Northwestern Office for Research


Do's and Don'ts of Biohazardous Waste Disposal

DON'T autoclave waste before disposing of it in this container (if you choose to autoclave your waste, it MUST be put into this container for disposal, but it is not necessary to autoclave the waste prior to disposal as the disposal company will ensure that all waste is autoclaved).

DON'T put regular trash in this container.

DON'T put loose waste in this container.

DON'T place bags in this container that have sharp objects sticking out of them.

DON'T overfill this container; notify ORS if it is getting too full.

DO put waste in a red or orange biohazard bag before putting it into this container.

DO label your waste bag with your PIs name and lab room number.

DO use this container to dispose of large numbers of contaminated glass slides (provided they are contained in an appropriate sharps container) DO double bag your waste before dropping it off in this container.

DO place all sharps (including needles and glass pipets) in labeled sharps containers. Other sharps including plastic serological pipets and cotton swabs w/ wooden handles and pipet tips must be disposed of in a solid, puncture resistant container, such as a Pipet Keeper.

DO use this container to dispose of left over human tissue from sectioning and human organs. DO NOT DISPOSE OF ANIMALS IN THIS CONTAINER.

DO dispose of mixed wastes (biological/chemical sharps) NO Radioactive Materials

If you have any question, comments or would like to suggest a location for a biohazard waste bin, please contact Andrea Hall at extension 1-5581 or Thank you for your cooperation.

Northwestern University   

Research Home  |

Office for Research - 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208-1108

The Office for Research promotes, facilitates, and enhances research at Northwestern University.

© 2016 Northwestern University

Northwestern Home | University Policy Statements