Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:46:59 -0400
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From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Re: Disposal of empty syringes used for solvent delivery
The Maryland regulations are online and could be quite helpful...sharp
s are regulated by each state and so advice from someone in another state,
like Massachusetts (where we cannot put them in the regular trash even
after autoclaving, even if they have not been in contact with an infectious
agent) may not be applicable to your case.
I would also check with your 'trash' collector as their permitting
may not allow them to dispose of your sharps no matter what
state law may say. Getting a mixed load of trash back (week-old
lunch remains, dirty Kleenexes) and having to sort through it to remove
the sharps would probably not be the highpoint of your day...
the above is my personal opinion only, not legal advice, and may not
reflect the views of my employer..
Jay, you bring up another
interesting question. If we collect the syringes with needles in a sharps
container, and they contain no biohazard and are empty, can we then throw
the sharps container in the regular trash?
From:Skarda, Jay [mailto:SkardaJ**At_Symbol_Here**NJHealth.org] Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 <
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Williams, MarkSubject: FW: Syringe
Mark: From my perspective here in Colorado, if it
doesn't contain anything infectious, i.e., "non-regulated", that can be
taken out of the equation entirely. If it contained a RCRA waste,
(but not a "P-waste"), and it's RCRA empty, and no needle, regular
solid waste is fine. If it has a needle, definitely a sharps
container, but this gets tricky with RCRA stuff. It is most likely
that the company that takes the regulated waste, probably isn't licensed to handle a RCRA waste.
JaySkarda Director of Safety & Security National Jewish Health
st2:PersonName> [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Williams,
Mark Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] Syringe
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.
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
empty, non-biohazardous syringes with needles?
I have done a
little searching on this issue, but have not come up with definitive
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