Non-hazardous Laboratory Glass and Plastics Recycling Program

NON-HAZARDOUS glass and plastic items used in laboratories can now be recycled!

sign nonhazardous glasssign Nonhazardous plastic

picture plastic glass bins

GLASS may be placed in the TEAL toters.  PLASTIC can go into the ORANGE toters.

Please ensure that items are CLEAN, TRIPLE RINSED.



This includes items such as, – though not limited to – test tubes, Petri dishes, pipettes and pipette racks, boxes, trays, bottles and jars.

This program has phased out the old program of placing items in orange, plastic pails that were discarded as garbage.


place anything in these toters that poses any potential hazard!

Any material that cannot be properly cleaned, should be disposed of with chemical, biological or radioactive waste

Each toter has a volume of approximately 120 litres and is approximately 1 meter tall, 60 centimeters deep, about 50 centimeters wide.
Full toters should be placed outside of the laboratory where the Caretaking staff will replace the bins.

The program is active at the following locations:
Banting Institute
Best Building
Earth Sciences Building
Fitzgerald Building
Galbraith & Sanford Fleming Buildings
Haultain Building
Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building
Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories
Mechanical Building
Mining Building
Medical Sciences Building
Ramsay Wright Laboratories
Rosebrugh Building
Tanz Building
Physical Geography
Walberg Building

If you would like to request toters for your lab or have any other questions, please contact the Waste Management Office at 946-5711.

For 2014 -2015 approximately 25 metric tonnes of non-hazardous glass and plastic was recycled and approximately 9000 plastic buckets – about another 8 tonnes – were kept out of land fill.

If you have any questions, please call the Waste Management office at 946-5711 or e-mail

For information and all questions concerning hazardous waste contact the
Office of Environmental Health and Safety

The Laboratory Hazardous Waste Management manual can be found here:

Specific information on plastic and glassware can be found in section 5.5.2:

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