Re: Old glass slides

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From:"R.Wadley" <>
Date:Thu, 22 Jul 1999 16:46:31 +1000
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	Dear all,

	Just my 2c worth about disposal of slides.  I've always diposed of lab
glassware (unless grossly contaminated) in the waste glass bin, slides
included.  In theory this means that at certain times all this glass,
broken shattered or otherwise is sent off to be recycled.
	As to putting it in with the sharps, sharps containers are for metal
sharps & nothing else, these containers ultimately end up in land fill
(although the steel cannot be recylced is beyond me, probably too small
amount to deal with).  Waste glass on the other hand can be melted down
(destroying all biological material) & reused.
	My gripe for the day, & yes I currently work in an area where all glass
seems to end up in sharps bins.


At 05:06 PM 7/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
>We put all old glass slides into a sharps container and send them off to
be disposed of with other sharps.   
>Kathy Liucci
>Mesa, AZ.
>Fellow Histonetters.
>What's the best way for disposing of thousands of old Histopathology slides
>(15 - 20 years old) Should we send them to a glass recycling Company, or
>should we treat them as biohazard waste?
>Any safe, practical and money saving suggestions would be appreciated.
>Mike Kirby.
>South Africa.
R. Wadley, B.App.Sc. M.L.S, Grad.Dip.Sc.MM
Laboratory Manager
Cellular Analysis Facility
School of Microbiology & Immunology
UNSW, New South Wales, Australia, 2052
Ph (BH) 	+61 (2) 9385 3517
Ph (AH)	+61 (2) 9555 1239
Fax 	+61 (2) 9385 1591

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