the requested item is in stock; if the item requested is not available requestors will be notified within 24 hours.
Procedure for Chemical Exchange Donations/Requests
Donations of chemicals to or request for chemicals from Chemical Recycle can be made via Chematix.
Please follow this process:
- Obtain a user name and password for Chematix.
- To obtain recycle chemicals:
- Search the database
- Request transfer of the chemical
- To donate recycle chemicals:
- Fill out the appropriate waste card
- Add waste card to pick-up worksheet
- Submit pick-up worksheet
Chemical must be in original container and must have legible identification markings. Radioactive or biohazardous materials will NOT be accepted.
With questions or concerns, please contact the Chemical Waste Facility (988-8077) or Lois Dvorsky (2-1638).