RE: alcohols

From:"Weems, Joyce" <>

BR Instrument Corp. has one - 800-922-9206
Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Connie McManus []
	Sent:	Monday, May 21, 2001 2:11 PM
	Subject:	Re: alcohols

	I am with a university and we have our own environmental health and
	dept. that comes around to pick up hasmats.  I dispose of all ETOH,
	isoprop, methanol, acetone, etc. together in one container (labeled
	the contents and approximate % of each alcohol in the total volume).
	understand this waste is then taken elsewhere to be burned as fuel.
	I keep xylenes and histoclear in one container, with the alcohols
	acetone separate.  If I dump any alcohol down the drain, it is in
	small quantities that can be diluted quickly with running tap water.

	I am thinking seriously about getting one of those recyling systems.
	makes them?  I've seen them advertised, but now that I want one, I
	seem to find the ads (figures).

	Connie M

	At 05:25 PM 5/20/01 -0400, wrote:
	>    This is perhaps a very simple question....but what do other
labs do with 
	>their 95% alcohols?  I know recycling is what happens most.  Does
	>if it is okay, or outrageous to dispose of 95% alcohols down the
sink when 
	>there is too much to recycle?  I read in some literature that
putting 95% 
	>alcohol down the drain was okay, but with large amounts of water.
How much 
	>95% is okay for sink disposal?
	Connie McManus
	Veterinary Diagnostics Lab
	Utah State University
	Logan, UT

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