From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] empty lead radioactive material containers
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:34:01 -0400
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If the lead is not radioactive, there is also a scrap metal market for lead.  As much as I think the metal should be limited in our economy, it is not.  Lead is still sold in lead/tin solders, lead came for stained glass windows, lead shot gun pellets, lead fishing sinkers, lead flashing for roofing, the steel in your car's engine block contains about 8% lead, and so on. The real crime is that it is used in your computer solders and connections.  This is not allowed in the EU and should not be here either.  We will buying the lead all the other countries will be glad to sell us and get rid of.    In fact, there are replacements for all of the lead items listed above.  We just lack the will.
But as I understand it, you still can't hurl the lead out in the dumpster if you are a school or business.  Householders can, however. 
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 8:09 am
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] empty lead radioactive material containers

I'd suggest disposing them in a Hazardous Waste Landfill.

Lead and radioactivity are not good for children and other living things.

Alan H. Hall, M.D.

On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM, Strode, Kyle <strode**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
We rid ourselves of all of our radioactive samples several years ago, but I recently located a box of lead storage containers in which (presumably) bottles of radioactive materials were stored. These are lead containers that are about the size of a can of Campbell's Soup and they have a radioactive label on the outside but are totally empty.
Two questions:
Can these be disposed of as nonradioactive waste?
Since they are made of lead, is there an issue with disposing of them in the normal solid waste stream?
I know that I will need to contact my local municipal solid waste office to be sure, but I'd appreciate any advice from the listserv.
Kyle Strode

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