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Glass Disposal in Labs

General Disposal

Lab Personnel: To prepare glass for disposal place a trash bag in a cardboard box, place all uncontaminated glass in the trash bag. Close bag with tape, twist tie or zip tie and seal box lid with tape. Write “glass for trash disposal” on the box and leave next to trash can inside the lab. A custodial staff member will remove the appropriately sealed and labeled box from the lab for disposal.

Chemically contaminated glassware (contaminated with acutely toxic chemicals) should be separated from general lab glassware and should be packaged as above, labeled with a UT Hazardous Waste label (include all chemical names) and disposed of through EHS with other hazardous waste. A list of acutely toxic chemicals may be found here: (Hazardous Waste Management Plan-Appendix B-Acutely Hazardous Chemicals List).

Disposal of Glassware Contaminated with Biohazards for Lab Personnel

No material (glassware, paper, etc.) labeled “biohazard” should be discarded via trash. Please review the Biosafety Office Waste Guide for more info

Custodial information for all materials contaminated with radioisotopes:

  • If a container with a radioactive label is found in the trash do not handle the material. Immediately call your supervisor.
  • Only researchers, Radiation Safety, and Environmental Health and Safety personnel should handle these waste products.

Please contact the Radiation Safety Office for more information.

Disposal of empty metal solvent drums:

Lab Personnel: Empty drums can be disposed of by placing in the trash unless otherwise noted on the label.

Contact EHS if you require more information or assistance 865-974-5084 or UTPD if after-hours 865-974-3114.

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