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Biological Waste Disposal Table

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This table provides the information about biohazardous waste pick-up and disposal for the following items:

Type Of Waste Container For Disposal or Treatment Local Treatment Where To Put For Pick-up Picked Up By
Animal bedding, cage, water bottle from infected animals

 

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Place cage, water bottle and bedding in clear autoclave bag as directed by RAR. (If animals housed outside of RAR, return bag to RAR) Autoclaved by RAR staff. Place autoclaved bedding in regular trash. FM
Animal carcasses and tissue (including transgenic animal tissue) Place in digestible bag in RAR designated red barrel.

Digestible bag in U Market #GC20009 (small) or #GC20010 (large)

None See RAR Animal Care Services for the location of animal coolers. FM
Human organs, tissue, or body parts (pathological waste) Call Bequest Program 625-1111 None Call Bequest Program 625-1111 Call Bequest Program 625-1111
Liquid biohazardous waste including all r/sNAs* material Place in a suitable liquid handling container. Disinfect with 1 part bleach to 9 parts liquid waste, or approved disinfectant per an IBC protocol, and sewer. Can also autoclave and sewer. (Do not sewer agar; handle as solid waste.) Not applicable Not applicable
Contaminated non-sharps (including r/sNAs*)

 

 

 

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Clear autoclave bag such as U Market # 95042-568 etc
or
Autoclave at 121ºC for 60 min See Autoclaving Biological Waste After autoclaving place in regular waste container FM
Red biohazardous waste bag such as U Market #11215-816 etc. None

 

Next to regular lab trash container NOTE: Red bags cannot be placed in hallways or other public areas Call 624-2900 for a pick-up request if biohazardous material is not normally picked up in your area
Glass (not contaminated with hazardous material) Dedicated box closed and taped shut (use separate boxes for broken and non-broken glass and label as such) None Next to regular lab trash container FM
Sharps, whether or not contaminated Sharps container such as U Market # 14827129 etc. None Next to regular lab trash container NOTE: Sharps containers cannot be placed in hallways or other public areas FM or call 624-2900 for a pick-up request if biohazardous material is not normally picked up in your area
Liquid mixed biohazardous and radioactive waste (including r/sNAs*) Place in liquid handling container, label as radioactive waste. Disinfect with 1 part bleach to 9 parts liquid waste, or other appropriate disinfectant. NOTE: Do not use bleach with radioactive iodine. After disinfecting place in liquid radioactive waste container. UHS See Radioactive Waste Manual
Solid mixed biohazardous and radioactive waste (including r/sNAs*) Place solid waste in clear autoclave bag, attach autoclave tape, label as radioactive waste. Autoclave at 121ºC for 60 min. See Autoclaving Biological Waste After autoclaving place in solid radioactive waste container. UHS See Radioactive Waste Manual
Radioactive animal waste See Radioactive Waste Manual See Radioactive Waste Manual See Radioactive Waste Manual UHS
Liquid prions waste

 

 

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Place in a suitable liquid handling container. Dispose in VDL Tissue Digester
or
autoclave at 134ºC for 1 hour and sewer
or
treat with 40% bleach or 2N NaOH for 1 hour and neutralize with acid until pH is between 5 and 8 and sewer or hold for chemical waste disposal.
Not applicable Not applicable
Solid prions waste Place non-tissue low level solid waste in yellow waste bag in yellow barrel. None Next to regular lab trash container Call 625-6481 for yellow bag & yellow barrel delivery & pick-up
Sharps contaminated with prions waste Sharps container such as U Market # 14827129 etc. Place sharps container in yellow waste bag Next to regular lab trash container Call 625-6481 for pick-up
Animal tissue and carcasses contaminated with prions waste Place in digestible bag in RAR designated red barrel.

Digestible bag in U Market #GC20009 (small) or #GC20010 (large)

None See RAR Animal Care Services for the location of animal coolers. FM
Biological toxins Place in a suitable container for treatment Treat with 10% (1:9 v/v) bleach for at least 30 minutes or other proven effective inactivating agent. If the toxin is in a hazardous chemical mixture, put in hazardous chemical waste container after treatment with inactivating agent - no longer a toxin hazard. UHS See Hazardous Chemical Waste Management Guidebook

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

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