Lab Recycling

For a list of items accepted university-wide, visit the UAB Recycling page.

The following items are accepted from labs participating in the UAB Green Labs program:

Pipette Tip Box Recycling

Pipette tip boxes are one of the largest streams of waste in labs on UAB’s campus. The pipette tip boxes are composed of a #5 plastic, a material which is not disposable in the plastic receptacles found throughout UAB’s campus. Due to the quality and abundance of this plastic, many researchers have shown a strong desire to recycle these boxes. As a result, UAB Green Labs Program has partnered with the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center to implement a Pilot Program for pipette tip box recycling.

Also, consider purchasing pipet tip refills for your boxes.

pipette recyclingHow are Pipette Tip Boxes Recycled?

  1. The pipette tip boxes are collected by a UAB Sustainability and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
  2. The recycling center grinds the pipette tip boxes into pellets and donates the pellets to companies using #5 plastics.

How to Participate in Pipette Tip Box Recycling

  1. Autoclave all pipette tip boxes which the lab intends to recycle to eliminate any chances of contaminants coming in contact with any individuals at UAB Green Labs or the recycling center.
  2. Email FAC-labrecycling@uab.edu to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the pipette tip boxes. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.

Polystrene/Styrofoam ® Recycling

Polystrene, generally referred to by the name-brand Styrofoam, is the main pollutant in American oceans and waterways. Polystyrene is also the primary source of urban litter in American cities. Due to the environmental impact polystyrene has on the environment and on ecosystems around the world, UAB has partnered with the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center to implement a pilot program for polystyrene recycling.

What Will Be Recycled/Reused?

Polystyrene/Styrofoam coolers will be collected. Packing peanuts will also be accepted, but the collection streams will be different. Please remove any tape or non-polystyrene material from the cooler. Please do not include packing peanuts with the styrofoam coolers.

How are Polystyrene coolers recycled?

  1. The coolers are collected by UAB Sustainability and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
  2. The recycling center melts and molds the coolers and sells the product to companies using polystyrene.

How are Packing Peanuts Reused?

  1. Labs make a request to have their packing peanuts collected.
  2. The packing peanuts are collected and delivered to UPS to be reused.

How to Participate in Polystyrene/Styrofoam Recycling

  1. Please request pickup for no more than 5 coolers at a time.
  2. Packing peanuts should be in a container appropriate for pickup such as a garbage bag or box. All types of packing peanuts are accepted.
  3. Email FAC-labrecycling@uab.edu to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the cooler and/or packing peanuts. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.