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Chemical Container & Labware Disposal Policy

Title: Chemical Container & Labware Disposal Policy

 POLICY:  Unbroken chemical containers, uncontaminated broken or unbroken glassware, contaminated broken or unbroken glassware, and all pipettes and biologically contaminated glass must be disposed of properly.  Unbroken chemical containers will be collected by the Chemical tracking System to be scanned out of a laboratories inventory.  Uncontaminated broken or unbroken glassware is to be collected by laboratories in cardboard glass bins to be recycled.  Contaminated broken or unbroken glassware must be collected in blue polyethylene containers to be incinerated.   All pipettes and biologically contaminated glass must be collected in red sharps containers to be disposed of as regulated medical waste.  

PURPOSE:  To remove empty chemical bottles from a laboratory’s chemical inventory and disposing of the container and other nonchemical byproducts in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.

RESPONSIBILITY:  All parties using chemical products in Columbia University laboratories.

APPLICABILITY:  Columbia University in the City of New York.

PROCEDURE:
A. Unbroken Chemical Containers

  1. Follow all hazardous waste procedures found at http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/HazardousWaste.html.
  2. Rinse empty container with tap water and deface the label.  For containers holding chemicals that are highly toxic, pyrophoric or water reactive, do not rinse but rather submit to EH&S on a chemical pick up form for proper disposal.
  3. Place rinsed empty containers in yellow central receptacle located on lab floor.
  4. Containers must be tightly capped prior to deposit.
  5. Please make every effort not to break glass containers when inserting into receptacle.

B. Uncontaminated Broken or Unbroken Glassware

  1. Remove barcode, if applicable, or write down the numerical barcode sequence and provide to the barcoder located within Chandler Chem Stores or Pupin room 200 (adjacent to loading dock) so chemical can be removed from inventory.
  2. Rinse container with tap water, if necessary, and place in specially designated plastic lined, cardboard Glass Disposal Box in your lab.
  3. Glassware and containers must be completely empty of chemicals.
  4. Close box once filled (do not overfill), tape closed and place in corridor for facilities to recycle.
  5. Obtain replacement Glassware Disposal Box from Chem Stores and Bio Stores or through other process your lab follows to obtain replacement items.

C. Contaminated Broken or Unbroken Glassware

  1. Follow all hazardous waste procedures found at http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/HazardousWaste.html.
  2. Place contaminated (i.e., unable to be rinsed clean or is grossly contaminated) glassware in blue plastic containers in your lab.
  3. Remove barcode, if applicable, or write down the numerical barcode sequence and provide to the barcoder located within Chandler Chem Stores or Pupin room 200 (adjacent to loading dock) so chemical can be removed from inventory.

D. All Pipettes and Biologically Contaminated Glass for Disposal

  1. Place in large 8-gallon sharps container.

LINKS:
Faq  http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/faq.html

Contacts: http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/group.html