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From:"Carol Bobrowitz" <>
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                      Subject:                              Time:  12:00 PM
  OFFICE MEMO         slide disposal                        Date:  5/2/00
I am posting this for another laboratory.
The clinical histology department is moving to a new laboratory.
At this time they need to dispose of old microscope slides, 75 years worth.
Enviromental Services claim these old glass slides are biohazardous and need to
be placed in sharpes containers for disposal.  They refuse to remove them in
the corrugated glass disposable containers.  We are located in the state of
Wisconsin and particularly would like to hear from labs from this area.  The
questions are:
1)  Are these bioharzardous?
2)  Does the state have a statute pertaining to this?
3)  How do other labs in the state dispose of their slides?
Thank you for all your help in advance.  
Linda Kharitou thanks you.
Carol Ann Bobrowitz
Medical College of Wisconsin

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