UPDATE: Recycling pipette tips in 2018 has become challenging due to the huge drop in the value of plastic collections. The good news is that there is an economical and environmentally friendly solution for labs! Please read our article The Secret Technology that allows Labs to Reuse Plastic Pipette Tips
Non hazardous micropipette tips can be collected for recycling. Collect in a puncture proof container. BL1 and BL2 tips must be decontaminated with bleach or alcohol before being deposited into a recycling bin. Pharmaceutical contamination would also prevent recycling of tips.
Always check with the environmental, health and safety office at your institution first. Sometimes finding a pipette tip inside a recycling collection container will automatically make everything considered "trash". Your institution recycling program rules will be dependent on EPA, OSHA, local hazardous waste regulations, and the municipal recycling services that are available.
Once you have a pipette tip recycling system cleared to start, its easy!
Yes, reducing life science lab waste is a challenge in today’s recycling environment. But please don’t feel overwhelmed and alone on this issue! Today’s green lab tip is a video that perfectly captures the significant experience of people who have implemented lab solutions that work.
Biological assays have been shifting towards miniaturization for some time, increasing lab work efficiency and enabling high throughput. From genomic sequencing in research laboratories, to molecular diagnostics in healthcare settings, microfluidic device technologies have demonstrated a profoundly sustainable impact in bioscience. Their greatest effect has been in healthcare. Today’s green lab tip spotlights microfluidic technology as one of the most exciting areas in bioscience sustainability!
The vibrant color of turmeric has made it useful since ancient times as a cooking spice and clothing dye. There has been much interest in researching it’s potential as a disease therapy. This research focus has prompted labs to apply this low cost, non-toxic substance to tissue staining (1) and bioimaging (2) studies. While turmeric has not been certified by the Biological Stain Commission just yet, studies have demonstrated some good potential to replace synthetic dyes.
Quality control expert inspecting at curcuma in the laboratory
New England Biolabs and Labconscious invite life scientists and sustainability professionals to attend our Go green! Innovative practices for laboratory waste symposium. Science funding productivity and changes to worldwide recycling markets have been trending topics this year. Attend our symposium and get up to date on new solutions with environmental and economic benefits for life science work.
Not every scientist realizes that going green in the lab is not just eco-friendly,…it also improves scientific work! Informed scientists understand that green lab operations are designed to save time, while reducing the environmental and financial costs. Check out the latest outreach events!
Coomassie blue protein gel staining began in the 1960s, and it’s still a fan favorite in biology labs today. While less sensitive as a colormetric method than silver, or fluorescent staining, Coomassie has undergone a significant revolution in recent years. This post presents a few handy tips for this essential life science pigment.
Many scientific facilities are directing their scientists to utilize lab supplier recycling programs to help meet their sustainablility goals. The following list, with links, is meant to be a quick reference. It may be incomplete. Please send us the name of any other recycling program that you know of, and we will update this list.
A great advance in DNA synthesis efficiency has just been reported in Nature Biotechnology, that also eliminates solvent hazardous waste requirement.
Scientists from CU Boulder's Biochemistry Department are now saving over $250,000 yearly from their research budgets, by using a shared cell culture facility, instead of individual lab cell culture spaces. It's a spectacular result and it makes sense!
View a list of four options for used laboratory equipment....Plus get inspired by George Washington Carver, an American botanist and early environmentalist. His epitaph reads "He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world".