We collect used, clean empty metal and plastic drums from campus departments that receive bulk chemicals. We reuse them to store and transport hazardous waste. This program saves the UW up to $10,000 a year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please do not leave drums out on your loading dock without first contacting EH&S; we only pick up drums upon request.
Smaller plastic drums should be rinsed, dried, and placed in the trash or recycled. If they previously contained chemicals, deface their labels, bag them, and label them "non-hazardous" so that custodial staff know that they are safe to handle.
This program is only for the University of Washington. If you are part of another organization looking for drum reuse or recycling opportunities in the Pacific Northwest, instead try the Industrial Materials Exchange or similar forums.