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Table 6.0.1: Sewer Limits

Waste Type

Sewerable Concentration

Special Consideration

Acenapthene

<0.01%

 

Acetaldehyde

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Acetamide

No Limit

 

Acetamidobiphenyl

No Limit

 

Acetic acid

Neutralize to pH 6-9

See Section 2, Acid and Base Neutralization, for instructions

Acetic aldehyde

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Acetic anhydride

<1.0%

 

Acetone

<0.1%

 

Acetonitrile

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Acetophenetidine, P-

<10.0%

 

Acetoxybenzoic acid, 2-

<1.0%

 

Acetylaminofluorene, 2-

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Acetyl bromide

<0.01%

 

Acetyl chloride

<0.01%

 

Acetylene tetrabromide

<0.01%

 

Acetyl peroxide

<0.1%

 

Acetyl phenylhydrazine

No Limit

 

Acetylsalicylic acid

<1.0%

 

Aclarubicin

<1.0%

 

Acridine

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Acridine orange

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Acrolein

<0.001%

 

Acrylamide

<1.0%

 

Acrylic acid

<0.1%

 

Acrylic aldehyde

<0.001%

 

Acrylonitrile

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Actinomycin D

<0.1%

 

Adenine

<10.0%

 

Alanine, L-

No Limit

 

Aldrithiol, 2-

No Limit

 

Allyl alcohol

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Allyl chloride

<0.01%

 

Allyl glycidyl ether

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Alumina

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aluminum ammonium sulfate

No Limit

 

Aluminum borohydride

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aluminum chloride, anhydrous

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aluminum hydroxide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aluminum oxide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aluminum potassium sulfate

No Limit

 

Aluminum sulfate

<10.0%

 

Amanitin, alpha-

<0.1%

 

Amantadine

<10.0%

 

Amberlite

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aminoacridine

No Limit

 

Aminobenzene

0.01%

 

Aminobenzoic acid ethyl ester

No Limit

 

Aminocaproic acid, 6-

No Limit

 

Aminohexanoic acid

No Limit

 

Aminohydroxybenzoic acid

No Limit

 

Aminopentane, 1-

<1.0%

 

Aminopropionic acid

No Limit

 

Aminopropyltriethoxysilane, 3-

<1.0%

 

Aminopterin

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aminopurine, 6-

<10.0%

 

Aminopyridine, 2-

<1.0%

 

Aminosalicylic acid, 4-

No Limit

 

Aminotrishydroxymethylmethane

No Limit

 

Ammonium acetate

No Limit

 

Ammonium bicarbonate

No Limit

 

Ammonium carbonate

<10.0%

 

Ammonium chloride

<10.0%

 

Ammonium hydroxide

<1.0% AND pH 6-9

 

Ammonium iron (II) sulfate

<10.0%

 

Ammonium metavanadate

<1.0%

 

Ammonium molybdate

<1.0%

 

Ammonium nitrate

<1.0%

 

Ammonium oxalate

<1.0%

 

Ammonium persulfate

<1.0%

 

Ammonium rhodanate

<10.0%

 

Ammonium sulfamate

<10.0%

 

Ammonium sulfate

<10.0%

 

Ammonium sulfocyanate

<10.0%

 

Ammonium thiocyanate

<10.0%

 

Ammonium thiosulfate

<10.0%

 

Amyl acetate

<20.0%

 

Amyl alcohol

<10.0%

 

Amylamine

<1.0%

 

Aniline

<0.1%

 

Anthracene

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Aphidicolin

<0.1%

 

Arsenic

<1.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Ascorbic acid

No Limit

 

Asparaginase, L-

No Limit

 

Aspartic acid

No Limit

 

Aspirin

<1.0%

 

Azacytidine

No Limit

 

Azaguanine, 8-

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Azaserine

<1.0%

 

Azathioprine

<10.0%

 

Bacto peptone

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Barbital

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Barium

<100 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Barium acetate

<100 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Barium chloride

<100 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Barium hydroxide

<100 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Barium hydroxide monohydrate

<100 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Barium oxide

<100 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Basic blue 9

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Basic fuchsin

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Bentonite

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Benzaldehyde

<10.0%

 

Benzalkonium chloride

<1.0%

 

Benzene

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Benzidine

<0.1%

 

Benzidine dihydrochloride

No Limit

 

Benzoic acid

<10.0%

 

Benzonitrile

<10.0%

 

Benzoyl peroxide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

BetaMax

<10.0%

See Section 7.6, Sewering Aqueous Radioactive Waste, for radioactive material limit

Bilirubin

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Biotin

No Limit

 

Bipyridine

<1.0%

 

Bleach - see Sodium hypochlorite

 

 

Blood, whole

100%

See Section 8.3, Disinfecting and Disposing of Biohazardous Liquids within the Lab, for sewering instructions

Blood Serum/Plasma

100%

See Section 8.3, Disinfecting and Disposing of Biohazardous Liquids within the Lab, for sewering instructions

Blood (Heparinized/EDTA)

100%

See Section 8.3, Disinfecting and Disposing of Biohazardous Liquids within the Lab, for sewering instructions

Borax

<10.0%

 

Boric acid

<10.0%

 

Brij 35

No Limit

 

Bromine

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Bromodeoxyuridine, 5-

<0.01%

 

Bromoethane

<0.01%

 

Bromophenol, 4-

<0.01%

 

Busulfan

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Butanediol diglycidyl ether, 1,4-

<1.0%

 

Butanol

<10.0%

 

Butanone, 2-

<10.0%

 

Butoxy ethanol, 2-

<1.0%

 

Butyl acetate, N-

<0.1%

 

Butylacetic acid

<1.0%

 

Butylated hydroxytoluene

<10.0%

 

Butyric acid

<1.0%

 

Cacodylic acid

<1.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Cadmium

<0.5 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Cadmium chloride, anhydrous

<0.5 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Cadmium sulfate

<0.5 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Caffeine

<1.0%

 

Calcium carbonate

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Calcium chloride

<10.0%

 

Calcium hydroxide

Neutralize to pH 6-9

See Section 2, Acid and Base Neutralization, for instructions

Calcium hypochlorite

<5.0%

 

Calcium nitrate

<1.0%

 

Calcium sulfate

No Limit

 

Caproic acid

<1.0%

 

Caprylic acid

<10.0%

 

Carbamaldehyde

<10.0%

 

Carbamide

No Limit

 

Carbazole

<1.0%

 

Carbon disulfide

<10.0%

 

Carbon tetrachloride

<0.01%

 

Carboxymethylcellulose sodium

<1.0%

 

Carboxyphenyl ester, 2-

<1.0%

 

Cellulose

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Cesium chloride

<10.0%

 

Cesium sulfate

<10.0%

 

Cetrimonium bromide

<1.0%

 

Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide

<1.0%

 

Chloramphenicol

<0.01%

 

Chloroacetic acid

<0.01% AND pH 6-9

 

Chloroform

<6 Mg/L

 

Chloro-1-propene, 3-

<0.01%

 

Chlorosuccinimide, N-

<0.01%

 

Cholesterol

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Cholic acid

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Chromic acid

<2.75 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Chromic trioxide

<2.75 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Chromium

<2.75 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Cisplatin

<0.1%

 

Citric acid

No Limit

 

Clorox - see Sodium hypochlorite

 

 

Cobalt chloride

<1.0%

 

Colcemid

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Copper

<3.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Copper (II) acetate

<3.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Copper sulfate

<3.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Crystal violet

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Cumene

<1.0%

 

Cupric acetate

<3.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Cupric sulfate

<3.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Cyanide

<2.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Cyanogen bromide

<0.01%

 

Cyclohexane

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Cyclohexanol

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Cyclohexene

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Cycloheximide

<0.01%

 

Cytidine

No Limit

 

Dacarbazine

<10.0%

 

DAPI

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

DEPC

<10.0%

 

Diamine

<0.01%

 

Diaminobenzidine

0%

See Section 3.3, Deactivation Procedure

Dichlorodimethylsilane

<0.01%

 

Dichloroethane, 1,1-

<0.01%

 

Dichloromethane

<0.01%

 

Diepoxybutane, 1,2:3,4-

<0.1%

 

Diethanolamine

<1.0%

 

Diethylene glycol

<10.0%

 

Diethyl ether

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Diethyl pyrocarbonate

<10.0%

 

Dihydroxyfluorane

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Dimethyl benzene

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Dimethyldichlorosilane

<0.01%

 

Dimethyl formaldehyde

<0.1%

 

Dimethylformamide, N,N-

<0.1%

 

Dimethyl ketone

<10.0%

 

Dimethylolurea

<10.0%

 

Dimethyl sulfate

<1.0%

 

Dimethyl sulfide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Dimethyl sulfoxide

No Limit

 

Dioxane, 1,4-

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Dithiothreitol

No Limit

 

Dodecenyl succinic anhydride

<1.0%

 

Doxorubican hydrochloride

No Limit

 

Ecoscint

No Limit

See Section 7.6, Sewering Aqueous Radioactive Waste for radioactive material limit

Ecoscint A

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Ecoscint H

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Ecoscint O

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

EDTA

No Limit

 

Ethanol

<24.0%

 

Ethanolamine

<1.0%

 

Ether

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Ethidium Bromide, gels

Solid waste if <0.1%

 

Ethidium Bromide, solution

<10 ug/mL

See Section 3, Deactivation Procedures

Ethyl acetate

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Ethyl aldehyde

<1.0%

 

Ethyl ether

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Ethylene aldehyde

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

No Limit

 

Ethylene glycol

<10.0%

 

Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether

<1.0%

 

Ethylnitrosourea, N-

<1.0%

 

Evans blue stain

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Ferric chloride

<1.0%

 

Ferrous ammonium sulfate

<10.0%

 

Ferrous sulfate

<1.0%

 

Ficoll

No Limit

 

Fluoranthene

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Fluorene

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Fluorescein

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Fluoro-2-deoxyuridine, 5-

<0.1%

 

Formalin

<0.1%

 

Formamide

<10.0%

 

Formic acid

<1.0% AND pH 6-9

 

Fyrite

<1.0%

 

GelatinGelatin

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Giemsa Stain

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Glutaraldehyde

<4.0%

 

Glycerol

No Limit

 

Glycine

No Limit

 

Glycol ethyl ether

<10.0%

 

Glycol monobutyl ether

<1.0%

 

Gold chloride

No Limit

 

Green vitriol

<1.0%

 

Guanidine isothiocyanate

<10.0%

 

Guanidine thiocyanate

<10.0%

 

Guanidinium hydrochloride

<1.0%

 

Halothane

<10.0%

 

Hepes

No Limit

 

Heptane

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Hexamethylenetetramine

<10.0%

 

Hexane

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Hexanoic acid

<1.0%

 

Homidium Bromide, Aqueous Solution

<0.1%

For solvent mixtures, call EH&S

Homidium Bromide, Electrophoresis Gels

<0.1%

 

Hydrazine

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Hydrobromic acid

<1.0% AND pH 6-9

 

Hydrobromic ether

<0.01%

 

Hydrochloric acid

Neutralize to pH 6-9

See Section 2, Acid and Base Neutralization, for instructions

Hydrofluoric acid

<0.01% AND pH 6-9

 

Hydrofuran

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Hydrogen peroxide

<8.0%

 

Hydroquinone

<1.0%

 

Hydroxybenzene

<0.1%

 

Hydroxynaphthalene, alpha-

<1.0%

 

Hydroxyphenol, p-

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Hygromycin B

<0.01%

 

Iodine

<1.0%

 

Iodomethane

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Iron chloride

<1.0%

 

Iron (II) sulfate

<1.0%

 

Isoamyl alcohol

<10.0%

 

Isooctyl alcohol

<10.0%

 

Isopropanol

<10.0%

 

Isopropyl ether

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Lactic acid

<10.0% AND pH 6-9

 

Lead

<2.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Lipopolysaccharide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Lithium carbonate

<10.0%

 

Lithium chloride

<10.0%

 

Lithium sulfate

No Limit

 

Magnesium acetate

No Limit

 

Magnesium chloride

<10.0%

 

Magnesium sulfate

No Limit

 

Manganese sulfate

No Limit

 

Mercaptoethanol, beta-

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Mercaptopropanediol

<10.0%

 

Mercuric chloride

<0.1 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Mercury, metallic

<0.1 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Methane carboxamide

No Limit

 

Methanesulfonic acid

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Methanoic acid

<1.0% AND pH 6-9

 

Methanol

<10.0%

 

Methotrexate

0.1%

 

Methoxyethanol, 2-

<1.0%

 

Methyl cyanide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Methylenebisacrylamide, N,N'-

<1.0%

 

Methylene blue

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Methylene chloride

<0.01%

 

Methyl ethyl ketone

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Methyl iodide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Methyl methanesulfonate (MMS)

<1.0%

 

Methyl sulfate

<1.0%

 

Methyl sulfide

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Mitomycin C

<0.1

 

Naphthol, alpha

<1.0%

 

Napthol, blue black

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Nickel

<2.5 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Nitric acid

<0.1%

 

Nitroso-N-ethylurea, N-

<1.0%

 

Octylamine, N-

<10.0%

 

Optifluor

<10.0%

See Section 7.6, Sewering Aqueous Radioactive Waste, for radioactive material limit

Osmium tetroxide

<0.1%

 

Paraformaldehyde

<0.1%

 

Penicillin-streptomycin

No Limit

 

Pentanedione, 1,5-

<1.0%

 

Pentanol

<10.0%

 

Pentyl alcohol

<10.0%

 

Pepsin

<10%

 

Petroleum Distillates

<100 mg/L

 

Phenol

<0.1%

 

Phenyl carboxylic acid

<10.0%

 

Phenylenediamine, 1,2-

<0.1%

 

Phenylhydrazine

<1.0%

 

Phenylmethanol

<10.0%

 

Phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride

<0.01%

 

Phorbol myristate acetate

No Limit

 

Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS, 1X)

No Limit

 

Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS, 10X)

No Limit

 

Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS, 20X)

<67.0%

 

Phosphoric acid

<0.1%

 

Phthalaldehyde, ortho-

<0.1%

 

Piperidine

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Polyethylene glycol 1000

No Limit

 

Polyvinylpyrrolidone

No Limit

 

Potassium acetate

<10.0%

 

Potassium bromide

No Limit

 

Potassium carbonate

<10.0%

 

Potassium chloride

<10.0%

 

Potassium chromate

<2.75 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Potassium cyanate

No Limit

 

Potassium cyanide

<2.0 Mg/L

 

Potassium ferricyanide

<2.0 Mg/L

 

Potassium hydroxide

Neutralize to pH 6-9

See Section 2, Acid and Base Neutralization, for instructions

Potassium iodide

No Limit

 

Potassium isocyanate

No Limit

 

Potassium isothiocyanate

<10.0%

 

Potassium nitrate

<1.0%

 

Potassium oxalate

<1.0%

 

Potassium permanganate

<1.0%

 

Potassium persulfate

<1.0%

 

Potassium phosphate

No Limit

 

Potassium sulfite

No Limit

 

Potassium thiocyanate

<10.0%

 

Procaine HCl

<1.0%

 

Propanol, 1-

<10.0%

 

Propanol, 2-

<10.0%

 

Propanone, 2-

<0.1%

 

Propenamide, 2-

<1.0%

 

Propenoic acid

<0.1%

 

Propidium iodide

No Limit

 

Propylene aldehyde

<0.001%

 

Propylene glycol

No Limit

 

Proteinase K

<20.0%

 

Pyridine

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

RNAZol

<1.0%

 

Rubidium chloride

<10.0%

 

Salicylacetylsalicylic acid

<1.0%

 

Salicylic acid

<1.0%

 

Scintillation fluid

Variable

Find waste type in this section; if not listed, see Section 7.6, Sewering Aqueous Radioactive Waste

Selenium

<0.5 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Serum/Plasma

100%

See Section 8.3, Disinfecting and Disposing of Biohazardous Liquids within the Lab, for sewering instructions

Silver

<1.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Silver nitrate

<1.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Sodium acetate

<10.0%

 

Sodium arsenate

<1.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Sodium azide

<0.001%

 

Sodium bicarbonate

No Limit

 

Sodium bisulfite

<10.0%

 

Sodium borate

<10.0%

 

Sodium cacodylate

<1.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Sodium carbonate

<10.0%

 

Sodium chloride

<10.0%

 

Sodium chromate

<2.75 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Sodium citrate

No Limit

 

Sodium cyanate

<10.0%

 

Sodium cyanide

<2.0 Mg/L

 

Sodium deoxycholate

<10.0%

 

Sodium dodecyl sulfate

<10.0%

 

Sodium hydroxide

Neutralize to pH 6-9

See Section 2, Acid and Base Neutralization, for instructions

Sodium hypochlorite

<1.25% AND pH 6-9

 

Sodium iodide

<10.0%

 

Sodium isocyanate

<10.0%

 

Sodium lauryl sulfate

<10.0%

 

Sodium nitrate

<1.0%

 

Sodium nitrite

<0.1%

 

Sodium oxalate

<1.0%

 

Sodium phosphate

No Limit

 

Sodium selenite

<0.5 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Sodium sulfate

No Limit

 

Sodium sulfite

No Limit

 

Sodium tetraborate

<10.0%

 

Sodium thiocyanate

<10.0%

 

Sodium thiosulfate

No Limit

 

Stains, all

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

unless previously approved by

EH&S

Stannic chloride

<1.0%

 

Stannous chloride

<1.0%

 

Streptomycin sulfate

<1.0%

 

Sucrose

No Limit

 

Sulfamate

<10.0%

 

Sulfuric acid

Neutralize to pH 6-9

See Section 2, Acid and Base Neutralization, for instructions

Tetrabromoacetylene

<0.01%

 

Tetrabromoethane, 1,1,2,2-

<0.01%

 

Tetrahydrofuran

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Tetramethylammonium chloride

<1.0%

 

Tetramethylbenzidine, 3,3',5,5'

<1.0%

 

Tetramethylenediamine

<1.0%

 

Tetranitromethane

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Tetrazole

<10.0%

 

Tham

No Limit

 

Thimerosal

<0.2 mg/L

Metal Waste

Thioanisole

<0.1%

 

Thioglycerol, 1-

<10.0%

 

Thioglycol

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Thiourea

<1.0%

 

Thymidine

No Limit

 

Tin (IV) chloride

<1.0%

 

Toluene

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Tribromoethanol, 2,2,2-

<0.01%

 

Trichloroacetic acid

<0.01% AND pH 6-9

 

Trichloromethane

<6 Mg/L

 

Trichlorotrifluoroethane, 1,1,2-

<0.01%

 

Triethanolamine

No Limit

 

Triethoxyaminopropyl silane

<1.0%

 

Triethylamine

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Trifluoroacetic acid

<0.01% AND pH 6-9

 

Tris buffer

No Limit

 

Triton X-100

<10.0%

 

Trypsin

No Limit

 

Tungstosilicic acid

No Limit

 

Ultima Gold

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Uranyl acetate

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Uranyl nitrate

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Urea

No Limit

 

Warfarin

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Wright stain

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Xylenes

0%

NO AMOUNT SEWERABLE

Zinc

<5.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Zinc chloride

<5.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Zinc oxide

<5.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste

Zinc sulfate

<5.0 Mg/L

Metal Waste