Most of our science buildings are equipped with acid dilution tanks. These tanks are specially designed to collect acid waste that is discharged directly from labs via special drain lines. The acid dilution tanks usually contain a neutralizing agent such as limestone. The acid waste is held in the tank until it is neutralized enough to then be released harmlessly to the city sewer system. This provides an alternative to storing the waste in collection bottles, scheduling pickup and the elevated cost of disposing as hazardous waste.
Our job is to periodically check the waste tanks to ensure that they are neutralizing acid waste as planned. If you encounter problems with the acid waste collection system in your building, please contact us immediately.