Radiation Disposal

Materials that will be picked up

The types of materials that can regularly picked up from a lab are the container types listed in EHSA: Solid radioactive waste must be placed in a yellow bag and then sealed in a cardboard box, liquid aqueous/organic (separate) waste put into Carboys, LSC Vials stored in cardboard trays or in bags, radioactive animal carcasses, lead storage pigs in a box, stock vials, sharps containers, and sealed sources.

Unneeded or broken meters may be placed at one of the drop-off locations. Please leave a note specifying why the meter is being left or send an email to radiationsafety@wisc.edu. Larger equipment like Liquid Scintillation Counters and Gamma Counters will be need to be cleared through Business Services’ Capital Equipment. Contact your department head or building manager for assistance with this process. Once cleared for removal, Radiation Safety will take the device for dismantling and disposal.

Other radiation-related items like Plexiglas beta shielding or lead bricks may be picked up by special request. Please contact your laboratory’s Health Physicist or the Radiation Safety email above.

Looking for a radioactive waste pickup?

The waste pickup process occurs in two parts. The first part is inventory of the material, and the second is the actual waste request. If you have been keeping track of your inventory online by creating containers and distributing material from the vials to those containers, you have completed step one in the process. If not, you will have to do the inventory step before you begin the waste request step.

If you have questions about unwanted material that you think should not go into the normal trash, please see the Guidelines for Unwanted Material Disposal on our Recyclopedia page.