"Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains,
and the atomies infinity"
- E. Knight
There are many ways to reduce your impact regarding waste in your laboratory -
here are just a few.
Buy pipette tips that utilize a reusable box:
Apply that same logic to other plastic lab consumables, and buy the options that use less plastic:
Conical tubes from USA Scientific,
Avoid purchasing hazardous or toxic chemicals when you don't need to!
Sign up for the EHS Assist chemical inventory to easily share your chemical stocks and see what your neighbors have available to lend.
Even if you don't use EHS Assist, it's great practice to keep your own inventory. Apps like Google Drive make it easy to share your lists with your neighbors.
Ask the community for donations before buying! Right now, the best way is to utilize the REUSE email system - but stay tuned for updates on a new resource sharing platform at MIT!
Recycling is a hot topic in the world today, and an ever-changing one at that. To make matters all the more confusing, laboratories produce hugely varied streams of waste with differing levels of hazardous or medical contamination.
Recent changes to the global recycling landscape have changed the items that can go into single streams from labs - we can no longer include any plastics or glass that were used in a laboratory setting, regardless of their level of cleanliness.
Take the Responsible Waste Disposal Practices course in ATLAS to stay informed of best practices, and encourage your labmates to do the same!