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Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide iconResearch Safety works to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local safety and environmental regulations in the collection and proper disposal of chemical, radioactive, and biological waste generated by the research, teaching, and clinical operations at Northwestern University. Read the Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide for more information.

 

 

 

 

Do not autoclave biological waste. Biological waste should be disposed of in provided Biowaste Bins.
Biohazardous Sharp Waste

Includes

  • Glass pipettes
  • Syringes (with or without needles)
  • Glass slides and cover slips
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Razor blades, scalpel blades, t-pins

Collection

  • All biohazardous sharp waste must be disposed of in the biohazard sharp bin
Solid Biohazardous Waste

Includes

  • Plastic tubes, plastic bottles (emptied)
  • Plastic petri dishes
  • Flasks
  • Contaminated paper or gauze
  • Gloves
  • Small Tissue Pieces

Collection

  • All biohazardous waste must go in double red/orange biohazard bags
  • The bags must be in a rigid outer container while in use
Liquid Biohazardous Waste
  • Mix the waste with 1 part bleach to nine parts liquid, let stand 20 minutes then pour down the drain with plenty of running water
Burn Boxes/Incineration Boxes

Includes

  • Serological pipettes
  • Plastic automatic pipette tips
  • Plastic transfer pipettes

Disposal

  • When the container is 80% full, close it and dispose in the closest biohazard bin

Chicago Campus Locations

  • CCM: Lurie 1 Dock
  • Lurie: 3-228, 4-228, 5-228, 6-228, 7-228, 8-222, 9-271, 10-214, 11-220
  • McGaw: M-519
  • Olsen: 8-402, M407B, M407 suite, MRI O-210
  • Searle: Freight elevator vestibules on floors 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 15
  • Tarry: 2-hallway, 3-745, 4-745, 6-707, 7-745, 8-751, 11-756A, 12-732, 13-703, 14-774, 15-752, 16-732
  • Ward: 3-260, 6-003, 9-258 in 250, 9-312, 10-022, 11-100, 12-hall, 14-hall

Evanston Campus Locations

  • 1801 Maple: 2160, 4160, 6240
  • Tech: A-261 (restricted), B-370 (restricted), DG-62 (accessible), E-211 (accessible),  J-115A (restricted)
  • Hogan: 5-141 (accessible)
  • Cook: 2-078 (restricted), 2-160 (accessible), 3-150 (accessible)
  • Pancoe: 3-343 (accessible), 4-343 (accessible)
  • Ryan: 1029 (restricted), 3029 (restricted)
  • Silverman: B-705 (accessible), 1-571 (restricted), 1-721 (restricted), 2-569 (restricted), 2-589 (restricted), 3-710 (restricted), 4-541 (accessible)
  • Frances-Searle: B-202 (restricted)
Sharps Waste

Includes:

  • Glass pipettes
  • Syringes (with or without needles)
  • Pipette tips
  • Glass slides and cover slips
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Razor blades, scalpel blades, t-pins

Approved Containers:

  • Varying sizes of sharps containers with radioactive label applied

Pick-up Request

  • Request through Lumen
Solid Biohazardous Waste

Includes:

  • Plastic tubes, plastic bottles (emptied)
  • Plastic petri dishes
  • Flasks
  • Contaminated paper or gauze
  • Gloves
  • Small tissue pieces
  • NO FREE LIQUIDS

Approved Containers:

  • Double biohazard bags inside rigid 10 gal or 22 gal radioactive waste drum with biohazard label applied

Pick-up Request:

  • Request through Lumen; seal interior bag and seal container lid
Keep lid on top while in use

 

Liquid Waste

Includes:

  • Liquids only

Approved Containers:

  • 1 gal carboy with approved funnel
  • 5 gal carboy with approved funnel

Pick-up Request:

  • Request through Lumen
  • List all chemical constituents
  • Ensure container label information matches Lumen waste pick-up request
  • For pick-up, remove funnel and seal tight
DO NOT OVERFILL

 

Scintillation Vials

Includes scintillation vials only

Approved containers:

  • 5 gal buckets with “Vials Only” label

Pick-up Request:

  • Request through Lumen
  • Seal interior bag and seal container lid

 

Carcasses

Approved Containers:

  • Double-bagged biological waste bags with PI name and date

Pick-up Request:

  • Coordinate pick-up with HPS

In Lab Storage:

  • Keep in freezer
Lead Pigs

Includes:

  • Uncontaminated, open lead-lined pigs only with defaced RAM symbol

Approved Containers

  • Varying sizes of clean boxes

Pick-up Request:

  • Request through Lumen