Hazardous waste is any product, substance or organism waste that poses a threat to public health or the environment. UBC generates 60-70 tonnes of hazardous lab waste each year.
UBC’s hazardous waste is composed of biological, chemical and radioactive waste. Given the variety, nature and quantity generated, the environmental impact of hazardous waste generated by research laboratories is significant.
The UBC Environmental Services Facility recycles/recovers some hazardous waste including large batteries, oil, paint and silver. Learn more here.
For information on recycling non-hazardous laboratory waste, visit the Green Labs Solid Waste Guide.