Environmental Protection

Image of chemical bottles to be disposed.The EHSRM Environmental Protection Program is charged with ensuring that all of the institution’s environmental releases are handled in a manner that is not harmful to the environment and that is compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules and regulations. Environmental releases are categorized into the following:

  1. Regulated waste releases
  2. Water releases

It is incumbent upon members of the UTRGV community to be familiar with the rules and regulation applicable to any type of environmental releases generated from their respective activities whether in a facilities, office or laboratory environment. EHSRM is charged with helping with the characterization and proper disposal of any waste streams.

Hazardous Waste Container with label.All hazardous (chemical, biological, radioactive and universal waste streams are required to be disposed of through the Department of Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management’s Environmental Protection Program. Once a container is full of waste, you are required to have the waste removed from your location within 72 hours. 

Click on the link below or email waste@utrgv.edu to request hazardous waste to be picked up. Include location, contact information, type of waste stream, total number and size of containers. Waste containers must be labeled appropriately in order to be picked up. Collection days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Hazardous Waste Pickup Request (email)

Hazardous Waste Pickup Request (form)

EHSRM Program Manager

Juan Huerta

Juan Huerta, CSP, CHMM
EHS Program Manager
EEHSB 1.113
(956) 665-8995