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Disposing Contaminated Powder

We are interested to find a cheaper way of disposing of contaminated powder. Are we allowed to “throw away” the powder in our dumpster?

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Q. I am trying to learn more about the disposal of contaminated powder. Our company currently pays for someone to come and take the powder away. We are interested to find a cheaper way of removing it, we are curious if we are allowed to “throw away” the powder in our dumpster. B. Z.

 

A. If you have enough of this stuff, there are people who will buy it from you. There is a company in China that will pay a reasonable price for it. Otherwise, if this scrap powder does not contain hazardous materials (i.e. heavy metals), then most local authorities allow for disposal as safe industrial waste. People often send it out with their plant trash. Some waste haulers and landfills require that the powder be melted first to prevent accidental spillage. Check with your local authorities or trash hauler to find out what precautions you must take.
 

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