How It Works

Frequently Asked Questions

GreenLabs Recycling collects and recycles empty pipette tip boxes, refillable wafers and other plastic items from research facilities in Greater Boston. We provide locally-based, cost effective plastic recycling solutions to help make science sustainable.

General Questions

What areas do you serve?

Our current service area includes most cities in the Greater Boston area, including Andover, Beverly, Boston, Cambridge, Danvers, Medford, Natick, Somerville, Waltham, and Watertown. If your business is located here, reach out to us!

Service Area Map Around Boston and Concord

If you are outside this area, we are working on expanding, so keep checking in, and send us a message if you want to have our services where you are located!

Do you have a drop-off location?

Right now we can only accept pipette tip boxes and lab plastic material if we pick it up directly from your facility. If you are a municipality looking to recycle large amounts of clean and unlabeled #5 plastic, contact us here.

Do you collect more than just pipette tip boxes?
Yes, we will take most clean and dry #1 (PET) or #5 (PP) lab plastics. Notable examples include conical tube racks and media bottles (triple rinsed and dried). Take a look at our accepted items poster for more detail.

Accepted Items

Can I mail you my pipette tip boxes?
At this time we are not accepting mail-ins of lab plastic material. Reach out to us to set up direct-to-facility collections if you are in our service area.
How big are your collection bins?
Our collection bins measure 16” x 16” x 31” and can hold around 100 empty tip boxes. They’re also made using recycled cardboard!

Ready To Get Started?

We’d love to learn more about your recycling needs and help keep your plastic materials out of the landfill.

Plastic Resin pellets in holding hands.

Did You Know?

After GreenLabs Recycling collects your plastic, what happens to it?

  1. Plastic is manually sorted by resin-code - the number inside the 'chasing arrows triangle' found on most plastic items. Sometimes plastic is then further sorted by color. 
  2. Plastic is mechanically shredded into smaller pieces known as 'granulate' or 'regrind'.
  3. The granulate is used as raw material in injection, compression or blow molding applications to create new plastic products. Granulate is often combined with virgin plastic but some products are able to be made using 100% recycled material.