Washington State University
Biological Waste Disposal Program
Facilities Operations – Waste Management
Washington State University utilizes four separate management options for the management of Biological Waste. Each
research project or medical procedure must be evaluated to determine safe disposal methods. Research investigators
also must consult the WSU Lab Safety Policies and Procedures Manual and the WSU Bio Safety Officer found
- Use of onsite Autoclaves on certain contaminated materials. After being autoclaved the materials may
then be disposed of as normal waste.
- Shipment of Bio-Waste through a licensed shipper of medical and pathological waste. The current provider of
this service is Stericycle. Materials are collected in boxes provided by
Stericycle depending on the type of material.
- Shipment of waste through WSU's contracted hazardous waste shipper. This only applies to a few university
departments and is coordinated on a case by case basis.
- Incineration at the WSU Incinerator. Because of the cost and emissions generated by operating the facility,
this is used for a few small waste streams that are difficult to ship through outside providers.
Click Here to view the Medical, Infectious, and Low-level Radioactive Waste Management
Plan for the Incinerator
Call (509) 335-9075 or (509) 335-4530 for more information