From: Brian Wazlaw <briwazlaw**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Biology Specimen Disposal
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:42:54 +0100
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: EB532C0A-EEDB-4C41-A8D9-0A058A788D21**At_Symbol_Here**
In-Reply-To <975FA6B99931624499BC3BAD910E4F6F06230F5726**At_Symbol_Here**>

Hi Laura,

Hope all is well.  =46rom the 1940s, I would assume formaldehyde.  Formaldehyde is hazardous and needs to be disposed off following your state's regs on disposal. You will have to use a licensed hauler.  Make sure your school or district has an EPA ID number which is needed for disposal. I would contact your state dept of environmental services for help and guidance. In all cases your school has to be formaldehyde free.

Brian Wazlaw
Laboratory Safety Consultant 

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 2, 2014, at 10:01 PM, Laura Damon <ldamon**At_Symbol_Here**FVCC.EDU> wrote:

Hi All,


We are cleaning out and remodeling our biology lab and have LOTS of preserved specimens, some from as far back as the  1940=E2=80™s.  The biology folks want to discard these.  My question=E2=80=A6is there any way to dispose of them other than through a hazardous waste facility?  I assume most are stored in formaldehyde solution.


Thanks in advance for your wisdom and replies.


Laura L Damon

Coordinator of Instructional Safety and Chemical Hygiene

Flathead Valley Community College

Kalispell, MT


Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.