Laboratory Waste Disposal

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Laboratory Waste Collection

How do you arrange a waste collection for a laboratory?

We offer our clients a laboratory waste collection schedule to suit the requirements of their business. Our full waste audit will identify how often your laboratory waste needs collecting and will advise your business on the most suitable collection service for you.

We offer daily, weekly or monthly waste collection services, and operate across the UK. So no matter where your laboratory is based, we will have a laboratory waste collection service local to you.

Laboratory Waste

What Laboratory Waste can be recycled?

As a Business Owner, you are legally obligated to ensure that your company’s impact upon the environment is minimal. This is the product of years of environmental neglect from large companies and businesses that has had a catastrophic event on our environment. In fact, experts believe we are nearing, ‘the point of no return’, in regards to climate change and global warming.

However, by adhering to government regulations, and operating with the environment in mind, we can all play our role in protecting the planet. One way in which you can achieve this goal is by recycling wherever possible. Thankfully, a large amount of laboratory waste can be recycled. This includes:

Dry Mixed Recycling

You can recycle metal, paper, cardboard, and plastic in a dry mixed recycling bin. This means you can easily dispose of old documents, papers, and packaging, without having to take the extra time to sort through them.


Glass uses in laboratories can also be recycled. However, you must ensure that they have not come into contact with any hazardous substances. You should also ensure that you do not throw away broken glass in your recycling bin.

However, as a large amount of the waste produced in laboratories is hazardous, they cannot always be recycled. This includes items such as:

Used sharps (needles, syringes)
Radioactive waste
Cytotoxic waste

However, the above items can cause significant damage to human health or the environment and as such, it is important you ensure they are safely disposed of. To do this, you will need to arrange for your waste to be collected by a licensed carrier.

What bins and containers are available for Laboratory Waste?

You have to consider many different things when it comes to storing your laboratory waste before collection. To begin with, you need to ensure that your waste is stored securely, in a place where few people will have access to it – for example, in a locked area. This will serve to protect your employees and the general public from any harm.

Secure storage is also important in order to protect the environment. If you are disposing of any chemicals, ensure that they cannot spill or leak onto the ground. This is particularly important if you handle chemicals such as methanol, which is a significant fire hazard.

Thankfully, there are plenty of safe storage options available. You just need to ensure you use the appropriate bins or containers. This could include:

Cytotoxic and Cytostatic Purple Waste Bags

Purple Cytotoxic waste bags are the best storage solution for cytotoxic waste. This is partly due to the fact that their bold colours mean they won’t be mistaken for any other rubbish, thus minimising the chance of cross-contamination. You can store the following items in cytotoxic waste bags:

Blister packs
Medicinal Vials
Disposable Garments
Gloves and wives

You should ensure that the bags are tied securely, to prevent any spillage.

Waste containers

If you are dealing with any liquid waste, such as chemical or radioactive waste, you need to ensure they are stored in a suitable container. Ensure that the chemical itself will not damage or corrode the container and that the lid is screwed tightly.

Sharps Bins

Sharps bins are specially designed to dispose of any sharps you have on your property safely and securely. By definition, a sharp is any device with a sharp point that can cut or scratch the skin. This could include:

Metal wire

Wheelie bins & Skips

In addition to your traditional laboratory waste, you’ll probably need to dispose of large amounts of general waste and recyclables. As a result, you’ll also need to ensure that you have wheelie bins and skips on site.

If you aren’t sure what the best storage solutions are, or would like some more advice, get in touch with BusinessWaste today!

Why you need to take your laboratories waste disposal seriously?

Very often the waste that laboratories dispose of is hazardous. Under health and safety regulations, this type of waste must be controlled and managed suitably and sufficiently.

Under the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) regulations, all UK employers whose business produces hazardous waste must ensure that they have an efficient waste management system in place that disposes of hazardous waste safely and appropriately.

Hazardous waste can be extremely dangerous and has the potential to seriously harm workers, the public, animals and the environment. Therefore, is essential that your laboratory has an efficient waste disposal system in place. We can provide businesses across the UK with professional laboratory waste disposal services.

What are the different types of laboratory waste?

Laboratory waste comes in many different forms. Much of the waste that laboratories produce must be handled by a hazardous waste disposal expert. We are qualified and able to dispose of the following types of laboratory waste:

  • All types of sharps
  • Contaminated containers
  • Chemical waste
  • Broken glass
  • Alcohol thermometers & mercury thermometers
  • Spent silica
  • Biohazardous waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Cytotoxic waste

The best way of ensuring that your laboratory waste disposal is adequate and fully compliant with the relevant regulations, is to outsource an approved waste provider.

We can provide your organisation with expert laboratory waste disposal professionals who are qualified and experienced in handling all of the different types of wastes which laboratories produce.

Laboratory Waste Disposal

Laboratory waste disposal does not have to be a hassle. With the right help and professional assistance, your business could easily cut costs, improve its efficiency and ensure that it is fully compliant with UK law.

To discuss the different options that we have, and to order your free bin, contact our advisers today for more information. We are happy to answer any queries that you may have about laboratory waste disposal, and we can also offer you a free quote on our services. So call us today on 0800 211 83 90.

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