From: "Ferm, Barret" <fermbarreta**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] empty lead radioactive material containers
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:47:52 -0500
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I recently happened on some lead pigs, too. I determined that they are not hot, so am planning to sell them to a local scrap metal business at their going rate ($0.65/lb). I have not sold them yet, so if any of you have cautionary information on why I should not sell them, please chime in.

Barry Ferm

St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

"Happiness is attained by letting go of the things that are unnecessary." - Sharon Salzberg

On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 2:06 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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