Autoclaved biomedical waste

Disposal guidelines (Downtown campus only)

Autoclaved biological waste is disposed through the regular garbage.  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

  • Yellow bins are only in the Stewart biology garbage room next to the loading dock (3rd floor)
  • If bins are full use the white box stored in the hazardous waste room
  • For Bellini, Goodman and McIntyre, autoclaved waste can go directly in the regular waste compactor located next to the loading dock area.
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