The duties of the USF Hazardous Waste Program include:
- Chemical waste pickup
- EPA waste characterization
- DOT compliant shipment of waste
- Chemical spill response
- EPA reporting
Hazardous waste is generated at the University of South Florida (USF) from various activities including research, teaching, art, and facilities support. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Federal agency charged with developing and ensuring compliance with hazardous waste regulations. In the State of Florida, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been delegated the authority to develop additional hazardous waste regulations, providing they are at least as stringent as those promulgated by the EPA, and inspect facilities that generate, store, or dispose of hazardous waste. Therefore, USF is required to adhere to the regulations of both the EPA and DEP and may be subject to unannounced inspections by either agency.