Waste Handling Information


Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances. This waste can be disposed to the sanitary sewer, if liquid or is sent to a biohazard waste disposal company. Biohazardous wastes are handled in accordance with the UNMC and Nebraska Medicine Biosafety Policies and Procedures.

UNMC: http://unmc.edu/ibc/about/index.html

Nebraska Medicine:  http://intranet.nebraskamed.com/employeeResources/Default.aspx

RED BAG CONTAINER(solids) or Sanitary sewer(liquids)-using appropriate precautions & PPE

  1. Amniotic Fluids
  2. Blood
  3. Blood Tubing
  4. Blood-Filled Syringes
  5. Cerebrospinal Fluids
  6. IV Tubing Containing Blood
  7. Peritoneal Fluids
  8. Pleural Fluids
  9. Semen
  10. Synovial Fluids
  11. Vaginal Fluids
  12. Emesis, Feces, & N/G Drainage ONLY if there is visible Blood, Urine, Sputum,
  13. Filled Sharps Containers(except reusable sharps containers)
  14. Medical Laboratory Waste – All Cultures & Stocks of Infection Agents, including Specimens from Medical & Pathological Laboratories, Wastes from the Production of Biologicals, Discarded Live & Attenuated Vaccines and Culture Dishes & Devices.
  15. Sharps – Hypodermic Needles, Scalpels, Pipettes, Breakable Containers, contaminated with Biohazardous material. Uncontaminated sharps can go in puncture proof container in regular trash
  16. Suction Canisters – That contained Blood or Body Fluids and now are empty

RED BAG CONTAINER – Must add Label to be incinerated

  1. Human Body Parts, Tissue & Organs
  2. Animal Body Parts, Tissue & Organs
  3. Non-regulated chemotherapy wastes

Questions:  UNMC Safety 9-7315

Nebraska Medicine Safety 9-6690

Pickup: Environmental Services, 9-4073



General waste (ordinary trash) is anything that does not fit into other waste or recycled categories. General waste is sent to the local landfill.

  1. Diapers
  2. Disposable Bed Pads Kleenex
  3. Food Waste
  4. Food Wrappers
  5. Glass (Place Glass  Bottles, Slides, Coverslips or Broken Glass in puncture proof container prior to placing in general trash)
  6. Isolation Trash that is not biohazardous or contaminated with chemotherapy waste
  7. Office Trash
  8. Peripads
  9. Plastic bags and non-rigid plastic
  10. Tampons
  11. Wound Dressings that are not biohazardous

Questions and Pickup:  Environmental Services, 9-4073


Chemical Waste is any of the following chemical materials, including both hazardous and non-hazardous waste subject to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) Hazardous Waste Requirements. Chemical waste is sent to an EPA regulated hazardous waste disposal facility and is handled in accordance with the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Chemical Safety policies and procedures. This material requires the completion of a chemical collection tag.

For more information, see the UNMC Chemical Safety Manual or Nebraska Medicine Chemicals Safety Manual found on the Nebraska Medicine Intranet under Employee Resources.

  1. Aerosol Cans
  2. ChemicalsChemotherapy chemicals
  3. Empty containers from P-Listed Chemicals (acutely toxic chemicals)
  4. Paint and paint thinner
  5. Pesticides
  6. Pharmaceutical wastes
  7. X-Ray film and chemicals

Questions & Pickup: Environmental Health & Safety Department



Radioactive Waste is any material with detectable radioactivity above background levels. This material is sent to a radioactive waste disposal facility.  These materials are handled in accordance with the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Radiation Safety policies and procedures. For more information see the Radiation Safety Manual.

Questions & Pickup:  Radiation Safety



Universal Waste is any of the following materials and is subject to NDEQ Universal Waste requirements. This material is sent to a Universal Waste disposal facility and is recycled or disposed. Universal waste is handled in accordance with the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Chemical Safety Policies and Procedures. For more information see the UNMC Chemical Safety Manual.

  1. Batteries – Used lead acid batteries, nickel cadmium and lithium ion rechargeable batteries, or button (calculator, watch) batteries.  See our battery recycling page for non-rechargeable alkaline battery (pager, flashlight) recycling information.
  2. Electronic waste: See Surplus Material above
  3. Mercury Containing Lamps – light emitting bulbs containing mercury, including high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, fluorescent bulbs, and metal halide lamps.
  4. Mercury Containing Items – thermometers, manometers, sphygmomanometers, mercury switches/thermostats and any other devices that contain elemental mercury.

Questions & Pickup: Environmental Health & Safety Department




Recyclable material is any waste not listed above that is currently collected on campus that can be recycled. These materials are sent to recycling facilities. Recyclable materials are handled in accordance with the Campus Recycling Procedures. For more information see the LiveGreen website.

Questions:  livegreen@unmc.edu

Pickup: Environmental Services, 9-4073



Surplus is any item that you or your department no longer needs. These materials may be reused within the organization, sold or properly disposed and are handled in accordance with the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Surplus Policies and Procedures.

If you think the item can be reused on campus, post it for free on the Supply Exchange page.  Divert materials from the landfill while saving the organization money!


Items to be sent to surplus are generally:

  1. Computers
  2. Printers and cartridges (for recycling)
  3. Electronic Equipment
  4. Furniture
  5. Chairs
  6. Appliances


Questions & Pickup:  General Supply, 9-5899


Questions: 2-3848

Pickup: 402-595-1333