Clean Lab Ware Disposal

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In an effort to correctly manage all types of solid waste generated in laboratories while minimizing the amount of Hazardous Waste created, the University of Florida has adopted the following policy regarding the disposal of clean (i.e. non-contaminated) lab wares.

These laboratory items may be disposed of as “Clean Lab Ware,” provided that the item is clean and is not  contaminated with hazardous chemicals, radiological materials, or biohazardous materials.

  • Lab glassware (empty bottles, beakers, graduated cylinders, flasks, pipettes, etc.)
  • Lab plastic wares (empty product containers, petri dishes, pipette tips, weighing boats, etc.)
  • Empty vials (including conical tubes, test tubes, centrifuge tubes, etc.)
  • Clean, uncontaminated gloves
  • Sharp materials, such as glass slides, broken glassware, pipettes, etc. but DOES NOT INCLUDE METAL NEEDLES, SCALPELS, OR RAZOR BLADES

The following items are not permitted to be disposed of in the lab’s Clean Lab Ware box.

  • Any item contaminated with a hazardous chemical, radiological, or biohazardous material
  • Needles, scalpels, razor blades (must be disposed of in a rigid plastic outer container)
  • Any item marked with a Biohazard symbol
  • Red bags (reserved solely for biohazardous wastes)
  • Used tissue cultures

Labs are directed to line a cardboard box with a plastic garbage bag and label the outside of the box “Clean Lab Ware.” Once full, lab workers should seal the box using tape and dispose of the box as follows:

Labs in the Health Science Center (MSB, Communicore, ARB, MBI, CGRC, EPI, BSB, Pharmacy Wing, Dental Wing): write the Principal Investigator’s name and the room number of the lab on the outside of the box and then leave the box in the hallway for Building Services personnel to remove.

Labs not in the Health Science Center: deliver the closed and sealed box to the building’s dumpster.