Nitrile Gloves

How to get involved 

Eligibility is determined by a lab’s biosafety level (BSL) rating and through consultation with EHS. 

  • All BSL 1 labs are eligible to participate in the program.

  • BSL 2 labs are not allowed to recycle their gloves due to hazardous contamination.

  • BSL 3 labs are not allowed to recycle their gloves due to hazardous contamination. 

If you are interested in recycling your nitrile gloves, please e-mail us with your lab room number and BSL rating (if applicable).  


There are certain guidelines as to what can be thrown into the glove recycling bin. 

Items that are not allowed in the glove recycling bin:

  • Trash

  • Other Brand gloves

  • Anything that has to be red-bagged 

This list of contaminants are allowed to be present on the gloves in moderate amounts, but caution must be exercised to ensure no excessive contamination. 

  • Halogenated waste

  • Strong Acids/Bases

  • Radical Waste

  • Carcinogens

  • Human Infectious Diseases

  • Strong Oxidizers 

To summarize, if a Kimberly Clark nitrile glove can be thrown into the regular trash bin, it can be thrown into the Kimberly-Clark recycling bin.

When your Kimberly-Clark glove box is full, you may drop it off at the large Gaylord collection box in the storage room located within the double doors at the NMS loading dock.

How the items are recycled

The gloves are recycled by a machine which breaks down the nitrile into small particles that are sold in the raw material market to make products such as park benches, trash cans, etc.

Why it matters

The purpose of nitrile glove recycling is to reduce the amount of nitrile waste going to the landfills from University of Texas labs since nitrile is not biodegradable.

Impact we have made

From Spring 2017 to Fall 2017, we have diverted from landfills and recycled 914 lbs. of gloves!

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