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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 is undergoing changes to provide Tennessee schools with more partnerships and educational opportunities. Public K-12 schools can schedule an educational event to learn more about the chemicals housed in their classrooms and storage areas. By participating in the educational event, schools are eligible to utilize the state’s Household Hazardous Waste contractor Clean Harbors Environmental Services (CHES) to remove any unwanted waste at discounted rates.  This is a great opportunity to reduce the overall toxicity in classrooms and campuses. 

Interested in this service for your school? Contact the TSLRP Coordinator to schedule an educational event and learn more!