Depends on your state. Our state (NC) not only allows, but encourages, disposal of medical wastes in the regular trash (but the waste still has to be in the OSHA-required labeled bag or sharps container). This was a big shock to me. Apparently, a lot of states are now DISCOURAGING incineration of normal biohazardous/medical wastes b/c of the air pollution from incineration. They are also discouraging use of the biohazard red bags as they often contain lead.
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[mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Williams, Mark
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:16 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Disposal of empty syringes used for solvent delivery
Teledyne Energy Systems Inc.
38 Loveton Cr
Sparks MD 21152
Subject: FW: Syringe Disposal
Director of Safety & Security
National Jewish Health
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Syringe Disposal
We use syringes to deliver solvents. Some of the syringes have needles, some do not. None contain any biohazardous substance, but the solvents would be hazardous waste if disposed of.
*For syringes without needles, if they are empty when disposed of, can we consider each syringe to be a RCRA empty container and throw them in the regular trash?
*What about empty, non-biohazardous syringes with needles?
I have done a little searching on this issue, but have not come up with definitive guidance.
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