General laboratory waste which is, or may be contaminated must be treated to render it safe (using an appropriate method) prior to disposal
Specialist laboratory waste must be treated according to UK waste legislation depending on the type of waste.
Organisations must ensure that anyone dealing with their laboratory waste complies with the duty of care for waste.
Laboratories can produce a variety of different wastes, including:
- gas and dust
- liquid solutions that contain chemicals
- solid wastes
- wastes that contain radioactive substances
Additionally, laboratories, particularly in the biological sciences, are often involved in activities which result in the use and production of materials which are classed as Animal By-Products.