The Sars Centre follows University of Bergen waste guidelines with some local adaptations (uib.no > HMS-portalen > a-Å > avfall). For detailed information regarding the Sars Centre’s guidelines, please contact Grethe Underland.
In principle, substances that are harmful to the environment must never go into the sink or wastebasket. Although each person may dispose only small amounts, the cumulative amount of chemicals from many users can have significant negative impact, especially over time. Our primary goal should be to protect the environment from all harmful substances.
Sinks and drains
- Sars Centre animal facilities are connected to a water purification system (“the pyramid”) that chlorinates and irradiates waste water. It is vital that no insoluble particulates or strong chemicals be placed into these facilities’ sinks/drains as it will seriously damage the purification system.
- Sinks/drains in Sars’ laboratories and fume hoods empty waste water directly into the surrounding fjords. DO NOT wash waste products down the drain! Hazardous or toxic substances should not be allowed to enter the environment via this route. (See Annex 11 for threshold values of waste concentrations.)
Quick guide to waste categories and disposal at the Sars Centre
- Regular waste / Forbruksavfall(uncontaminated)
- Separated into recycled and other waste.
- Special waste / Problemavfall
- Chemically contaminated waste (e.g. gels, general lab consumables, paper, plastics, gloves, etc.) disposed of in yellow boxes.
- Biological waste (GMM and GMO)
- GMM: Sterilised by autoclaving - either in bottles/flasks (liquids), or plastic bags within metal autoclaving bins (tips, tubes, agar plates)
- GMO: Large animal waste – frozen and disposed of in yellow boxes; Small animal/larval waste – animal facility sinks /drains connected to the “pyramid” purification facility or yellow boxes
- Hazardous / Dangerous waste (farleg avfall)
- Organic solvents without halogens: red container in room 229 B1
- Organic solvents with halogens: blue container in room 229 B1
- Inorganic, organic, and various hazardous chemical waste (e.g. heavy metals): separate collection and disposal in special labelled red boxes.