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New Recycling and Waste Collection Rules

Alkaline Batteries
Alkaline Batteries manufactured after 1995 can be disposed of in the regular garbage, please continue to place other types of batteries in the proper container inside the NSLS 90-day hazardous waste storage area.

Waste solder from electronics repair and assembly operations is typically composed of tin/lead or tin/silver solder. Waste solder should be collected in a container labeled "Solder Scrap for Recycling". A single container located in the vicinity of the soldering operations should suffice. When solder stations are cleaned, waste solder should be emptied to the labeled container. When the container is full, it can be taken to Central Shops Division, where it will be sent offsite for recycling. Contact Tom Lambertson Ext. 3352 to make arrangements to bring it to Central Shops. Containers are available from John Aloi. Please pick one up for your area as soon as possible.

Oily Rags
All oily rags generated at the NSLS must be disposed of through BNL Hazardous Waste Management. This includes all rags soaked with “environmentally friendly” or “biodegradable” cooling fluids such as Blasocut. Appropriate waste receptacles are available from the BNL stock system (K60618). If you generate oily rags please purchase a receptacle for your area and start collecting all oily rags. When the container is full, the rags should be double bagged in plastic and disposed as industrial waste. Please use the green non-hazardous waste labels that are located inside the 90-day waste storage shed. In addition, fill out the white Non-radioactive Waste Control Form. It is required that you or your designee be trained to dispose of industrial or hazardous waste. This can be accomplished by taking waste generator web-based training. The training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is valid for one year.

Empty Aerosol Cans
The NSLS Empty Aerosol Can recycling container is located by the NSLS Stockroom. It is a white container lined with a plastic bag and labeled with the words "Empty Aerosol Cans". When the container becomes full, Plant Engineering will collect the plastic bags. Please keep in mind that only empty aerosol cans can be collected for recycling. If a spray can no longer discharge any product and is at atmospheric pressure, then the can is considered "empty". Waste aerosol cans that are still under pressure, that have any product remaining in it, or once held acutely hazardous chemicals or pesticides should be disposed of as hazardous waste. Use the yellow drum that is located next to the recycling container for aerosol cans that are considered hazardous waste.

Please visit the NSLS ES&H web page and the BNL SBMS web page