Plastic Pipette Packaging and Disposal Procedures

Safety Update General web             

(Updated: 10/05/11)

This flyer is designed to eliminate much of the confusion surrounding the issue of plastic pipette waste disposal and to aid in disposing of these waste streams properly and safely.

This procedure will keep the costs of disposing of these waste streams to a minimum. The table below is a procedural guide for the disposal of plastic pipette waste.

Contamination Classification:

Picked up by:

Container type:

Required labeling:

Biological Only

(Not Autoclaved)

Type-1

EH&S

Red Plastic Bags in a Hard-Sided Container

Biohazard Label

Hazardous Chemical Only

Type-2

EH&S

Plastic-Lined/Cardboard Box

Hazardous Chemical Waste Tag

Mixed Waste

1 & 2  Combined

EH&S

Plastic-Lined/Cardboard Box

Hazardous Chemical Waste Tag

Radioactive Only*

Type-3

EH&S

Plastic-Lined/Cardboard Box

Radioactive Waste Tags

Mixed Waste

Types 1 & 3 Combined*

(Considered Radioactive)

EH&S

Plastic-Lined/Cardboard Box

Radioactive Waste Tags

Mixed Waste

Types 1, 2, & 3 Combined*

(Considered Radioactive)

EH&S

Plastic-Lined/Cardboard Box

Radioactive Waste Tags

Mixed Waste

Types 2 & 3 Combined*

(Considered Radioactive)

EH&S

Plastic-Lined/Cardboard Box

Radioactive Waste Tag & Chemical Waste Tag

Non-Hazardous

Facilities

Management

Plastic-Lined Cardboard Box/

Hard-Sided Container

N/A

(* As with all radioactive waste, these wastes must also be separated according to half-life.)

 

For disposal of autoclaved plastic pipettes, follow these procedures:

 

▪ Autoclave only biologically contaminated plastic pipettes.

 

▪ Double bag waste to contain residual liquids after autoclaving.

 

▪ Use a clear plastic bag.

 

▪ Dispose of as regular waste.

If you have any questions, contact your EH&S Safety Specialist.