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
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The Maryland regulations are online and could be quite 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..

>>> "Williams, Mark" <Mark.Williams**At_Symbol_Here**TELEDYNEES.COM> 6/15/2010 2:15 PM >>>

Thanks 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?





Mark Williams

Teledyne Energy Systems Inc.

38 Loveton Cr

Sparks MD 21152




From: Skarda, Jay [mailto:SkardaJ**At_Symbol_Here**]
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 1:48 PM
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Williams, MarkSubject: FW: Syringe Disposal

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.


Jay Skarda
Director of Safety & Security
National Jewish Health


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Hi All,

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.

Thank you



Mark Williams


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