Industries Served

Boston Area Life Science Labs

Servicing Labs In Academia and Industry

Massachusetts single-stream recycling haulers do not accept most plastics from laboratory spaces as they are considered ‘medical waste’. If items such as pipette tip boxes make it to the floor of the large-scale recycling facilities, they are often picked out from the line and discarded as trash. By collecting these lab plastic items separately from other recyclables, GreenLabs Recycling is able to ensure the cleanliness of the stream and create a valuable resource of single-resin plastic ‘regrind’ to be used again in the plastic molding manufacturing process.

GreenLabs Recycling makes it easy to recycle most brands of tip boxes and other lab plastics that are not accepted in typical recycling programs. Contact us today for a quote.

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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 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!

What We Collect From Boston Area Labs

Pipette Tip Boxes, Wafers, and Lids
Pipette Tip Boxes, Wafers, and Lids
Conical Tube Racks
Conical Tube Racks
Media Bottles

Media Bottles
*upon request

Ready To Get Started?

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

GreenLabs Recycling In The News

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How scientists absolve their plastic guilt

ScienceLine | September 20, 2022

Journalist Hannah Loss interviews GreenLabs Recycling co-founder Brenda Waterman to discuss “plastic guilt” and how GreenLabs has come to be a solution for many labs by recycling up to 75% of lab-generated plastic waste.

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Recycling startup tackles laboratory plastics

Resource Recycling | April 14, 2022

GreenLabs co-founder Brenda Waterman and head of operations employee Serena Monteiro are interviewed by Resource Recycling reporter Marissa Heffernan to discuss the accomplishments of GreenLabs Recycling and how the company plans to grow in the future.

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Update on Massachusetts’ effort to improve plastic beer can carrier recycling in 2021

Craft Brewing Business | January 4, 2022

Reporter Chris Cowell looks at the can carrier recycling initiative in 2021 and improvements for the upcoming year. Look forward to more breweries and retailers taking part in the program in the near future!

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Recycling startup tackles laboratory plastics

WBUR Boston | October 26, 2021

WBUR Reporter Bruce Gellerman explores different approaches to sustainability in the craft beer industry. Shoutout to Rob Vandenabeele from EcoFriendlyBeerDrinker who has been helping us so much with the effort to collect can carriers for recycling.