Broken Glassware Disposal Instructions

Broken glassware should never be handled directly.  Use a broom and dustpan, tongs or forceps to pick up broken glassware.  Plastic items should be used as much as possible.

Method of Disposal:

Non-hazardous broken glass should be placed in a broken glass container (see image).  These are generally purchased or salvaged cardboard boxes that are taped securely closed so that  there is no possibility that anyone will get cut or punctured by the waste once it is in the container.   Never use biohazard bags to line these containers.  These containers should not be filled more than 3/4 full or weigh greater than 40 lbs.  Once the container has been filled to 3/4 full, the interior liner should be tied shut, the lid closed and taped shut and the top marked for disposal.

Examples of normal lab glassware that can be disposed in this manner may include:   empty glass chemical bottles (see also the EHS instructions on disposing of empty containers), glass pipettes, microscope slides/coverslips, and broken beakers or flasks, etc.  Once these sharps are contained and the box taped shut, contact University Housekeeping to collect them for disposal.

Last modified: Jan 26, 2015