Depending on the condition of the instrument, maintenance and repair may return an item to manufacturer specifications for resale, or if it is no longer functional, working parts may be salvaged and sold, and the remaining scrap materials recycled.

Recycling is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of lab equipment no longer in use. “Most instruments can be recycled, but those presenting a radiation risk or extreme biological hazards should not be,” explains Dante Boyer, president of The Lab World Group (Woburn, MA). “Certain molds that may have developed can present health problems as well as decontamination problems and may be better off being permanently disposed of.” In addition to biological contaminants, cryogens and radiation must be considered for X-ray, CT, and MR imaging equipment.

Recycling laboratory instruments and single-use products is an excellent way to keep them out of the landfill, and in some cases, repair and refurbishment adds years of functionality for subsequent owners. “Items we receive from medical facilities and labs must go through a certification process with the state to ensure harmful substances like cryogens have been removed before we pick it up,” says Lou Ramondetta, president of Surplus Service (Fremont, CA). We have an in-house team that goes through a process to evaluate the equipment, he added…

Once the equipment is deemed safe for recycling, there’s the matter of transporting it. Depending on the size of the instrument, it may involve scheduling a simple pick up, or a complete deinstallation for larger, more complex systems. Companies like Surplus Service have the expertise required to remove and transport all types of equipment.

Lou Ramondetta, President of  Surplus Service has shared his thoughts on recycling and refining old lab equipment during an interview with Lab Manager!  Click here to read the full article “Breathing New Life into Old Lab Equipment”  by Michelle Dotzert, PhD.