Waste Reduction

The goals of Green Labs Waste Reduction is to increase resusable behavior, educate on proper recycling techniques, create more outlets for recycling, and provide adequate recycling resources.

In a 2011 waste assessment, labs produced around 12% of landfill-bound campus waste. Green Labs has since identified many of these items as recyclable and created programs which labs can utilize to reduce their waste:

While recycling is a useful method to divert waste from the landfill, the most efficent and sustainable option is to reuse. Always looks for ways to reuse personal, office, or laboratory products during your daily routine. The Green Labs Program is currently working on pilot projects to increase reuse behavior and awareness within labs.


Pipette Tip Box & Plastic Pail Recycling

Pipette Tip Box Bin
Green Labs, Physical Plant, and EH&S coordinated to recycle rigid plastics such as pipette tip boxes and plastic pails. Recycling bins have been set up throughout science buildings. See our Recycling Guide for locations. Since the start of this program, we have diverted 10,000-15,000 lbs of plastic.

Look for recycling bin signage.


Clean Lab Plastics & Conical Tube Recycling

Clean Lab Plastic Containers and Conical Tubes


Green Labs, Physical Plant, and EH&S coordinated to recycle clean lab plastic containers and conical tubes. A cojoined recycling bin is located at the Physical Science Building loading dock. Please make sure that both containers and tubes are clean and non-contaminated before recycling.

Look for recycling bin signage.


Metal Container Recycling


Green Labs, Physical Plant, and EH&S coordinated to recycle alchohol cans and metal shipping containers. Recycling bins have been set up throughout science buildings to collect this common laboratory waste. See our Recycling Guide for locations.

Look for recycling bin signage.

Quick Resources

Best Waste Practices         EH&S Recycling and Disposal

If you have further questions or need additional information please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 459-2553 or the Recycling Office at 459-3671.