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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.

Search and order free chemicals online through Marketplace. We pick up and deliver!

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How to use Chemcycle

There are 3 ways to search for FREE Chemicals in Marketplace:  

  1. In the search box, type in the material you are looking for and click search e.g., trimethylpentane. Look for the UC San Diego chemcycle logo Chemcycle logo or check to see if UC San Diego Chemcycle is listed on the lower left corner of the screen (By Supplier Name section). Choose the Chemcycle, then just add it to your cart and check out.  screenshot
  2. In the search box, type "chemcycle" and all of the available chemicals will become listed. Click on the chemical you want and add it to your cart and check out  OR, screen shot
  3. Click on the Chemcycle (EH&S) link on the UC San Diego Goods and Services sidebar and look at all of the chemicals that are available, then again click on the material and add it to your cart.  screen shot

Delivery options

  • Standard delivery occurs during the next scheduled hazardous waste collection for your building.
  • 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, e.g., acetone, ethanol, methylene chloride.

Chemcycle does not accept any mixtures, solutions, samples, expired, or degraded chemicals, e.g., 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.

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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.