There are a few exceptions to this procedure. Certain facilities, such as the Clinical Sciences Center, send all potentially biohazardous waste, including biohazard bags, to Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. (MERI) for processing as medical waste. Thus, it is acceptable for (non-sharp) biohazardous materials in these facilities to be placed into red biohazard bags because they will not ultimately end up in a landfill.
If you are unsure whether biohazardous waste in your building is picked up by MERI (for disposal as medical waste) or is picked up by Waste Management after autoclaving (for disposal in the landfill as trash), please check with your building manager.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation with this change. Contact the UW Office of Biological Safety at email@example.com or 608-263-2037 with any questions.