Chemcycle is UCSD's chemical recycling program operated by Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S).
UCSD researchers can obtain free chemicals and donate usable surplus chemicals. Chemcycle is good for the pocketbook and good for the environment.
How to use Chemcycle
Follow instructions on the Chemcycle Web page to search for and request free chemicals.
- Standard delivery occurs during the next scheduled hazardous waste collection for your building.
- Pick up an order yourself at the EH&S Environmental Management Facility (EMF) (map), 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.
- Contact the EMF, (858) 534-2753, for urgent deliveries (dependent upon delivery personnel availability).
Chemicals must be in the original manufacturer’s container, preferably unopened (if opened, free of contamination and greater than 50% full), with original labels intact. Please donate only usable surplus materials.
Chemcycle does not accept mixtures, samples, expired, or degraded chemicals.
How to donate chemicals:
- Use the Online Waste Tag Program (OTP) to have EH&S hazardous waste technicians collect your usable chemicals.
- On the OTP's "Create Tag" screen, for "Indicate type of content" select Chemcycle.
- Complete and print a tag for the chemical. Request pickup for the container.
- Label the container with the waste tag and place it in your hazardous waste collection area.
- EH&S technicians will pick up the container on the next scheduled hazardous waste collection for your building.