Monfils, Paul PMonfils <@t> Lifespan.org
Fri Jan 27 15:26:03 CST 2006

We buy xylene in 1-gallon plastic bottles, and there is no problem putting
them in the trash.  However, just a couple of suggestions - Do you actually
have to remove the labels, or will they accept painting them over? Or
sanding them with coarse sandpaper so they are illegible?  Probably the
easiest way to make holes in such a container would be a hole saw set in an
electric drill.  I would do this after the containers are well rinsed.
Electrical motors shouldn't be used in close proximity to flammable solvents
for obvious reasons.

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> Fairman Mara
> Sent: 	Friday, January 27, 2006 8:51 AM
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> I have a question for anyone ordering xylene or toluene in the 5 gallon
> heavy white plastic containers.  The cost for disposal companies to take
> away is high.  The landfills won't take unless they are: triple rinsed,
> all
> warning labels removed and large holes in them (so they can't be re-used).
> It is not an easy task to remove those labels, not to mention finding a
> way
> to put holes in that heavy plastic.  I would appreciate hearing how other
> labs are disposing of these.
> Thanks,
> Mara
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