Lab Plastics Recycling

Overview & Registration

Laboratory plastic is a predominant waste stream on campus and UBC Green Labs is asking departmental labs to do their part by recycling acceptable containers through the Lab Plastics Recycling Program. Registration is simple and the time commitment is minimal. Sign up now to help your lab recycle!

Volunteers help educate co-workers and create awareness about the program and its guidelines, monitor collection and ensure that only accepted plastic is recycled, and coordinate the transfer of full collection bins to the large UBC “recyclable containers” recycling bins.

Ready to sign up?
Please fill out this online form with the following information: Contact Name, UBC Email, Lab Name, Building Name, and Room Number. Contact if you have any questions. Once your lab is enrolled in the program, you will receive a grey plastic recycling collection bin for your lab and a poster for the program.

PDF version of poster available in resources below.

Collection Procedure

Once a lab is registered in the program and has received a grey bin, they can begin to collect acceptable materials following the guidelines below. When the bin is full, it is the lab’s responsibility to empty it into their building’s central UBC “recyclable containers” recycling bin. If you cannot locate a central bin in your building, or it is full, please contact your Building Operations Facility Manager.

Accepted Materials:

All hard-plastic containers that:

  • Previously contained non-hazardous materials.
  • Are empty, rinsed clean, and dry.
  • Are stamped with one of the following resin identification codes: #1 (PET), #2 (HDPE), #4 (LDPE), #5 (PP), or #6 (PS – rigid polystyrene only)
    Note: All Chemical labels should be removed or defaced.

Not Accepted:

  • Materials previously containing or contaminated with any hazardous materials (i.e. toxic, biohazardous, radioactive).
  • Containers that are stamped with the following resin identification codes: #3 (PVC), #6 (if Styrofoam-see other programs below) or #7 (O – other materials including biodegradable and compostable plastics).
  • Containers that are not stamped with a resin identification code.
  • Lab-specific and hazardous looking materials such as vials, tubes, syringes, pipettes, and pipette tips.

Visit the Lab Plastics FAQs sheet (linked below) or email if you have any questions about the above requirements.


Lab Plastic Recycling Poster

Lab Plastic FAQ

Plastic Code Reference Sheet

Additional Recycling Programs

Additional recycling programs exist for both Styrofoam and Soft Plastics. Visit UBC’s A-Z Recyclepedia for more information about these and other recycling programs on campus.

Other Resources

Recycling starts with smart purchasing. Visit UBC’s Sustainable Purchasing Guide for more information.

Wonder what else goes where? For current information about more recycling options on campus, visit UBC’s A-Z Recyclepedia.

Looking for more sustainable solutions for your lab? Visit UBC Green Labs or contact for more information.