Laboratory Waste Landfill Diversion Working Group

Industry Lead: TBD

Coordinated by: I2SL

Learn about the activities of this working group.

This working group is addressing barriers and sharing best practices related to laboratory waste diversion, with an initial focus on reducing waste from suppliers and manufacturers. The working group is especially interested in improving the ability to recycle laboratory plastics, and increasing ways to divert Styrofoam cooler boxes and gel/ice packs from landfills. The group has identified two areas of focus: supplier-side barriers and opportunities, and purchaser-side barriers and opportunities.

Working Group Projects

  • New! Nitrile Glove Call to Action and Resource Guide: The purpose of this document is to call for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for nitrile glove manufacturers and distributors, as well as to explain the current lifecycle of nitrile gloves from production to use to disposal. Additionally, this document will educate glove users and purchasers on best practices for procuring, using, and managing waste for nitrile gloves. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this project!
  • Technical bulletin regarding use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in laboratories: Michaela Barnett, a fellow from the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, worked with the Lab Waste Landfill Diversion Working Group to develop this impact statement, which provides an overview of the environmental issues associated with EPS, challenges associated with its disposal, and in-depth, concrete strategies for laboratories to reduce their use of this material and develop more sustainable strategies for its disposal.
  • Purchaser group: Collecting information on the priority of minimizing waste for laboratories through surveys and benchmarking research.
  • Supplier group: Engaging with suppliers and manufacturers to understand current work, barriers to waste minimization, and opportunities that align with business models.

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Working Group Activities

The working group convenes approximately every 6 weeks via conference call. View the running meeting minutes.

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