Disposal / Debris Policy

Below are guidelines to facilitate procedures in handling disposal of debris at Iowa State University. It is our goal to provide quality trash removal services for the campus community.

When cleaning out your office, reallocating space in your department, installing additional equipment and assistance is needed for additional trash receptacles, trash bags or to dispose of these materials, please submit a service request via the web site at www.fpm.iastate.edu and FPM will assist you with your request.

Please do not place items in the hallways for disposal. This may block egress out of buildings and can create an unsafe situation in case of an emergency.

Office furniture, equipment and any misc. departmental items is the responsibility of the department to dispose of by contacting Logistics and Support Services ISU Surplus (294-7300) to schedule removal/disposal of items. No furniture, pallets, wood, computers, etc. in the dumpsters. The only things that should be going in the dumpsters are burnable trash.

Large and/or heavy quantities of books, magazines, paper files, electronic data storage items are the responsibility of the department to dispose of. It is important that all confidential materials be disposed of properly. If assistance is needed to dispose of these materials please submit a service request via the web site at www.fpm.iastate.edu and the appropriate department will schedule the assistance you requested.

Biological debris/ waste are the responsibility of the department to dispose of. Please contact the custodian in your area or FPM custodial department at (515) 294-2812 or the service desk at (515) 294-5100 if additional bags are needed.

Shipping packing/popcorn/peanuts is the responsibility of the department to dispose of. Packing materials must be secured in trash bags and disposed of in the appropriate dumpster. This will assist in keeping the University campus free from blowing trash and debris. If you are in need of trash bags please contact your building custodian or FPM custodial department at (515) 294-2812 or the service desk at (515) 294-5100.

Light tubes/bulbs: If you have used light tubes from your office, please contact the custodian for proper disposal. To meet ISU and Governmental guidelines lights must be disposed of properly labeled and in appropriate storage areas. If you have any questions regarding light and lamp disposal please contact the FPM custodial department at (515) 294-2812 or the service desk at (515) 294-5100.

Break down cardboard boxes and stack in cardboard collection site for your building. This supports the Iowa State Universities effort in recycling. If you have large quantities of card board please schedule pick-up of cardboard. If you do not have a collection site at your building contact Facilities Planning and Management at 294-0692.

White Paper recycling is the responsibility of each building occupant. This program is voluntary. The custodian in your building is responsible for putting the big blue recycle bins on the dock for pick up.

Construction material, shipping crates, pallets, plant waste and/or leaves will be placed on the dock for pick up. Contact Campus Services at 294-1474 to schedule pick-up of construction debris. Do not dispose of construction material in dumpsters as this material is not accepted at the Ames solid waste facility.

Disposal of plastic pipettes, dishes, containers can be disposed of in regular trash as long as they have been autoclaved and pose no biological hazards. (Verified by EH&S). Pipettes are a sharps/puncture concern and must be boxed and sealed prior to disposal in regular trash receptacle.

Effective immediately, do not put any glass in the dumpsters.

  1. Collect broken glass in a sturdy, puncture-resistant, and leak-resistant container labeled as "Broken Glass". A sturdy cardboard box lined with a heavy-duty plastic bag meets these criteria.
  2. Collect only glass in this container. Collect sharps and items which have the appearance of medical waste such as syringes, scalpels, razor blades or needles in a separate "Sharps waste" container as the broken glass will be sent for reclamation. See EH&S's sharps and biohazardous waste procedure.
  3. When the glass collection container is reasonably full, close the plastic liner and seal the box shut with sturdy tape so the box can be safely handled without bursting or popping open.
  4. Place the sealed and clearly labeled with large letters "Broken glass" container in the designated area for your building.
    • In Gilman Hall, the designated collection area for broken glass containers is on the east dock.
    • In Hach Hall, the designated collection area for broken glass containers is in the receiving room at the first floor freight elevator.
  5. Call (515) 294-5100 to report that you have a broken glass container for pickup and give the building name where the container is located.

If you have any questions regarding waste services, please contact Custodial Services at (515) 294-2812 and/or Campus Services at (515) 290-4006.