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Chemcycle

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

Chemcycle is the UC San Diego chemical recycling program operated by Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S).

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. We pick up and deliver!

How to use Chemcycle

  1. Search the ChemCycle inventory and submit a query. (You can view all available chemicals if you want to see the entire inventory.)
  2. Select the checkbox next to the chemical(s) you wish to acquire.
  3. Click the Submit Request Form.
  4. Enter your contact details and click Submit Request.

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.
For more information, contact Chemcycle, (858) 534-2753.
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.