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Medical Waste

Medical waste at Kansas State University consists of many materials that are utilized in the process of research and education. These materials include vials, ampoules, gloves,gauze, bloody bandages and towels, and sharps. Material classified as sharps are needles, syringes, razor blades, scalpel blades,and other broken or sharp materials that are contaminated, including pasteur pipets.

  • Sharps are to be placed in a puncture proof container.The Department of Environmental Health & Safety will provide,free of charge, 1-gallon containers for sharps accumulation. These containers are to be used for the disposal of needles, syringes,razor blades, scalpel blades, and other contaminated broken or sharp items. You are responsible for the packaging of uncontaminated broken glass and taking broken glass to the dumpster. Custodians do not have to dispose of broken glass.

  • Do not overfill sharps containers. Before requesting pickup of your sharps containers from Environmental Health & Safety,make sure the lid fits on the container securely, or tape the top of the container so no items fall out. Use this form to request additional containers.

  • Do not place sharps in biohazard bags. Biohazard bags are for solid waste such as gauze, gloves, and bandages. Anything which could puncture the container must be placed in a sharps container. Use this form to request additional biohazard bags.

  • Dead animals and animal parts may be discarded via the medical waste program. This waste must be kept frozen until pick-up. Someone in the laboratory must be available at pick-up time to ensure the proper material is discarded.

Sharps and medical waste pick up request form