Broken Glass, Sharps, and Recyclable Materials

Broken Glass:

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. They must the placed in a separate solid container and disposed of through CHEMATIX.

To empty your “glass only” pail when full, leave it just outside your lab on a Tuesday evening. Cleaning staff will collect the glass and leave the pail.


Sharps:

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 sharps container. The sharps container can be purchased via Fisher Scientific.

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


Recyclable Materials:

All batteries are sent out with HSE 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 HSE.

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. Deposit the waste in ESB B-03 and send the chemical waste list to the EAS Safety Designate.  They will send the accumulated waste off for pickup.