Non-Hazardous Waste

Definition: To  be considered “general waste”, material must be free of any actual or apparent contamination (pathological/infectious, radioactive and/ or hazardous chemical). In some cases, after disinfection or decontamination, previously contaminated material may be treated as general waste.

Examples of general waste include: Office waste (paper, boxes, folders, plastic, glass), decontaminated labware (see Medical Waste section), animal bedding (not contaminated), etc.

General Instructions: Never dispose as general waste:

  • Items labeled with either a biohazard or radioactive materials label
  • Sharps (needles, syringes, scalpel blades, etc.)
  • Material considered to be medical/infectious waste
  • A Red bag labeled with a biohazard symbol, regardless of content
  • An Orange bag labeled with the biohazard symbol, regardless of content
  • Any Yellow bag (indicates radioactive waste)

If Discarding:


Collected by:


Do not place in hallway. Call Medical  Center Operations (7-1462).

GU Recycling Office

Office Waste

Place in clear plastic bag.


General Office Recycling (paper,glass & plastic)

Place in recycling boxes located throughout the Medical Center.

GU Recycling Office

Glassware (not contaminated)

Place in a cardboard box, tape closed, and label “Glassware Trash.” Place in hallway for pickup.

Medical Center Operations

Refrigerator/Freezer (not Contaminated)

Do not place in hallway. Call Medical Center Operations (7-1462).

Not Applicable



Liquid media (not contaminated)

Pour liquid into sink.

Not Applicable

Biologically contaminated liquid media

Inactivate (decontaminate) biological agents using a 10% bleach solution. Let stand for 20 minutes, then dispose via lab sink.

Not Applicable

Solid media

Place in an Orange “Biohazard” bag. Autoclave tape must be used. 

Not Applicable