From: Dave Roberts <droberts**At_Symbol_Here**DEPAUW.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] empty lead radioactive material containers
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 13:29:57 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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Do you have an RSO on campus?  You need to simply make sure the lead pigs are not radioactive.  They should not be, but there is possibility of contamination.

Radioactive materials are treated differently than hazardous chemicals alone.  Lead needs to be disposed of via haz waste hauler, but if it's radioactive, it then needs to be disposed of through radiation program (which is considerably more expensive).

If you can scan them and show that they are not contaminated, then just destroy the radioactive label (take it off, paint it, etc...) and treat the lead as you would your normal hazardous trash

Good luck


 On 08/10/2013 03:27 AM, Alan Hall wrote:
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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