Carnegie Mellon University

Biological Waste

Biological waste is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and must be disposed of through CMU’s biological waste stream. EHS manages biological waste for the protection of people and the environment, ensuring the proper storage and disposal of biological materials.

Biological waste includes, but is not limited to:

  • Animal carcasses
  • Blood and body fluids
  • Culture flasks, plates, and tubes
  • Sharps and syringes that are biologically contaminated
  • Tissues
  • Any other item contaminated with biological materials

Biological waste is picked up weekly on Wednesday. Pickup requests must be submitted by 5 PM on the day prior the scheduled pickup date. Requests submitted after 5 PM the day prior will be collected the following Thursday. 

Packaging Biowaste

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