Guidelines for waste Disposal
These bins are designed for the disposal of microbiological waste, such as bacterial agar plates, and cell culture waste material.
These are plastic bags that the cleaner removes daily. They are for the disposal of laboratory waste paper, empty eppendorf tubes, gloves and other general laboratory waste. They should never be used for the disposal of sharps. Liquid waste should also NOT be placed in these bins to prevent possible exposure of the cleaner to waste.
Contrary to popular opinion, these bins are NOT for the disposal of sharps of any type. No scalpels, no needles, no broken glass plates should be placed in these bins. They should NOT be used for the disposal of the small sharps bins (see below) when the latter are full. Limb bins should NOT be over filled.
Within the labs, we have two types of sharps bins:
This is a black plastic dustbin or wheelie bin. It is for the disposal of broken glass and empty glass bottles (including "winchester" type bottles). Bottles should be rinsed before placing in the bin.
These are for the disposal of office waste only. No laboratory waste should ever be placed in these bins for the protection of the cleaning staff.