The problem you are running into is that uranyl nitrate is a naturally occurring radioactive material or NORM. You will not know what level the radiation is without a laboratory analysis, which must be accomplished prior to disposal. My experience is that once that is known, you will have to dispose of it as a mixed waste (both radioactive and hazardous).
Uranyl acetate is toxic, uranyl nitrate is a strong oxidizer. You cannot dispose of these items in municipal trash.
From: "Laster, Willard (Lincolnshire)" <Willard.Laster**At_Symbol_Here**SGS.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] disposal of uranium compounds
We had a similar situation a few years ago. There are companies in the Chicago area that specialize in radioactive waste, but it was going to be extremely expensive ($3000 for a few small bottles of uranium nitrate). I actually called the Illinois State Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the problem and they were very helpful. They reassured me that it was perfectly legal to throw the bottles into the regular trash as long as it was below a certain activity level.
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In our most recent lab pack shipment of old chemicals as hazardous waste, our disposal company took everything except two 1 lb jars of uranium nitrate and uranium acetate that have been on the shelf since the 1960s.
I'd be grateful for strategies on the proper disposal of these compounds along with companies that specialize in these types of waste. We're hoping to not break the bank.
If it is too expensive to dispose of them, are we in violation of any regulations if we keep them?
Thanks for your help!
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