Re: [Histonet] Disposal of specimens/formalin

From:Gayle Callis

If shipping it becomes very expensive or some collection agency/lab has to 
do this at great expense, consider formalin recycling.  I know of labs who 
use this and love it, it cut down on costs tremendously.

At 06:48 AM 3/31/2006, you wrote:
>We have been recently informed that our method of disposal for our
>formalin filled containers will have to be changed.  Currently we
>dispose of the filled containers (specimens and formalin) in double red
>biohazard bags which are then put in hardfiber boxes.  I would be very
>interested in how other institutions are handling their waste disposal.
>Is anyone separating the formalin from the tissues in the containers
>prior to discard and if so, what type of procedure are they following to
>accomplish this?  Any help would be greatly appreciated since we will
>have to implement some plan sooner rather than later.
>Thank you,
>  Vicki
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Gayle Callis HTL, HT, MT(ASCP)
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University
Bozeman MT 59717

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