Biological Waste Disposal

Biological Waste Disposal

Biohazard Bins

   Do not overfill bins!

    Max weight = 35 to 40 lbs.




  • Waste should be collected and stored in a leak proof, puncture resistant, secondary container (labeled garbage can, autoclavable plastic bin, or stainless steel pot) with a lid.
  • Full biohazard waste bags must be placed into the red bins provided by OEHS, and the lid closed.
  • When the OEHS container is full, tie the liner bag and submit an online pick-up request.



Place containers close to where sharps are used. Don't overfill


SHARPS include:

  • Needles and syringes
  • Scalpels and lancets
  • Razor and microtome blades
  • IV tubing with needles attached.
  • Contaminated glass Pasteur pipettes
  • Any other sharp, metal lab waste that could puncture a bag.


Uncontaminated/decontaminated lab glass and plastic

Treat contaminated glass/plastic with appropriate chemical disinfectant, then dispose of these

materials in sturdy cardboard boxes. Tape boxes closed and label "glass waste" for collection by custodial

staff. DO NOT dispose sharps, biohazards, or chemicals in cardboard boxes or in the regular trash!

Printable pdf: Biological Waste Disposal Flyer

Please see the Biological Waste Disposal Guide for further guidance on how to dispose of common laboratory supplies.

To request containers or waste pick-ups:

Biological Waste Pick-Up and New Container Request Form