Custodial Services

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Custodial Services

Campus Operations provides a full custodial cleaning program for the campus buildings.  Standard daily cleaning services include trash removal, dusting, floor washing and vacuuming, as well as floor stripping/waxing and rug shampooing.  Custodial Services provides all labor, equipment, and supplies (including restroom supplies and trash bags).

For specialty cleaning and custodial related emergencies, please contact the Facilities Call Center (24 hours a day 7 days a week) at 617-432-1901.


As part of the campus-wide sustainability effort, Harvard Medical School provides recycling services and bins for all offices, labs, and common areas. Custodial staff removes single-stream recycling (all recyclables go in the same bin) as part of their regular cleaning routine and periodically collect lower volume recyclables, such as electronics, CFL bulbs, batteries, and printer cartridges from designated areas across campus.  Additional information on recycling, bin requests, and maps of pick up areas can be found at:

Biohazard Removal

The Custodial Department is responsible for the pickup and removal of the biohazard waste boxes from the labs and buildings. The custodial department also supplies biohazard containers upon request. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Facilities Call Center (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 617-432-1901.

Stericycle maintains an inventory of reusable sharps containers that are empty, disinfected, and ready for distribution.  Stock is to be handled exclusively by Stericycle staff.  Stericycle must account for all its two- and eight-gallon containers, so please do not take any containers from its service distribution area.


If your lab needs empty, replacement containers, alert John Colman, Stericycle’s sharps service supervisor.  He may be reached at mobile 978.290.8648 or  If you cannot reach John, alert Louis Mello, HMS campus operations manager, at 2.2016 or


Office/Lab Equipment and Supplies

Large non-working equipment should be called in to the Facilities Call Center (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 617-432-1901.

Small non-working equipment can often be recycled as E-waste, please see “Recycling” above for more information.

Small equipment, supplies, and furniture from labs and offices that is still in good working order and would be useful to others can be brought to the Freecycle room on the first floor of TMEC, room #150.  The Freecycle room is open to Harvard Medical School faculty, students and staff Monday through Friday from 9-5.  Further guidelines for use are posted on the door to the room, and additional questions can be directed to