Can pipette tip boxes be recycled? The pipette tip box recycling program at UIC is helping scientists find ways to recycle laboratory supplies. This program diverts nearly 46,000 pipette tip boxes from landfills and saves the facility about seven thousand dollars annually in medical waste contract costs. Researchers can even recycle pipette tip boxes to keep labs running smoothly. The UIC PTB Recycling Program currently includes 56 bins in 10 buildings.
Pipettes are used for accurate sample transfer. The single-use polymer tips have been a mainstay in molecular labs for decades. They must maintain consistent quality levels, sterility and costs. Fortunately, recycled pipette tips meet these requirements and are also available in environmentally-friendly materials. Here are some other ways to make sure your laboratory is making the most environmentally friendly decision:
A recycled pipette tip box can help reduce waste by up to 80%. These containers are made from recycled plastic. However, some institutions have no recycling facilities and may discard the tips as trash. Depending on your institution's hazardous waste regulations, your pipette tip recycling program may vary. When in doubt, contact a local waste hauler to determine what the procedure will entail. In most cases, the tip can be recycled if it has not been contaminated by chemicals.
Fortunately, TerraCycle has developed a zero waste solution for pipet tip boxes. Its recycling box measures two-and-a-half inches in diameter and comes with five 12-inch blue and white collection boxes. To help reduce waste, the UBC Sustainability Office will coordinate pipet tip box collection. Upon completion, the pipet tip box coordinator will coordinate the removal and replacement of the full box. The recycled pipette tip box is then converted into pellets and recycled into park benches. TerraCycle's program is changing the way we look at waste.
This research focuses on the biofilm formation process using biofilms of Candida glabrata, a species that can form biofilm communities resistant to various antibiotics. It also evaluates the impact of biofilm formation on the development of antibiotic resistance. To test this hypothesis, three C. glabrata strains were grown on microcentrifuge tubes and formed biofilms after 24 hours of incubation. After 24 hours, the biofilms were recovered into cell suspension.
If you're constantly running out of pipette tips, a pipette tip rack is a great way to store them and keep them organized. These racks can hold up to 204 tips, and can be autoclaved up to 121 degrees Celsius. In addition, the racks can hold pipettes from a wide variety of brands, including Oxford, Nichiryo, and Pipetman.
The plate used for pipette tip racks may be made of any suitable material. Polymers used to manufacture pipette tip racks include polypropylene, high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and polytetrafluoroethylene. Pipette tips can also be made of polyethylene teraphthalate. The plate is usually formed of a polymer with a rigid inner surface.
Pipette tips come in various sizes, ranging from 0.1 ul to 20 mL. They are made of virgin polypropylene, which means they are easy to use. They are also sealed, so they can be transported at room temperature and used multiple times. Pipette tips have a validity period of 24 months. Single-channel pipettes are inserted into the tip vertically and tightened using the pipette end. Single-channel tips can also be autoclaved, but the tip box cannot.
Another important benefit of pipette tip racks is that they can help limit the lateral displacement of pipette tips when loaded. Many industries and laboratories utilize pipette tips for processing samples, adding a variety of reagents, and so forth. Moreover, the tips can be used in bulk to process multiple samples. If a single tip is not enough, a pipette tip rack can help you prevent these issues.
Some racks feature a wafer, which allows refilling from bulk-packed pipette tips. These racks are available with hinged lids, which make them convenient for repeated access. Some racks also have reload systems to help users fill the tips manually. And, for those of us who don't want to be stuck with a huge plastic tip rack, these racks are a great way to go.
Besides pipette tip racks, pipette tips can also be stored in a counter-bore. Counter-bores, as well as the rim, are close to the pipette tip. By restricting the pipette tip's effective diameter, the counter-bore will be less likely to cause the pipette tip to displace laterally in the rack.