Sites offer help with waste issues

Published on August 31, 2011
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Two sites are providing guidance for veterinarians on waste storage and removal.

The AVMA has published guidance intended to help veterinarians learn about environmental and legal considerations for waste management and disposal. Information on hazardous and medical waste and federal and state regulations are available at

The information is part of an educational campaign on hazardous substances and wastes that was recommended by the AVMA Task Force on National Hazardous Waste Product Database and contributed to largely by the AVMA Committee on Environmental Issues.

The Veterinary Compliance Assistance site created by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, with contributions from the AVMA, includes information on pollution prevention, compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, identification and risks of hazardous materials, identification and management of medical waste, and guidance on carcass disposal. That site is at