* Please note there have been temporary changes to the waste management services on the Bethesda campus. Click here to view the full details of the changes.
NIH waste management programs cover comprehensive waste services at the NIH, organized around the following waste streams:
- Chemical Waste
- Multihazardous Waste
- Radioactive Waste
- Medical Pathological Waste (MPW)
- General Waste
The key goals of the NIH waste management programs are to: maximize the amount of waste that gets recycled, recovered, or beneficially reused; reduce the amount of toxic chemicals purchased and used at the NIH; provide prompt and effective service in support of the NIH research mission; comply with all applicable waste regulations; and avoid unnecessary chemical wastes through smaller quantity orders.
General waste is waste material free of any apparent pathological/infectious, radioactive, or hazardous chemical contamination. Please note that most general waste can be recycled
At the NIH Bethesda Campus, the Office of Research Facilities (ORF) Division of Property Management (DPM) is primarily responsible for the oversight of waste collection (janitorial) services. The Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) takes the lead in the promotion and implementation of waste recycling programs. The NIH recycles various waste streams, including mixed paper, white goods, electronics, toner cartridges, glass/metal/plastic (#1, 2, 6, HDPE carboys and soft plastic bags only, Life Technologies Styrofoam), cardboard, yard waste, and wood pallets. NIH buildings are varied and unique. Factors such as available space for recycling containers, staff needs and interests are taken into account by DEP and the IC Green Teams
when making recycling tools available.