|Policy: Container Disposal
Appendix VI (adapted from NMSU Lab Guide - dls)
No shipping and/or materials container or an inner liner removed from a container that has held hazardous chemicals shall be disposed of until:
Any user disposing of pesticide containers is required to triple rinse each emptied container in accordance with RCRA Section 261.7 (b) (3) and dispose of the pesticide residues in a manner consistent with the disposal instructions on the pesticide label, RCRA Section 262.70.
No user shall dispose of used radioactive shipping and/or material containers or handling devices as ordinary trash until:
- A radiation survey demonstrates that radioactivity of such items has been reduced to essentially background levels,
- All radiation symbols have been removed or rendered unrecognizable, NMED RPRI, Section 4-350.
Since the majority of these containers are transported to a land fill that is subject to EPA regulation and vigilance, continued violation may jeopardize NMSU's access to the Las Cruces City Land Fill and solicit EPA citations and fines.
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