Laboratory Waste Collection
How do you arrange a waste collection for a laboratory?
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.
What Laboratory Waste can be recycled?
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)
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?
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:
Gloves and wives
You should ensure that the bags are tied securely, to prevent any spillage.
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 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:
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?
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?
- 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.