Waste Disposal

Waste Disposal

Any waste generated in research or operations involving radioactive materials must be treated as radioactive waste.

Waste containing only radioactive material with a half life of 70 days or less (P-32, Cr-51, I-125, etc.)

  • Solids should be placed in a pail with a clear plastic liner (can be obtained from EHS)
  • All radioactive labels on the waste material must be removed or painted over
  • The pail must be labeled with a “Caution Radioactive Materials” label and a list of radionuclides in the pail
  • When full, submit a waste pickup ticket

Liquids containing radioactive materials and no RCRA regulated chemicals

  • Contact the Radiation Safety Officer for disposal instructions

Solids containing long half life radioactive material such as Uranium, C-14, H-3, etc.

  • Place solids into a pail with a sturdy (4-6 mil) liner
  • Materials must be free of liquids
  • Note the radionuclides in the waste and the type of material – paper, plastics, glass, metals, etc.
  • Submit a waste pickup ticket

Sealed sources such as electronic capture cells

  • Contact the Radiation Safety Officer for disposal instructions