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Learn about Chemcycle, UC San Diego's chemical recycling program.

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.

Delivery options

  • 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), 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays.
  • Contact the EMF, (858) 534-2753, for urgent deliveries (dependent upon delivery personnel availability).

Donate chemicals

Chemicals must be in the original manufacturer’s container with original labels intact.

Chemcycle acceptable chemicals: non-potential peroxide forming, virgin, unused factory sealed containers.(example: acetone, ethanol, methylene chloride)

Chemcycle does not accept any mixtures, solutions, samples, expired, or degraded chemicals. (example: research by-product, spent material, hazardous waste)

How to donate chemicals:

  1. Use the Online Waste Tag Program (OTP) to have EH&S hazardous waste technicians collect your usable chemicals.
  2. On the OTP's "Create Tag" screen, for "Indicate type of content" select Chemcycle.
  3. Complete and print a tag for the chemical. Request pickup for the container.
  4. Label the container with the waste tag and place it in your hazardous waste collection area.
  5. EH&S technicians will pick up the container on the next scheduled hazardous waste collection for your building.
Notice: Disposal of hazardous waste using sinks, intentional evaporation, or as regular trash is against the law. Campus laboratories must abide by strict state and federal waste disposal requirements. You may be held liable for violations of applicable laws.