Medical and pharmaceutical waste from households

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. 

Community resources 
  • If you've undergone treatment with radiopharmaceuticals for a disease like thyroid cancer, some wastes you generate may be contaminated with residual radiation contamination.
  • Certain wastes may have to be temporarily stored prior to placing them out with your trash, typically for a week or more to allow the residual radiation to decay over time 
  • You and your caregiver should closely follow the instructions provided by your doctor regarding waste disposal.