General Waste

* 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 Disposal Guide 2014

Click here to view the 2014 NIH Waste Disposal Guide

General Waste is waste material free of any apparent or actual 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. 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 IC Green Teams when making recycling tools available.

For more info on recycling at other NIH locations, please visit the recycling home page.

Solid Waste Management in Maryland