Glove and Mask Recycling at Penn

vaccine clinic workers
May 5, 2021

glove recycling

In 2020, over 3.2 million disposable gloves were ordered and delivered to Penn's campus. Disposable gloves (nitrile, latex, rubber) not contaminated with hazardous material or used with biological material (human/recombinant/pathogenic) may be collected in a Zero Waste Glove Recycling Box purchased through a partnership with Fisher Scientific and TerraCycle. Order one of the collection boxes on Ben Buys, fill it up, and mail it out using the prepaid shipping label. There is also a limited supply of boxes available in the Chemical Stockroom. 

USE POLICY:

  • Identify a responsible lab staff member to oversee the box/program in your lab.
  • The responsible person must receive an OK from Building Administrator to place the box. Please make sure the Building Administrator has the responsible person’s contact information.
  • Boxes cannot be in use for longer than 90 days. Date the box when placed for collection (see the EHRS website for labels). Purchase the smallest box size appropriate for your lab’s collection volume.
  • Locate the collection box with the lab trash, away from lab benches, hazardous materials and chemicals.
  • Boxes must be intact to ship out.
  • Lab staff is responsible to bring the closed, labeled box to mail room:
    • Tape the lid on the corners.
    • Attached the shipping label to the box.
    • Bring the box to the building’s loading dock or mail room for UPS pick-up.

Once you install the box, complete this form in its entirety and securely affix it to the front of the Zero Waste Box.  This form must be displayed at all times while the box is in use.

 

Mask recycling

In 2020, over 1.1 million disposable masks were ordered and delivered to Penn's campus. Through a partnership with Fisher Scientific and TerraCycle, disposable surgical masks can now be recycled through a Zero Waste Mask Recycling Box. The process is simple: Order one of the collection boxes, fill it up, and mail it out using the prepaid shipping label. There is also a limited supply of boxes available in the Chemical Stockroom. 

USE POLICY:

  • Identify a responsible lab staff member to oversee the box/program in your lab.
  • The responsible person must receive an OK from Building Administrator to place the box. Please make sure the Building Administrator has the responsible person’s contact information.
  • Boxes cannot be in use for longer than 90 days. Date the box when placed for collection (see the EHRS website for labels). Purchase the smallest box size appropriate for your lab’s collection volume.
  • Locate the collection box with the lab trash, away from lab benches, hazardous materials and chemicals.
  • Boxes must be intact to ship out.
  • Lab staff is responsible to bring the closed, labeled box to mail room:
    • Tape the lid on the corners.
    • Attached the shipping label to the box.
    • Bring the box to the building’s loading dock or mail room for UPS pick-up.

Once you install the box, complete this form in its entirety and securely affix it to the front of the Zero Waste Box.  This form must be displayed at all times while the box is in use.