Tennessee Schools Lab Rehab Program
High schools all across the country use hazardous substances on a daily basis. Chemistry and biology labs maintain these chemicals to educate students about important scientific concepts; vocational programs use them to train students in important trades such as welding and automotive mechanics. While these substances are a necessary part of education and training, they cause problems when it comes time to dispose of them.
Hazardous waste is any material that contains hazardous chemicals or exhibits a characteristic of hazardous waste (ignitability, corrosivity, toxicity, reactivity). Examples of hazardous waste include mercury, acids, bases, oxidizers, paints, solvents, batteries, pesticides, herbicides, aerosols, and automotive fluids. These wastes can pose a serious health threat to the user as well as the environment when disposed improperly. Proper disposal of these materials can cost up to ten times their original purchase price.
The Tennessee Schools Lab Rehab Program exists to solve these problems for public high schools in Tennessee. By authorization of T.C.A. § 68-211-833, TSLRP makes use of funding from the state’s Solid Waste Management Fund to provide the opportunity for K-12 schools to dispose of their hazardous wastes, at no cost to them, through the state’s Household Hazardous Waste contractor Clean Harbors Environmental Services (CHES).
Interested in this service for your school? Contact the TSLRP Coordinator to schedule an educational event and learn more!