25. Waste Disposal for Broken Glass & Sharps

Broken Glass:

glass pail

BROKEN GLASS IS TO BE DISPOSED OF USING THE “GLASS ONLY” PAILS. BROKEN GLASS CANNOT BE PLACED INTO REGULAR GARBAGE PAILS.

(And vice-versa, no garbage goes into the “Broken Glass Only” pail; inevitably someone gets cut picking out the garbage!)  Be sure to only place rinsed glassware in the broken glass pail; contaminated glassware cannot be place into the Broken Glass Pails.  When this pail is full, place a notice on it to let the custodians know that you would like it to be emptied.  If you pail is full take it to the back of the building and dump it into the “Glass ONLY” bin and make sure it is clean glass.

Sharps:

needles

Sharps are:

  • razor blades
  • scalpels
  • hypodermic needles and syringes

These items must be placed into a needle disposal container.  Make sure that the syringes, needles and razor blades are clean and send it out in a SHARP’s container.  (Needle container)  The Sharp’s container can be purchases via Fisher Scientific.

DO NOT place SHARPS into regular garbage or into the “GLASS ONLY” pail.

Recyclable Materials:

All batteries are sent out with EH&S Chemical waste.  The batteries are then sent out to be recycled.

Gas, oil, paint, spray cabs and solvents are also sent out for disposal via EH&S.

*Chematix is a Chemical Waste Database to properly label and quantify the amount and type of chemical waste that is sent out.  The U of A transports this waste on public roads and must meet the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations as to what they are transporting and how much they are transporting on public roadways.

Each EAS Lab should have a person designated to write up their lab’s chemical waste cards using the Chematix program; the Safety Officer will train you.  They you will place your lab’s chemical waste in B-05 ESB and send the chemical waste list to the Safety Officer.  They will send the accumulated waste off for pickup.