Radioactive Waste

Radioactive wastes are to be accumulated in laboratories in waste containers provided by our office.  For collection, waste must be segregated by physical form and if possible, by isotope.

Radioactive Waste Policy


  • Solids, liquids, scintillation vials and carcasses must have their own barrel.
  • Labs using only one isotope or with extra space to accommodate multiple barrels may consolidate waste by using a separate barrel for each isotope and directly adding dry waste to the barrel without separately packaging first.
  • Scintillation vials do not have to be segregated by isotopes.  If you just use scintillation vials for wipe surveys, there are two quick ways to enter the information in the Waste Pickup System, “swipes” or “swipes(H-3,C-14 only). 

Packaging guidelines

  • Labs must get prior written approval to generate liquids with radioisotopes and hazardous chemicals. NOTE: This policy specifically excludes solvent based scintillation cocktail fluid used for scintillation counting.  See Radioactive Waste Policy for complete information.
  • Lead cannot be placed in any barrel with radioactive waste.  Lead pigs can be submitted through the chemical waste program for recycling.   You must perform a wipe test on each to lead pig to ensure they are not contaminated with radioactivity.
  • Sharps in containers area acceptable in dry waste barrels provided that they are placed in some sort of cut/puncture resistant containers.  Sharps include but are not limited to, needles, razor blades, Pasteur pipettes, and broken glass.


  • For standard pickups log on to the Waste Pickup System.
  • For “Hot Barrel” pickups, please call Environmental programs at 919-684-2794, 24 hours in advance.  A “Hot barrel” is any barrel that gives off greater than 2 mR/hr one meter from the unshielded barrel.  We will need to know the isotope, activity, waste type and number of barrels

This web based system will allow you to request both chemical and radioactive waste pickups.  To get started, your lab must be entered into the Laboratory Safety Management System.  You are in the system already if your lab has been evaluated by Lab Safety.  If your lab has not been evaluated or if you are not a laboratory, please contact Environmental Programs at 919-684-2794 to be added to the system. 

First time users to the system must be either the Principal Investigator or the Laboratory Contact/Manager for the lab.  Once in the system, they can add contacts and choose what tasks that person can do, on behalf of the laboratory.

New chemical and radioactive barcodes must be ordered to use the new system.

Below are training videos that will explain the ystem.  You may also view these videos in the system.  It will be available by clicking the "Need Help?" button.


New Users Training

New Users Training

PC Users   MAC Users

RadWaste Pickups Training

RadWaste Pickups Training

PC Users   MAC Users

Waste Pickup Request System link.

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