What goes into the new red-topped bins?
The new red-lidded, brown-bodied rolling bins are meant for the following uncontaminated materials:
LAB GLASS and BOXES of BROKEN GLASS containing uncontaminated lab glass (pyrex or borosilicate) or broken glass. Note that uncontaminated whole recyclable glass can be placed in comingled recycling.
STERILIZED AUTOCLAVE WASTE in autoclave bags of any color. These can be placed directly in the bins.
*IT IS CRITICAL THAT THESE BAGS ARE STERILIZED BEFORE GOING INTO THE BINS*
What does not go into the bins?
Sharp containers do not go into the bins. Sharps must be picked up by EH&S or contracted through an outside company for pickup and disposal. Anything which needs to be sent to EH&S for safe disposal should continue to be treated exactly the same as before. This program only changes the procedure for materials that have been considered safe to place in the landfill dumpsters, but can be physically dangerous if contacted accidentally.
What is the purpose of this program?
Materials placed in trash bins and dumpsters anywhere on the campus are handled by waste management staff in the process of transferring the material off the campus and to the landfill. To ensure adequate safety for all staff and to permit the development of more advanced waste and recycling programs, the physically dangerous items listed above must be separated from the main trash stream. Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities Management, UCSB LabRATS, and campus waste hauler Marborg Industries are working together to implement this program in all buildings that generate the types of waste listed above. LabRATS is offering assistance to any lab or department interested in developing procedures to keep more recyclable lab waste out of the landfill.
How will the new program work in my lab?
Your lab building has been supplied with special red-lidded rolling bins that will be clearly marked and labeled as being part of the program. One will be located near every building’s landfill dumpster, and in some buildings there may be a shared indoor location, such as a common autoclave room, where more bins are located. The bins must remain locked when outside of a building, but can be left unlocked inside a lab space. Check with your building manager, or send an email to Facilities Management to find your nearest location or obtain a key.
Whenever your lab generates one of the above listed physically hazardous waste items, place it in the nearest bin. Indoor bins will be taken from the building to the nearest dumpster corral by a designated individual on Friday for Saturday pick-up. After the bins are emptied by Marborg, the designated party will retrieve the bin from the dumpster corral and return it to its place in the building.
The bin by the dumpsters outside my building is locked! How do I get into it?
Your building manager has a key to this bin. It’s actually the same key that opens all of the dumpsters on campus, which are required to remain locked at all times. If your lab would like one of these keys, you can request one from Custodial Services. They are happy to provide a key to any lab that wants one, since it will make it easier for labs to properly dispose of their waste.
Our lab generates a lot of sharps or broken glass. Could we have our own bin?
Yes! You will need to find space in the lab, and designate a responsible party to take the bin out for pickup whenever it becomes full. They will need to lock the bin and wheel it out to the dumpster area for pickup on Friday afternoon, and then bring it back to your lab by Monday morning after the Saturday pickup. Contact Facilities Management at the address below to make the arrangement.
How can I get an additional or different sized bin?
The bins come in three different sizes; the dimensions of each are listed below.
‘Small’ = 35 Gallon: 19.5″ wide x 23.5″ deep x 39.5″ high
‘Medium’ = 65 gallon: 26.5″ wide x 28.5″ deep x 41″ high
‘Large’ = 95 gallon: 28″ wide x 34″ deep x 45″ high
Most indoor locations will be receiving the ‘Small’ bin, while one of the ‘Large’ size will be in the dumpster area outside your building. If your laboratory requires a different size or additional bins, you may contact Facilities Management at the address below to request the change.
What about other materials my lab generates?
This program only changes the procedure for materials that have been considered safe to place in the landfill dumpsters, but are physically dangerous if contacted accidentally. Broken or whole lab glass, and autoclaved waste should now be placed only in the new bins, and never in the landfill dumpsters. You should continue to handle all other lab waste according to your lab’s established procedures. Anything your lab has been sending to EH&S as HazMat should continue to go there. If you are concerned about safe disposal of any material, contact EH&S at the address below.
If your lab recycles or is interested in recycling any materials, we strongly encourage you to do so. Uncontaminated non-pyrex glass and plastic materials from labs can be placed in cominged recycling containers. LabRATS can provide you with additional information and consultation on what can be recycled in your lab, where to deposit recyclables, and how to handle any questionable items. Contact them at the address below.
If I have any further questions, who do I contact?
Matthew O’Carroll – Refuse & Recycling Intern, Facilities Management: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Carter – Hazardous Waste Manager, Environmental Health & Safety: email@example.com
Amorette Getty – UCSB LabRATS Co-Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there more details on a website somewhere?
The new policy is posted on EH&S’s Hazardous Waste webpage:
For detailed information on good lab waste disposal practices, and to request a personalized consultation for your lab: