Re: [Histonet] Disposal of specimens/formalin

From:Leslie D Duncan

Hi Vicki,

Our formalin waste is picked up by Onyx also - they provide containers 
to collect the waste in, and pick it up on a regular basis (depending on 
your lab needs).  I have no idea the cost, but they collect all of our 
hazardous waste including formic acid, bouins, alcohol, xylene, all 
expired chemicals/reagents that cannot be disposed of down the drain.

Best of luck,

Vicki Gauch 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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