Medical and pharmaceutical waste from households

Community resources 
Using a community-based or commercial collection or disposal program are the preferred options, but these may not be available in all areas of the state. 
  • If you've undergone treatment with radiopharmaceuticals for a disease like thyroid cancer, some wastes you generate may be contaminated with residual radiation.
  • Certain wastes may have to be temporarily stored, typically for a week or more, to allow the residual radiation to decay before placing them out with your trash 
  • You and your caregiver should closely follow the instructions provided by your doctor regarding waste disposal.  

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