Debbie Knight

Photo of the week

In photo log on January 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

This is a photo of a stack of empty pipet tip boxes.

The reason I took this photo was to show a significant part of the waste stream in many biological research labs. Researchers use the pipet tips and then throw the empty plastic box in the trash bin.

Some cost-conscious and environmental-conscious labs will re-use the tip boxes. And the tip boxes can be re-used a number of times before they become unusable.

But what do they do with them then?

Researchers at my university just received news that we can now place these empty boxes in the recycle bins and they will actually be recycled. Before this announcement last week, many of the various brands of tip boxes could be collected and the university would arrange to send them back to the individual vendors for recycling. Now these boxes will go directly to the recycling plant.

That’s certainly a step in the right direction.

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