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Glassware Handling and Disposal
This guideline will provide information regarding how to handle, package and dispose of glass from Brandeis University labs. The information in this guideline applies to anyone disposing of glass from Brandeis labs.
This does not apply to:
- Sharps: a device or item having corners, edges or projections capable of cutting or piercing the skin.
- Infectious-waste sharps: sharps, including hypodermic needles, syringes (with or without the attached needle), Pasteur pipettes, scalpel blades, blood vials, needles with attached tubing, culture dishes, suture needles, slides, cover slips and other broken or unbroken glass or plasticware that have been in contact with infectious agents or that have been used in animal or human patient care, treatment, or research.
Glass Handling, Packaging and Disposal
All glassware for disposal must be packaged in a secure box which is lined with a poly bag. DO NOT throw glassware in regular trash cans. Boxes are available through Fisher. Any undamaged corrugated box is suitable and must also be polybag-lined (2 mil).
All containers must be clearly labeled with one of the following:
- Laboratory Glassware
- Lab Glassware Only
- Broken Glass
Pipettes that do NOT contain any biological or infectious material can be handled as broken glass.
Deface or remove labels of empty chemical reagent bottles before discarding in laboratory glassware containers.
When a glassware cardboard box is three-quarters full, seal the top of the box with packaging tape to indicate to custodial services that the box is ready for disposal.
Keep glassware for disposal separate from all other waste in the laboratory. Laboratory glassware cannot be recycled.
Make sure the contents of the container have been removed including as much residual as possible, by the ordinary means of removal from the container (i.e., pouring, scooping). If it contained a liquid and liquid can still drip out, it is not empty yet; let it drain.
DO NOT discard glassware in these containers if it contains hazardous chemicals, infectious or radioactive contaminants. The container/glassware must be empty.
DO NOT use an infectious waste bag to line a glassware box.
DO NOT over load glassware disposal containers.
DO NOT dispose of any of the following in glassware boxes:
- Syringes with or without needles
- Any needles with attached tubing
- Any and all blades (scapels, razor blades, X-acto knives)