Laboratories produce a high volume of wastes from packaging materials to single-use equipment. The following is information on how to utilize campus resources for sustainable waste management practices in laboratories.
Download a one-page information sheet about waste reduction here.
Glassware & Plasticware
- There are positive and negative environmental impacts of using plasticware or glassware. Both options are long-lasting but it is best to consider which material is best suitable for specific labs needs.
- Lightweight and less prone to shatter but effected by high temperature and some chemicals.
- Shorter lifespan due to lower visibility and chemical damages.
- Heat and chemical resistant but heavyweight and prone to shatter.
- Greater carbon footprint when produced and transported.
Zero Waste Bins
Ensure break rooms and facility hallways incorporate Zero Waste bins to contribute to UCI Zero Waste efforts.
Requests to order Zero Waste bins are through Facilities Management using an FMR, or call 949-824-5444.
Styrofoam Recycling Bins
Styrofoam, or polystyrene, production emits about 21 million tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the emission of 5 power plants.
Styrofoam is either packaging or storage materials because some labs have repurposed styrofoams for laboratory usage.
UCI has implemented styrofoam specific recycling bins located at designated lab facilities. Display the following map of where styrofoam bins are located within lab facilities.
100% Recycled Paper
Set printers and computers to print double-sided, as well as minimizing content when possible. Paper can also be recycled in the blue recycling bins.
UCI had committed to purchasing 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) paper as a standard copy paper for the campus to practice environmental purchasing. The 100% recycled paper can be purchased here at UCI Buy.
Cardboard is a naturally biodegradable material, if not contaminated. Recycled cardboard takes 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard.
Cardboard that is cleaned and flattened can be placed near loading docks of the facility to be recycled.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
Improper disposal of hazardous waste can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.
Therefore, the Environmental Health & Safety department had created a comprehensive list of resources for managing hazardous wastes, including chemical, biohazards, radioactive, e-wastes, and etc. EH&S Hazardous Waste Management.