Appropriate disposal of waste may seem straightforward at first, but differences in handling an item may contribute to factors that change its waste stream - that is, the process by which it's disposed of.
For example, the appropriate disposal of a piece of intravenous tubing used to deliver a chemotherapeutic drug to a patient can be affected by something as simple as flushing the IV line during chemotherapy:
The keys to proper disposal decisions include:
This members-only resource is intended to provide members with practical guidance for the appropriate disposal of solid wastes generated by their veterinary practice. This is an extremely complex issue, and we've attempted to boil it down to what's most relevant to our members – but please consider these pages as guidance only. If you have questions about waste disposal regulations, it's best to go straight to the regulatory source – the EPA and/or your state or local agency.
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