What are the rules?
Columbia University's Morningside Campus complies with all local, state and federal regulations regarding the handling, storage and disposal of laboratory chemical containers and glassware. If you have an empty, intact and clean chemical container (glass, metal or plastic, with or without a bar code), follow all normal hazardous waste procedures. Rinse the empty container with water, deface the label and deposit it in the yellow central receptacle located on your floor.
How do I dispose of broken, unclean or biologically contaminated lab material?
If you have unclean and broken containers or glassware, follow all normal hazardous waste procedures. Deposit the item in the blue plastic containers in the lab. If you can, remove the bar code or write down the numerical bar code sequence. Give the bar code or sequence number to the chemical tracking team in 154 Chandler (chemistry, 212-854-5207) or 200ST Pupin (biology, 212-854-7469) so the item can be removed from inventory.
If you have clean and broken containers or glassware, remove the bar code or write down the bar code sequence and provide this information to the chemical tracking team in 154 Chandler (chemistry, 212-854-5207) or 200ST Pupin (biology, 212-854-7469) so the item can be removed from inventory. Afterwards, rinse the container with water (containers must be completely empty of chemicals) and deposit the container into the plastic-lined cardboard Glassware Disposal Box in your lab. Once this box is filled, close the box and place in the corridor for removal by Facilities. You can obtain replacement boxes from the appropriate chemical tracking team.
If you have biologically contaminated glassware (all pipettes, volumetric and Pasteur), deposit the items into the large 8-gallon sharps containers.
For removal of any type of container, place a request by using the EH&S on-line form, or call Environmental Health & Safety at 212-854-8749.