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NCI at Frederick Recycling Program

Recycling at NCI-Frederick is a completely voluntary program designed to give the opportunity for individuals to reduce medical and municipal waste while helping to conserve resources. This site was developed to assist the NCI-Frederick community in their recycling efforts. This site includes information on what types of materials are recycled, frequently asked questions, and instructions of how to prepare and segregate your products.

Recycling Procedures

The FME Service Worker shop will set out recycling bins at several locations within each building: lunchrooms, mailrooms, and copier areas and will empty them twice a week. Lab, shop and administrative staff must bring their recyclables to these bins for collection.

The following materials may be recycled:

  • Paper, including office paper, newspaper, magazines, journals, junk mail, cardstock, non-refrigerator packaging such as milk or juice boxes, brown paper bags and books. Also, shredded paper must be bagged;
  • Plastics bottles boxes and containers with recycling codes #1 through #7, including pipette tip boxes, but not including chemical bottles that have any residue whatsoever. Plastic lunch containers such as yogurt tubs or salad clamshells must be clean before recycling;
  • Glass bottles and containers, including clear and colored glass, but not including chemical bottles that have any residue whatsoever and not plate glass;
  • Metal cans, pans, foils, wire including lunchroom and lab cans, but not including any chemical containers that have any residue whatsoever;
  • Cardboard, including corrugated and paperboard, such as cereal boxes.

The following materials can not be recycled:

  • Food or food contaminated items;
  • Chemical or reagent bottles that have any residue;
  • Computer or electronic equipment (also called e-waste);
  • Styrofoam;
  • Used paper towels, soiled paper plates or cups;
  • Laminated paper;
  • Wax paper;
  • Plastic cutlery (knives, forks, spoons);
  • Aerosol cans;
  • Wood;
  • Ceramics

NCI-Frederick programs can no longer send paper to the USAG Recycling Center for bulk shredding. Programs must make their own arrangements to shred any documents they consider sensitive.

NCI-F has a blanket purchase order in place with All-Shred, a mobile document shredding service. Please contact your program's Administrative Officer to utilize their services.

EHS Waste Management will continue to collect batteries, ink and toner cartridges, Tyvek suits, aerosol cans, empty chemical containers and fluorescent light tubes for recycling. Please e-mail ncichemwaste@mail.nih.gov or call 301-846-5718 to schedule a pickup.

Please be thoughtful about empty chemical containers. If they contain any residue, even if that residue is considered harmless, please contact EHS Waste Management by e-mail ncichemwaste@mail.nih.gov or call 301-846-5718 to schedule a pickup. If the container is clean, such as empty, dry solvent jugs, they may be recycled in the nearest recycling bin.

Please contact EHS Waste Management by e-mail ncichemwaste@mail.nih.gov or call 301-846-5718 for pickup of any aerosol cans – empty or full.

Larger metal objects, such as furniture, equipment or scrap steel must be recycled separately. Please contact the FME Service Shop 301-846-1081 to arrange collection of these items.

For office or lab moves, cleanouts or for large volumes of papers or journals, please contact the FME Service Shop 301-846-1081 for assistance.

If the recycling bins are overflowing or you cannot locate any recycling bin, please contact FME Service Worker shop at 301-846-1081.

Occupants of 244, 310, 425, 431, 550, 562 and 1052 will only find recycling bins on the first floor, since there are no elevators. Please walk your recyclables down to the bins on the first floor.

We are looking at outlets to recycle wood pallets and compost landscaping brush and the like, but these items cannot be recycled, currently.