Autoclaved biomedical waste

Disposal guidelines (Downtown campus only)

Autoclaved biological waste is disposed through the regular garbage, by Hazardous Waste Management, using a dedicated roll-off container located at Stewart Biology.  In order to manage this waste stream properly, it is MANDATORY for all users to follow these guidelines:

  • The waste must be properly autoclaved and verified with a biological indicator
  • line boxes with the clear plastic bags
  • affix user identification to the outside
  • Make sure there is no liquid left in the autoclaved bags
  • Bring boxes to the hazardous waste room or where the custodial staff normally pick up your autoclaved waste (building specific)
  • If you can't certify that your waste is completely sterilized, you have to dispose of it as biomedical waste

The same procedure applies to autoclaved sharps containers, as well as non-contaminated sharps containers (no need to autoclave).


The following containers must be used to dispose of properly autoclaved biomedical waste, as well as non-contaminated sharps :

Outside of Life Science Complex (LSC)

  • empty boxes will be stored in hazardous waste rooms

Link to notice for users outside of LSC: abw_notice.pdf

Inside Life Science Complex (McIntyre, Bellini, Goodman Cancer Center) and Stewart biology

  • bins are on the McIntyre loading dock and Stewart biology hazardous waste room
  • Bins must stay on the loading dock at the LSC
  • If bins are full use the white box stored in the hazardous waste room