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Biological Waste Disposal Table

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This table provides the information about infectious 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 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) RAR designated red barrel for carcasses 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 infectious waste including all rDNA material Place in a suitable liquid handling container. Disinfect with 1 part bleach to 10 parts liquid, or other appropriate disinfectant per an IBC approved protocol, and sewer. Can also autoclave and sewer. (Do not sewer agar, handle as solid waste.) Not applicable Not applicable
Contaminated non-sharps (including rDNA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clear autoclave bag such as U Stores # CX10014 or # CX10034 or Autoclave at 121ºC for 60 min See Autoclaving Biological Waste After autoclaving place in regular waste container FM
Red infectious waste bag such as U Stores # MS79723

None

Red bags use vs. autoclaving waste. Please use University resources responsibly. Red bag disposal costs the University 10X more than disposal of autoclaved waste. Red bags are intended for use where an autoclave is not available.

 

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 Stores # CX40245 or # MS-07401 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 rDNA) Place in liquid handling container, label as radioactive waste. Disinfect with 1 part bleach to 10 parts liquid, or other appropriate disinfectant. NOTE: Do not use bleach with radioactive iodine. After disinfecting place in liquid radioactive waste container. DEHS See Radioactive Waste Manual
Solid mixed biohazardous and radioactive waste (including rDNA) 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. DEHS See Radioactive Waste Manual
Radioactive animal waste See Radioactive Waste Manual See Radioactive Waste Manual See Radioactive Waste Manual DEHS
Liquid prions waste

 

 

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Place in a suitable liquid handling container. Treat low titer liquid waste with 0.9% LpH 16 hrs or 5-9% LpH 30 min. For high titer waste follow above LpH treatment by autoclaving 132ºC 4.5 hrs, and sewer. Rinse sink with copious amounts of water (at least 2.5L per ml of LpH). 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 Stores # CX40245 or # MS-07401 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 Call 625-0255 to make arrangement for disposal. Tissue digester Call 625-0255 to make arrangement for disposal. Call 625-0255 to make arrangement for disposal.
Biological toxins Place in a suitable container for treatment Treat with 2N NaOH for at least 1 hr, neutralize the NaOH solution with acid until the pH is between 5 and 8, sewer if toxin is not in a hazardous chemical mixture. If the toxin is in a hazardous chemical mixture, put in hazardous chemical waste container after treatment with NaOH - no longer a toxin hazard. DEHS See Hazardous Chemical Waste Management Guidebook

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