Environmental Health and Safety

Uncontaminated Lab Waste (Non- Hazardous)

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Used PPE that is not contaminated (e.g. used gloves, paper towels, booties, disposable lab coats, etc.)   ✓ - check          
Uncontaminated Pipetts/pasteur pipettes used with non-hazardous solutions     ✓ - check        
Emptied and uncontaminated syringes only - No needles. Needles must go into sharps container. Note: never remove meedles from the syringe.     ✓ - check        
All other solid uncontaminated lab-related waste     ✓ - check        

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Chemical Waste (Hazardous)

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Empty containers from Acutely Toxic chemicals (e.g. sodium azide, cyanides, osmium tetroxide, etc.) Do not rinse container.             ✓ - check
Empty chemical containers: Rinse. Deface label with a permanent black marker. Place in regular trash. Do not recycle.   ✓ - check          
Old, expired hazardous chemicals: If disposing of 15+ containers, contact safety@uvm.edu to help sort, group, and tag chemicals. Bottles with identical composition and hazards can be grouped and tagged with one lab waste tag.             ✓ - check
Non-hazardous powders (e.g. phosphates, citrates, agar, etc.)             ✓ - check
Non-hazardous liquids: Only chemicals PRE-approved for sink disposal can go down lab drain. Submit a sink disposal request form online. See: Laboratory Chemical Waste Management
Chemically-contaminated PPE and spill debris (kimwipes, gloves, pads, etc.) Collect in clear bag only.             ✓ - check
Broken bottles contaminated with chemicals: Place in clear plastic bag then store inside a cardboard box.             ✓ - check
Controlled drugs 

Consult with Safety Staff or UVM Veterinarian

Oils and Oily debris: Oil is a regulated waste in Vermont. Collect oil by type. Collect oily debris (e.g. rags, gloves, paper towels, etc) in clear bag.             ✓ - check
Sharps contaminated with chemicals (e.g. blades, needles, stirring devices, pipette tips.)             ✓ - check

Environmental Health and Safety

Biological Waste

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Liquid biological waste (no chemicals): Disinfect by adding a 10% bleach solution, let sit for 20 minutes and pour down the drain. ✓ - check            
Empty containers: Place capped containers in Biohazard box or disinfect by rinsing with a 10% bleach solution for 20 minutes and then place in regular trash.           ✓ - check  
Sharps: blades, scalpels, needles, glass slides, glass slide covers, inoculating needle, stirring devices, capillary tubes.         ✓ - check
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Serological pipettes/Pasteur pipettes: Place in a primary puncture-proof package (e.g. the box they came in). Then place in biohazardous box.       ✓ - check
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Pipette tips: Collect in a container on benchtop. Then consolidate into biowaste box.           ✓ - check  
Autoclaved waste: contact UVM Biowaste officer at safety@uvm.edu              
Invasive or transgenic plants, insects or derived materials (soils). Contact safety@uvm.edu
Mixed waste: waste contaminated with biological material and chemicals             ✓ - check
Animal carcasses/Animal bedding: contaminated w/biohazardous material, including biotoxins and chemical agents, rDNA, etc. Contact Office of Animal Care Management
Proteases: DNase, RNase, etc.           ✓ - check  
Biotoxins: Contact safety@uvm.edu See also: emergency.cdc.gov/agent/biotoxins             ✓ - check

Environmental Health and Safety

Compressed Gas Cylinders

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Order from current UVM compressed gas vendor. Vendor is contracted to move/relocate gas tanks in and around UVM.              
Specialty gases: If contracted gas vendor does not supply the specialty gas that you need, purchase from gas vendor who will agree to accept your empty gas cylinder for disposal.              
Lecture bottles: gases 12-18 inches long and 203 inches in diameter. Purchase only from a vendor who will allow you to return the empty cylinder to them or Fill out a Lab Waste Tag for proper disposal.

Environmental Health and Safety

Radioactive Waste

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Radioactive waste or mixed waste: Mixed waste includes items that are both chemically and radiologically contaminated. Contact Radiation Safety 656-2570 or email radsafe@uvm.edu

Environmental Health and Safety

Universal Waste/Recyclables (Other)

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Lightbulbs: include ultraviolet lights, compacts, LED bulbs, metal halide Contact Safety staff 656-5408 or email safety@uvm.edu
Lead acid batteries: Tag as lab waste             ✓ - check
Assorted batteries: Lithium, Nicad, Alkaline and Button batteries. Collect in brown battery bucket or box. Tag bucket when full as lab waste.             ✓ - check
Computers, monitors, keyboards, mouse Submit FAMIS work order
Old or unneeeded lab equipment: Must be decontaminated by lab. Must also complete a Surplus Disposal Form. Submit FAMIS work order