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Properly disposing of lab equipment is important for safety. Broken glass is not only dangerous, but chemicals inside the glass could leak. Properly dispose of broken glass in a glass disposal box and keep glass items safe in containers specifically designed to prevent accidents. There are different options to choose from based on the glass products being stored, such as test tubes or the entire test tubes racks. Staples® has plenty of lab supplies and other related products that keep employees and workers safe when working with glass.

Disposal Boxes for Accident Clean-Ups
This type of disposal box looks like a regular cardboard box, but inside, it has a wealth of features that help to keep employees safe. The fiberboard construction repels water so liquid won't leak out. The boxes also have thick polyethylene liners that won't rip or tear from glass shards. The lining can also withstand harsh chemicals without melting. Users can simply toss the boxes away when chemicals are involved. The tight enclosure prevents airborne particles from escaping. Many models can hold up to 40 pounds of waste.

Prevent the Need of These Disposal Boxes With Laboratory Storage Racks and Boxes
Safely storing glass items, such as test tubes and vials, often prevents the need to use disposal boxes. While it's good to have one in case of accidents, it's even better to prevent the incident in the first place. Test tube holders and racks keep glass tubes standing up straight in individual holes. This keeps them from falling into each other and stops liquid from spilling out. They come in strong plastics or coated metal wire that users can heat up or cool down without destroying the rack. A cryobox holds vials in individual sections and can withstand ulta-low temperatures without shattering.

How Do You Properly Dispose of a Glass Disposal Box?
The proper way to remove this type of container from a lab depends on the waste inside. People can toss broken glass with no chemicals or hazardous waste in the box and then throw it into the regular garbage. Make sure to tightly tape the lid closed so custodial service workers don't get cut. Hazardous materials still found in broken test tube racks can go into the box, but you must treat the box like chemical waste. Label it as such and place the entire box in a hazardous waste container.

Should You Place Broken Plastic in a Glass Disposal Box?
Plastic vials and test tubes and even plastic test tube racks can break and leave sharp edges. It's a good idea to discard them in this type of disposal box for safety.

Do the Laws to Discard Glass Disposal Boxes Vary by State?
The EPA has laws and steps required when it comes to discarding hazardous waste, including what may be in sealed off glass disposal boxes. Most states follow these laws, but there are also state-specific rules. Check local programs, such as health or environmental departments, for the laws in your area.
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Nalge Nunc International Corp Test Tube Half Rack, 20 Place
Item: 1604450 / Model : 5972-0420 PK
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  • Product Type: Test Tube Half Rack
  • Dimensions: 3.3"H x 4.1"W x 5"L
  • Made of green acetyl plastic
14.29 $14.29
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Labelmaster Packaging Kit with Unmarked Fiberboard Box
Item: 1601930 / Model : LM UN4GV6X8A EA
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  • Product Type: Packaging Kit
  • Corrugated insert for containers
  • Absorbent lined bags for easy shipping
49.99 $49.99
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Nalge Nunc International Corp Cryobox, 81 Place, 4/Pack
Item: 1604433 / Model : 5027-0909 PK
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  • Product Type: Cryobox
  • Dimensions: 2"H x 5.25"W x 5.25"L
  • Made of white polycarbonate
64.99 $64.99
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Nalge Nunc International Corp Test Tube Rack, Red, 72 Place
Item: 1604452 / Model : 5976-0516 PK
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  • Product Type: Test tube rack
  • Dimensions: 2.75"H x 5"W x 9.75"L
  • Made of red polypropylene
32.69 $32.69
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Bel-Art Products Test Tube Rack, White, 21 Place
Item: SS4084804
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  • Product type: Test tube rack
  • Made of polypropylene
  • Holds 30 millimeter tubes
As low as 23.99 $23.99
Multiple options available
Bel-Art Products Test Tube Rack, White, 40 Place
Item: SS4084518
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  • Product Type: Test Tube Rack
  • Made of polypropylene
  • Holds 20 millimeter tubes
As low as 23.99 $23.99
Multiple options available
Simport Scientific Biotube Rack, Blue, 10/Case
Item: 1602080 / Model : SIMP T100-4B CS
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  • Product Type: Biotube rack
  • Made of blue polypropylene
  • Quantity: 10 per case
127.49 $127.49
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Qorpak HMS Four W Neck, Natural
Item: 1602613 / Model : HMS-6442M PK
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  • Product Type: HMS four w neck
  • Neck Size: 33 millimeters
  • Designed with fiberboard
125.49 $125.49
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Dynalon Products Glass Disposal Box, 27", White, 6/Case
Item: 1602243 / Model : DYL 797005 CS
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  • Product Type: Glass Disposal Box
  • Dimensions: 27"H x 12"W x 12"D
  • Made of fiberboard
104.49 $104.49
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Bel-Art Products 60 Place Test Tube Rack, White
Item: SS4084534
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  • Test tube rack
  • White polypropylene
  • Contains 60 places
As low as 78.99 $78.99
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Bel-Art Products Glass Disposal Box, 6/Pack
Item: SS4084842
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  • Product Type: Glass Disposal Box
  • Available in Different Size
  • Made of fiberboard
As low as 73.69 $73.69
Multiple options available
Nalge Nunc International Corp Test Tube Half Rack, Blue, 20 Place
Item: 1604396 / Model : 5972-0320 PK
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  • Product Type: Test tube half-rack
  • Dimensions: 3.3"H x 4.1"W x 5"L
  • Made of blue acetyl plastic
14.29 $14.29
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Dynalon Products 20" Glass Disposal Box, White
Item: SS4129517
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  • Product Type: Glass disposal box
  • Dimensions: 20" height x 12" width x 12" diameter
  • Designed with fiberboard
As low as 34.89 $34.89
Multiple options available
Midwest Plastics Hydrometer Rack, 8 Place, 5/Pack
Item: 1601910 / Model : MSI HY001-1 PK
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  • Product Type: Hydrometer Rack
  • Made of Acrylic
  • Contains 8 place
649.99 $649.99
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