Sharps, Non-Sharps, and Glass Waste Disposal

Sharps, whether or not contaminated

Container requirements Processing method Where to place for pickup Who picks up the waste
Sharps container such as U Market #CX40234, etc. Gray biohazardous waste bins for offsite autoclaving

Next to regular lab trash container

NOTE: Sharps containers cannot be placed in hallways or other public areas

Facilities Management (FM)

or

Call (612) 624-2900 for a pickup request if biohazardous material is not normally picked up in your area

Sharps contaminated with prions, high-hazard chemicals, or chemotherapy drugs 

Container requirements Processing method Where to place for pickup Who picks up the waste
Yellow sharps container such as U Market #19001-039, etc. Place in yellow biohazardous waste bins for offsite incineration Next to regular lab trash container Call (612) 625-6481 for pickup

Contaminated non-sharps (including r/sNAs*)

Container requirements Processing method Where to place for pickup Who picks up the waste

Leak-proof container, equiped with a lid

Clear autoclave bag such as U Market #95042-568, etc. After autoclaving place in regular waste container Facilities Management (FM)
Leak-proof container, equiped with a lid Red biohazardous waste bag such as U Market #11215-816, etc.

Next to regular lab trash container

NOTE: Red bags cannot be placed in hallways or other public areas 

Call (612) 624-2900 for a pickup request if biohazardous material is not normally picked up in your area

Glass (not contaminated with hazardous materials)

Container requirements Processing method Where to place for pickup Who picks up the waste
Two-ply cardboard box, lined with a plastic bag (use separate box for broken and non-broken glass and label as such) When full, tape shut Next to regular lab trash container Facilities Management (FM)

*Note: r/sNAs refers to recombinant/synthetic Nucleic Acids.