Waste management

Temporary waste handling system in the University City

  • Normal waste that will burned: large blue containers are located in floor K room K11D (red arrow in the attached figure). The containers will be emptied by NatTech-BYG.
  • Polystyrene boxes should for the time being be handled as normal waste
  • Carboard can be placed in the trolleys placed in building 1870 at each floor or in a container in K11D. The containers will be emptied by NatTech-BYG.
  • Sorting of PP plastic
  • Housekeeping bottles/glass should be placed in a container in room K11D
  • Chemical waste (please see below) and broken laboratory glass should be place in room K11C (blue arrow in the attached figure). Do not put any broken laboratory glass in the glass container in the container in room K11D
  • New empty plastic bottles to be used for collecting chemical waste can be found in room K11D

Room for chemical waste in building 1870-K11C


  • When you enter the room you will find six big containers on the right site which are for solid H (marked on the wall)
  • Also you will find one extra container on the right site standing by itself which is for laboratory glass (see photo). 
  • For all the other waste fractions you are kindly asked to mark the bottles/buckets properly with Content, Waste Fraction and Group Name and place them on the tables in front of the drum containers (see photo). Do NOT put them in the drum containers by yourself!
  • Room K11D is for storage, and here you'll find bottles, buckets, bags etc. for chemical waste. We are sharing the room with ST-BYG so there will be some containers looking similar to our waste containers. Make sure not to mix them up! Chemical waste only goes to K11C. There will be some marking on the floor to divide the two areas.

Ulla Birk Henriksen, Lise Møller Fogh and Maria Vinther.

Types of waste

Handling of chemical and infectious substance waste

Handling of Z waste

UN-approved plastic jerricans

At AU, only UN-approved plastic jerricans are used to collect chemical waste and the plast jerricans must be X-quality.
The UN-approved plastic jerrican have a shelf life of only 5 years!

You must therefore be aware of the jerrican on which you can find information that tells you what quality the jerrican has and what year the jerrican was made. This information is read in the jerrican's UN code, for example:

Washing of glassware/autoclaving

  • Waste in metal buckets to be autoclaved are placed in room 1874 room 314. Empty buckets are picked up in room 1874-318.
  • Clean glassware and solutions to be autoclaved are placed in room 1874-314 and can afterwards be picked up in room 1874-322
  • Standard glassware is shared.
  • Special glassware or glassware that requires a special treatment can be handled separately - just contact the staff to make an agreement.

Important details regarding autoclaving:

  • Media will be autoclaved by our colleagues in the dishwashing at 9 am. and 11 am. Bottles can contain maximum 2L.
  • Fluid waste: maximum 2L in the bottles
  • Please mark the bottles with “medium”, “dry waste” and “wet waste”, respectively, and with group name and initials.   

Lab coats

Coats have been systematically sorted and placed on shelves in basement room 1870-024. You are welcome to visit the room and try the coats in different sizes. Please remember to fold and put the coats back where you took them.


Must be thrown in the special box for batteries in the copying room in 1872-544.