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Sustainability and Recycling - Services


 Laboratory wastes, whether chemical or biological, can pose a significant risk to human health and the environment if not handled correctly. As part of MUSC’s goal of becoming a sustainable campus, the MUSC Sustainability & Recycling Program provides collection service of recyclable materials. MUSC staff, students and faculty can reduce their impact on the environment and reduce costs.


Plastic, Glass & Metal:plastic

Clean uncontaminated lab related plastic, glass and metal containers can be recycled in the blue container labeled “Glass, Metal & Plastic.”  These materials are collected once a week.

·           Deface the label by marking a large red X across the name of the chemical

·           “Triple-Rinse” containers that contained liquids, chemicals or media.

·           Do not recycle containers that contained biohazard, noxious or highly toxic chemicals

·           Place lids or caps back on whenever possibleplastic

Plastic: Only rigid plastics: no Styrofoam, no plastic wrap are acceptedbrown glass

Glass: Brown Glass only! (as pictured to the right) No ceramics, no plate glass,

no tempered glass (Pyrex).

Metal: Metal trays (foil) and any item or metalcontainer made of aluminum, steel or any other metal

 Cardboard & Paperboard:

Flatten cardboard and paper board (tissue and gloves boxes…) and place it next to your trash container. Housekeeping collects all cardboard when they pick up your trash. The cardboard is then baled and recycled.


Printer paper, envelopes and any other paper are recycled in the grey bin with a slotted green lid (23 gal.) All paper is shredded on campus. Paper is picked up once a week.

E-Waste & Batteries:

E-waste items include wires, plugs, empty toner cartridges and any other small electronic item; any large equipment (one with an asset tag) that you are disposing of must go to surplus. Collect e-waste in a box and batteries in a jug or a bucket. Call 2-4119 to request a pick up.


1.       Decide what materials you will be recycling and the type of bin that you want (bin selection)
2.       email your questions to
3.       Request a bin for your area by calling 2-4119 - for a full list of bins click here
4.       Provide operator a contact name and room number where the bin will be located
5.      Click here for a copy of the poster - print as many as you feel necessary
6.       Click here for a copy of the presentation to show new staff or those who missed our intial visit
7.      Click here for a pdf version of these guidelines

reccyle bin


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