Lab Specific Waste Diversion at the University of Colorado Boulder

October 14, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder Green Labs team has collaborated with campus laboratories to increase lab specific waste diversion. Materials that enter and leave labs are often very difficult to recycle due to contamination concerns. The CU Green Labs team set up recycling for various lab specific materials, including foam, pipette tip boxes, plastic conicals, plastic film, metal containers, select solvents, and more. This presentation will describe the different recycling programs in place, how they are maintained, and how they have been a great tool for engaging lab members to support waste diversion and create opportunities between CU Green Labs and lab members for further collaboration toward energy and water savings.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the different materials CU Green Labs has been able to recycle, recycling-related rules, and signage used to promote recycling.
  • Learn how the lab specific waste diversion has engaged labs and lab departments in the CU Green Lab program.
  • Learn about the challenges and successes of CUís lab waste diversion efforts.
  • Learn about what materials the CU Green Labs team would like to address next.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

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Instructor Biography

Sarah Vander Meulen is currently a second year undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Environmental Engineering. She has been working with Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar and the CU Green Labs program as a student assistant for two years on reducing energy consumption, solid waste production, and water use in the research labs on campus.

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