Lab Packs for Educational Facilities

Students in lab testing materials

Safe and sustainable waste management practices remain a key priority for companies across all industries. Specific industries such as education, pharmaceutical, and research and development, use many chemicals with expiration dates that require immediate and compliant disposal. As we’re nearing the end of the year, educational facilities are preparing for waste clean-outs when campuses clear for winter break. 

The higher education facilities that offer academic labs and vocational shops often generate hazardous waste that requires disposal procedures that align with both local and federal regulations. Every educational facility that generates hazardous waste, must comply; otherwise, they may encounter costly penalties. In order to safely dispose of hazardous waste, it’s critical for university leaders to partner with the right vendor — one that offers treatment, housing, and transportation options for the various waste streams. Educational settings can generate waste streams consisting of laboratory, electronic or universal wastes. Customers in the education industry that would benefit from safe waste disposal services are as follows:

  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • K-12 schools
  • Laboratories
  • Vocational schools

What are Lab Packs?

Waste management companies, like Clean Earth, offer on-site and self-packing services that are customized for any hazardous and non-hazardous waste needs at the end of a semester or throughout the school year. So, what are lab packs? A lab pack is a specialized container, usually in the form of a poly, steel or fiber drum, that holds smaller containers of chemicals inside of it. At Clean Earth, the lab pack drums range from 5 gallons to 55 gallons to allow for various waste volumes.

Smaller chemical containers are then packed into the drum and cushioned with chemically inactive material, like vermiculite, to prevent any breakage. After that, the drums are labeled, and the shipping paperwork is prepped for compliant transportation to the Company’s fully permitted treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF).

Because lab packs may contain chemicals like acids, solvents and cleaners, it’s important that they’re always handled by highly trained personnel with experience in hazardous waste disposal. As companies continue to put an emphasis on safety and sustainability, proper waste management should remain a large part of those company goals.

Clean Earth provides both on-site services and technical assistance for its Self-Pack Program.

On-Site Lab Pack Services:

  • Chemical packaging
  • Waste handling
  • Consolidation
  • Transportation
  • Disposal
  • Laboratory moves
  • Laboratory clean outs

Self-Pack Program Services:

  • Packaging supplies
  • Loose packing chemicals
  • DOT-Certified transportation
  • Paper packing by hazard class
  • Inventory breakdown for quoting
  • Technical assistance for packing
  • Prepared packing slips with packaging instructions
  • Approval process for submitted packing slips

It’s not too late for educational facilities to safely manage their hazardous and non-hazardous wastes before the end of the year. To learn more about Clean Earth’s extensive and customizable Lab Pack Program that offers a full suite of support services, please visit


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