Lab Related Waste

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  • Non-Hazardous Lab Waste
  • Laboratory Glass (non-hazardous)
    • Place broken glass and unwanted lab glassware in a study cardboard container with a lid.
    • Identify the container by writing the lab name and number on the container.
    • When the container is full, seal the lid and place the container in the trash bin.
    • Deface empty glass containers of 5 gallons or less and discard them in the trash (or glass recycle if available.
  • Biohazard Waste Disposal
  • Sharps Waste
    • Place sharps in a hard-wall "sharps" container
    • When the container reaches the "full" line, close the lid so that the container is sealed.
      • Biohazard Sharps must be disposed within 7 days after the container is sealed.
      • Non-hazardous sharps must be disposed in a clear sharps container without a biohazard label (or deface label with sharpie pen).
    • The preferred method of disposing pipette tips is in a hard-walled sharps container. However, pipette tips are allowed to be disposed as non-sharps, as long as they are double bagged in a thick bag. For more details see Safety Net #3.
  • Hazardous Waste- (Chemical Disposal)
    • All chemical disposal is now handled through the WASTe program.  See the WASTe Fact Sheet for more information.
    • Labs in 1515 Newton Ct., 1544 Newton Ct. and the CNS-Annex, take your properly tagged chemicals, in secondary containment, that have already been submitted for pick up to room 425 during the scheduled date/time.
      • DO NOT leave abandoned chemicals in or around the room, you must personally deliver the chemicals to the EH&S representative.
    • For information regarding Ethidium Bromide detoxification, see Safety Net #53.
    • For more information regarding Chemical Waste Disposal, see Safety Net #8.
    • For information on chemical spills see Safety Net #13 "Guidelines for Chemical Spill Control."
    • Disinfect UV light bulbs and submit them as hazardous waste during the normal waste pick up schedule as "Universal Waste."
  • Controlled Drug Disposal
  • Chemotherapeutic Agents
    • Place liquid chemotherapeutic waste in an appropriately labeled yellow hard-walled container.
    • Submit all chemotherapeutic waste to Stericycle. 
      • Note: An account with Stericycle must be set up prior to using chemotherapeutic agents.
    • Place the container at the accumulation site, or call Stericycle when the container is ready for pick up.
  • Non-Hazardous Animal Carcass Disposal
    • Place carcasses in the freezer in room 425 at 1515 Newton Ct. for pick up.
    • Complete the information in the sign-in log on the table on the east wall of room 425.
  • Biohazardous Animal Carcass Disposal
    • Place carcasses in a red biohazard bag in a designated carcass disposal freezer at an approved pick up location.
    • Call Stericycle to pick up carcasses in the freezer. Make sure they give you a manifest document.
    • Give a copy of the manifest document to the CNS Safety Manager.
  • Radioactive Waste