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As we begin the academic year, it is important to reiterate the critical need to maintain the safety of trash generated in laboratories. Empty chemical containers should never be discarded with regular trash. Plastic, glass and metal chemical containers should be triple rinsed (or appropriately decontaminated) and placed in designated empty chemical container receptacles located in laboratory buildings. This required practice serves to ensure the safety of our environmental services personnel, and also ensures that the Rensselaer chemical inventory will be maintained (as empty containers are collected and scanned out of the inventory). Chemically contaminated paper products and other chemically contaminated solid wastes should be collected in an appropriate hazardous waste container and properly managed as such. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to CharlieAnne Huffam at ext. 2281 or via e-mail at

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