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					Greening the Lab Program - Lab Recycling & Reuse Guideline – version 2 (October 2009)
http://web.mit.edu/environment/reduce/sustainability.html

Divert your lab trash from the garbage can to the recycling bin. Help MIT reduce the amount of trash
by recycling or participating in vendor take back programs. All lab recyclable items can simply be
placed in the desk side or recycling receptacle already present in your lab. To obtain a desk side
recycling bin place a request to Facilities through the Building Services tab on SAPweb or to Office
Depot via eCAT3 for a Slim Jim container. For acid and solvent recycling opportunities please contact
environment@mit.edu.

Single Stream Items
    Aluminum foil
    Cardboard
    Containers (aluminum, metal, glass, plastics #1-7)
    Glass & plastic chemical bottles
    Paper
    Pipette tip boxes (numbered #1-7)

Special Process Items
    Batteries
    Electronic waste (monitors, computers, fax/copy machines, etc)
    Light Bulbs
    Packing peanuts & materials
    Plastic bags (packaging film & wrap)
    TechnoCycle (DVDs, CDs, cell phones, chargers, etc)
    Toner & Ink Cartridges
    White goods (refrigerators, air conditioners, large pieces of lab equipment)

Non-Recyclable Items (please reuse)
    Ice packs
    Styrofoam shipping containers

Vendor Take Back Programs
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Single Stream Recycling Process Guidelines:
     Aluminum Foil – clean tin/aluminum foil can be placed in recycling bin

     Cardboard – Please break down and flatten boxes (all sizes). Either place in or leave near
      the recycling bins for custodial services to remove. Flattened cardboard may also be left in
      hallways along the wall provided sufficient room is available for safe exit during an
      emergency; OSHA requires a 44 inch access within the exit corridor for emergency exiting.
      The EHS Office prefers that all hallways and exits are free and clear of materials.

     Containers (aluminum, metal, glass, plastics #1-7) - ensure items are clean & empty, place in
      recycling bin. Remember, no food or drinks are allowed in labs.

     Glass & Plastic chemical bottles – ensure bottles are empty of all liquids (rinse to remove
      potential odors and collect the first rinse with its associated hazardous waste stream), remove
      or deface the label, loosen the cap to prevent any pressure buildup and place in existing
      recycling bin for custodial services to remove. All Acutely Hazardous or P-Listed materials

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         should be handled as hazardous wastes, as they would require triple rinsing prior to disposal.
         Contact the EHS Office (environment@mit.edu) for details & assistance. Please note that
         Pyrex, light bulbs and ceramic items are not acceptable within this stream. Plastic coated glass
         chemical bottles may also be recycled within MIT Facilities managed labs; however, Tech
         Square labs do not allow these containers for recycling in their program.

     Paper – If you can rip it you can recycle it! Place all paper materials in recycling bin. Please
      note that napkins and wipes are not included in this stream.

     Pipette Tip boxes – Boxes that contain a recycling number #1-7 should first be
      decontaminated by spraying with a disinfecting solution; such as, ethanol, bleach or
      Wescodyne. Then either utilize the vendor take back program (see below for details) or place
      disinfected boxes in the recycling bin.

Special Process:
     Batteries – As of October 2009 MIT accepts ALL types of batteries, including domestically
      manufactured alkaline batteries, which made after 1994 no longer contain mercury. In addition,
      rechargeable batteries; such as, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion (button
      batteries used in watches and hearing aids), lap top batteries and the lead acid batteries, MUST
      be recycled. In order to effectively collect batteries for proper disposal, MIT has placed battery
      collection containers throughout campus. Batteries can be dropped off at the following
      locations: E19 stock room, VWR stock room in the basement of 56, EHS Office in N52-496,
      Facilities Office in NE49-2000, all MIT dormitories, W20 and Stata recycling areas and in
      most MIT mail rooms. Batteries from old cell phones should be removed from the cell phones
      and recycled in this manner. Battery terminals should be taped as a fire prevention measure
      during collection and transportation. As of July 2009, batteries should NOT be placed in
      Techno-Cycle bins.

     Electronic Waste – mid and large sized e-waste items; such as, monitors, CPUs, televisions,
      printers, copiers, electronic equipment and their associated components (mice, keyboards,
      speakers, etc) should be managed as Electronic Waste through the Department of Facilities.
      Schedule a pick up of these items using the Department of Facilities SAP form for free
      removal (if weighing less than 50lbs).

     Light Bulbs – Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs contain mercury and must be collected
      for recycling. 4’ & 8’ Fluorescent Lamps are collected for recycling by the Department of
      Facilities Repair & Maintenance Zone. If your lab has a CFL or UV light bulb to recycle place
      the intact bulb in your SAA and place a request for Hazardous Waste pickup.

     Packing peanuts & materials – set up a collection point in your building or on your floor for
      future shipments or collect in an envelope / box, label as packing materials and send inter-
      company mail to WW15 (Mail Services) for reuse.

     Plastic bags, wraps & films– collect plastic shopping bags and other thin plastic items (plastic
      bubble wrap & films from packaging) and mail to NW62 attn: Grounds, for recycling.
      (Custodians do not pick these up for recycling) or place in the collection bins in W20 and 32
      (Stata).




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     TechnoCycle – Trash related to daily-use technologies; such as, cell phones, PDAs, pagers,
      floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, video tapes, wires and Inkjet Cartridges are all considered to be
      TechnoCycle and can be mailed to NW62 in an inter-company mail envelop labeled
      ‘TechnoCycle for Recycling’ or dropped off at Mail Distribution Centers. If you do not have a
      TechnoCycle bin you may request one through the Building Services tab in SAP.

     Toner & Ink Cartridges - All MIT Distributed Mail Centers (DMC's) contain drop boxes for
      used toner cartridges. If your mail room needs a bin, or your bin needs emptying, submit a
      request via the Building Services tab in SAP.

     White goods – follow the EHS Deactivating and Decommissioning Equipment SOP and work
      with the MIT Property Office before contacting the Department of Facilities Grounds &
      Movers to schedule a pick up for removal and recycling. Contact the EHS Office with specific
      questions at environment@mit.edu.

Non-Recyclable Reusable Items:
     Ice Packs – contact vendor to see if they’ll take back for reuse. If your vendor will take the ice
      packs back please utilize that route as well and contact environment@mit.edu to let the
      Sustainability Office know of this service so we may extend it to other labs. Due to the
      polymer gel contents these items cannot be placed in recycling bins. If no option exists for
      reuse or take back, please place these in the trash.

     Styrofoam shipping containers – contact vendor to see if they’ll take back the container for
      reuse or speak with your Bio-Safety Rep for potential use in future biological shipments. If
      your vendor will take Styrofoam containers back please utilize that route and contact
      environment@mit.edu to let the Sustainability Office know of this service so we may extend it
      to other labs. Otherwise place these items in the trash.

Vendor Take Back Programs:
VWR – Pipette Tip Boxes
contact: Maddy Eibner-Siwek, 1.800.932.5000
maddy_eibner-siwek@vwr.com, www.vwr.com

Corning – Pipette Tip Boxes, Plastic serological pipette wraps, Centrifuge tube racks, centrifuge tube
bags
contact: Pam Murtagh, 1.800.492.1119x8048
murtaghpa@corning.com, www.corning.com/lifesciences

USA Scientific – Pipette Tip Boxes, Plastic serological pipette wraps, Centrifuge tube racks,
centrifuge tube bags
contact: Joe Marinaro, 1.800.872.3847x518
jmarinaro@usascientific.com; www.usascientific.com




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