27. 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.  The Earth Science Building does not recycle their glass waste so the pails are emptied directly into the dumpster behind the ESB.  If you pail is full and you don’t want to wait for someone else to empty it, feel free to dump it into the dumpster yourself.

Sharps:

needles

Sharps are:

  • razor blades
  • scalpels
  • hypodermic needles and syringes

These items must be boxed or bagged and labeled as SHARPS.

Please label the bag with any chemicals that were used in the syringes. All SHARPS are sent out as Chemical Waste and incinerated, therefore it is best that these items are placed in a labeled heavy cardboard box.  When using hypodermic needles, please purchase the appropriate needle disposal containers from 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 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.