Radioactive trash

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Kitty litter, diapers, tissues and other absorbents that have touched fluids from patients or pets undergoing nuclear medicine treatment are RADIOACTIVE

Segregate for 90 days before disposing in the trash, or flush if small and biodegradable.


Detection of any amount of radiation in the trash causes the following chain of events:

  • the entire 20-ton load is rejected at the disposal facility (SEMASS)

  • driver & vehicle are detained for hours while Mass. DPH is notified

  • the driver must return to town with the load

  • a radiation consultant and hauler sift through the load to attempt to identify the source and type of radiation

  • if the source can’t be identified, the container is reloaded and quarantined for up to three months, until the consultant determines it to be acceptable at SEMASS

  • cost to taxpayers, ratepayers, or the individual can exceed $1,000